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Abigail Taylor, Contributing Writer • April 16, 2024

Terrier News Update 5: Joe In, Bye Don?

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President Elect Joe Biden (left) and incumbent President Donald Trump.

Welcome to the Terrier News Update. We look at all the top headlines and form a coherent briefing on all of the news spreading across the nation, giving you updates every two weeks. Feel free to contact our ditors if you have any suggestions.

Biden projected as winner by all major news sources.
DELAWARE—on Saturday, Nov. 7, Joe Biden was named president-elect by all major news sources, from the Washington Post to Fox News. With a speech that focused on hope, faith, and moving forward, he addressed the nation Saturday night.

However, it’s likely the battle for the White House is not over. Fox News reports the Trump campaign will continue to file lawsuits in battleground states and ask for recounts.

While many news outlets have predicted this will not have a substantial impact on the result of the election, Trump’s continued attack on the democratic process and his claims of voter fraud have encouraged many of his followers to take a similar stance.

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Trump tweeted on Nov. 8, “I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES” and “I WON THIS ELECTION BY A LOT,” causing Twitter to put a special banner on sev- eral of his tweets for misinformation and disputed claims. Already groups of people celebrating and protesting Biden’s victory have clashed in places across the country.

Biden’s biggest challenge, besides that of the coronavirus, will be that of reuniting the country. With a split senate, and a sizable number of voters who voted for Trump in the election, a lot of the damage done by partisan tensions over the last four years must be undone by the Biden administration.

History made
More than a couple of records were broken when the totals came in on Saturday. According to CNN, both Biden and Trump won historic numbers of votes, with Trump winning the most for any sitting president at a little under 71 million and Biden receiving the most votes for any president ever at just over 75 million.

The implication of this record is clear. There were more voters, and a larger percentage of eligible voters, at the polls this year than in many years previous.

While many sources have suggested this could be because of partisan divide, some are saying an active voting population is a sign the country is getting back on the right track. 138 million people voted in 2016, whereas a projected 161 million voted in 2020.

The biggest winner on Election Day, however, was Senator Kamala Harris, the vice president elect. By January she will become the first female vice president, the first African American vice president, and the first person in the White House of South Asian descent.

COVID-19 is far from over
While much of the news cycle this week has been dominated by the election, it’s clear that the coronavirus continues to be the biggest threat to Americans. According to the New York Times, The US has surpassed 10 million positive cases, and has start- ed to consistently hit an average of 100,000 new cases a day.

Many places in Europe have revisited lockdown procedures, but one thing is abundantly clear: the Virus is ramping up for the winter, not settling down.

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