E CARTOON NOV 10 2020 268x300 - US polls  — It’s all over, but not for TrumpThe world this week saw the election of a new United States president – Joseph (Joe) Biden Jr. of Delaware,  candidate of the Democratic Party, along with his vice-presidential teammate  Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

Three days after the election, the early counts in the 50 states as reported by news networks  had yielded only 253 Electoral College votes  for Biden and 214 for Trump, with 270  needed to win.  The  counts in  four states – Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona – were  delayed  over the mass of votes sent in by mail  as many Americans chose to avoid massing at poll centers on Election Day  because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Saturday, NBC News reported that  Pennsylvania finally completed its  count – in favor of Biden –and its 20 Electoral College votes pushed Biden across the required winning total of 270.  Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia later   further added to his total.

With 93 percent of  the expected total vote  counted,  Biden  led Trump by over 4 million votes.  The 74.5 million votes counted for Biden as of Saturday were said to  be the largest  number  of votes won in the US by any presidential candidate

“It’s time to put the anger and the harsh  rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite.  And to heal,” Biden said.   Leaders of both Democratic and Republican parties were quick to congratulate Biden and his running mate  – notably,  Florida Gov . Jeb Bush, and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

But President Trump himself was defiant.  “This election is far from over,” he said.  “Joe Biden has not been certified  as the winner of  any  states,  let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recount.”

Trump has long  been raising fears about the vote tabulation process, demanding that officials halt counting in places where he thought the remaining votes favored  Democrats.  Last Wednesday, with millions of votes still uncounted, he claimed that he had won. The next day, he made a series of election fraud claims, but  without  any evidence.

In all previous US elections, losing candidates have been quick, in the interest of national unity,  to congratulate their  winning opponents in  results compiled by the nation’s respected press  organizations, ahead of the official  government  count.

With President Trump  long  disputing the credibility of the nation’s major press  organizations, the world may be in for  a  long  battle —   in the courts and other institutions —  over the results of the US presidential elections. W can  only  hope that everything will be resolved by  January 20, the day set by the US Constitution for  the oath-taking of the new  American   president.

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