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Biden Victory, Trump Lawsuits, and A COVID Vaccine: News Flash for 11/9/20

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  • After a long and contentious presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th President of the United States. After winning key swing states on Saturday morning, including Pennsylvania, Biden surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency at 290; President Trump is still at 214 electoral votes. While the race is still technically ongoing, with Alaska, Georgia, and North Carolina still undecided, major news networks and polling websites like Fox News and The Associated Press have called the race for Biden. The announcement of the victory prompted celebrations in towns and cities around the country, with New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia holding massive celebrations throughout the weekend. Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation at an event in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, where he accepted his victory and told the nation he will work to bring America together. Along with Joe Biden’s victory, Kamala Harris will be the first woman, the first African-American, and first Asian-American to hold the office of vice president; the only other vice president who was not of fully Caucasian heritage was Herbert Hoover’s vice president Charles Curtis, who was part Native American.
  • President Trump has yet to concede the presidential race, claiming that there was widespread fraud in several swing states. The Trump administration and his main lawyer, former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, have filed several lawsuits against these states and polling locations demanding a recount and investigations into voting fraud. With Trump’s three Supreme Court judges put in during his presidency, the President is aiming to bring this issue to the Supreme Court to overturn Joe Biden’s victory and guarantee him a second term. The current situation mirrors the 2000 presidential election, where Al Gore initially won but the decision was overturned that December after multiple recounts and investigations.
  • Drug company Pfizer is on the way to finishing a coronavirus vaccine that they claim has a 90% success rate, which could be the next step toward reducing and possibly eliminating the virus. The vaccine has been shown to have the highest success rate of any vaccine that has come out since the pandemic began. Members of the Trump administration and the future Biden administration are looking to work with national health professionals to get the vaccine out to the public to reduce the number of cases and deaths from the virus.