In what may go down as one of the closest presidential elections in history, ballot counting is still not complete three days after Election Day. Overnight, several states flipped from Red to Blue – but by very tight margins. The mainstream media insists that the “overly-litigious” Trump will contest the election. They refuse to accept the results – as though anyone who loses several states by less than 1% should go quietly into the night.
The media bashes Trump for his brashness, confidence, and already in-motion lawsuits. Meanwhile, they seem to have conveniently forgotten that Democratic candidate Al Gore took the 2000 presidential election to court. Bush v. Gore went all the way to the Supreme Court to decide if Florida should continue with a manual recount of votes. A decision was not reached until December 12, 2000.
Reviewing the 2000 Recount
Back in 2000, Bush won with 48.8% of the vote in Florida, a margin of victory of 1,784 votes. The margin of victory was less than 0.5% of the votes cast.
Democrats never viewed Al Gore as hyper-litigious or refusing to accept the result of the election when he filed suit, demanding a recount. Instead, they saw the small margin of victory and determined that they needed a recount – especially since Florida used punch cards, which had produced dimpled or hanging chads.
Gore only requested manual recounts in four Florida counties. These include Volusia, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade. They traditionally vote Democratic and was expected to garner more votes for Gore.
Media organizations that later analyzed the ballots found that the originally pursued, limited county-based recounts would have confirmed a Bush victory, whereas a state-wide recount would have led to a Gore victory.
Ultimately, George Bush won the election with 271 electoral votes. Al Gore received 267.
2000 vs. 2020
Biden Edges Closer To Projected Victory.
From the states that have been called by the US media so far, Biden has secured 264 electoral votes, while Trump has won 214. Winner needs 270 electoral votes to capture the US presidency.#JoeBidenKamalaHarris #USElectionResults pic.twitter.com/N7isshSVLM
— eastupdates.co.ke (@eastupdatesnews) November 5, 2020
Now let’s look at our current presidential election. This one isn’t coming down to just one state like it did in 2000. There are multiple states with incredibly close margins:
Wisconsin (10 votes): 20,538 margin with 99% reporting
Arizona (11 votes): 43,779 margin with 90% reporting
Pennsylvania (20 votes): 9,853 margin with 98% reporting
Georgia (16 votes): 1,564 margin with 99% reporting
With President Trump sitting at 214 secured electoral votes, a win in these four states would result in 271 electoral votes – and a second term as President.
President Trump is well within his rights to request recounts and increased supervision in each of the four states, especially given the reports of widespread voter fraud and late-received mail-in ballots being counted in with the rest. Based on Bush v. Gore, he must demand a full statewide-recount in each of the states.
The pressure of the media to accept an initial count and declare a winner within the week cannot be described as anything other than hypocritical based on the history of elections past. Unfortunately, their portrayal of Trump as tyrannical will only further the ensuing tantrums and violence if recounts find him to be the true victor. They are casting a long shadow of doubt on the legitimacy of the election if he does indeed win a second term.
While the lawyers and the courts hash things out, we can expect to wait at least another month until a president-elect is declared.