Election night is well and truly heating up...
Now, as you will all be aware, it's been one hell of a journey.
via: GettyBack in August, when it was announced that Joe Biden would be going head-to-head with Donald Trump as the official Democratic nominee, we knew this race was going to be filled with ups and downs.
But with the end in sight, the 2020 presidential elections have given us more than we initially expected.
via: GettyWhile both sides made the best out of an exceptional situation, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they also fell victim to some strange habits, including (but not limited to) name-calling, late-night ramblings, inaccurate tweets and misquotes.
To sum things up, the first presidential debate diminished the last bit of hope we had...
via: GettyThe Guardian described it as a "national humiliation" watched by global audiences, if that's anything to go by. Rather than discussing the pressing issues that were plaguing the country, the 2 nominees resorted to hurling insults from either side of the podium.
And the chance to redeem themselves was stolen as the second debate got canceled.
via: GettyDue to the president's potentially contagious self, the second debate was forcibly canceled, though the rivals still held their own separate events where they discussed all the topics they couldn't go into detail about the first time. Public opinion on who performed the best was divided.
And the third and final debate was probably the best of them all, only because of one thing...
via: GettyMuting the opponent's mic while someone else was speaking. Who knew such a simple tactic would be so effective? The final debate, which took place in Tennessee, saw both candidates discuss several of the country's problems, including the coronavirus pandemic, social movements, and climate change.
But of course, it didn't come without some last-minute digs.
via: GettyWell, what else were we really expecting?
Now we're mere hours away from closing all the polling stations and rounding up all the votes.
via: GettyThough this year, things might be a little different.
Back in 2016, the winner was announced in the early hours of the following day.
via: GettyWhen it was announced that Wisconsin had voted red and ultimately pushed Donald Trump over the 270 electoral threshold, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat and our new president was announced.
But this year, due to the large number of mail ballots, we might be waiting a little longer for the overall results.
via: GettyAnd it's going to be a close one.
Nearly 100 million had already cast their vote before election day...
via: GettyAnd according to the Independent, polls showed that Biden and his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, lead the way, being favored amongst 66% of voters.
But between the people that voted on election day, 69% of them favored Trump.
via: GettyOther polls predicted results that opposed each other, some thinking our current president would be re-elected, while others rounded up that we would have a Democrat on the throne.
And just like the polls, people are also divided on who's going to win this one.
via: GettyWho knows which way this one's going to go, but one thing we know for sure is that you should all vote in this election.
Opinions have been definitely been varied:
Election Day in person voters are voting 3 to 1 for Trump in FL. This is over. Trump will continue to be YOUR President.— Brigitte Gabriel (@Brigitte Gabriel)1604432568.0
Raise your hand if you are anxious but very hopeful that Joe Biden will win this thing and bring peace and calm bac… https://t.co/v7PswpSYQg— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1604424527.0
In the coming hours the media will realize Trump can win this election. VOTE!— Charlie Kirk (@Charlie Kirk)1604429772.0
Joe Biden gives me a feeling of hope.— Paula Poundstone (@Paula Poundstone)1604388168.0
trump is the worst president america has ever had rt if you agree everyone should agree— Draco Malfoy ➐ (@Draco Malfoy ➐)1604360703.0
Today I’m feeling optimistic. This election could go either way, BUT I’m still feeling good about the fact that tod… https://t.co/ISMEcRxQmx— 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚞𝚜 (@𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚞𝚜)1604422164.0
In the last few hours, these polls have started to close...
via: GettyAnd the first results of the 2020 election rapidly began flooding in.
As of 6 pm Eastern Time, polling stations in parts of Indiana and Kentucky were the first to close.
via: GettyIt was quickly confirmed that Trump won in a number of states, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Alabama, while Biden won over the West Coast states, such as California, Washington, and Oregon.
Florida's votes have been slowly trickling in...
via: GettyAnd it's looking to be a close one. At the time of writing, Trump maintains the lead with 51.3% of the vote, while Biden holds 47.8%.
Of course, these figures could still change.
via: GettyBut, as it stands, Trump is looking to be the winner for Florida. This now means that Biden needs to win 2 of the 3 Midwestern states which Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 to get to 270 electoral college votes.
And, to make Trump's evening even better...
He has now secured Ohio, a state that has predicted every president since 1964. As per projections from NBC News and Fox News, Trump is projected to win in Ohio, which has predicted every president since 1964.
BREAKING: Donald Trump wins Ohio, NBC News projects. https://t.co/rygBIiXyoh https://t.co/NZUI9pSCSE— NBC News (@NBC News)1604465873.0
At the time of writing, Biden currently has 224 votes against Trump’s 212.And, speaking to a crowd in Delaware, Joe Biden has expressed his confidence that he will win.
"We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we would go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer!" Biden said.
"But we feel good about where we are. I'm here to tell you tonight we believe we're on track to win this election."
Biden: "I am here to tell you tonight we believe we are on track to win this election." https://t.co/YB2ywoJkDn— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1604468630.0
Meanwhile, Donald Trump posted a tweet that was soon to be marked as 'misinformation' by Twitter.
via: TwitterThis is a developing story, and updates will be posted accordingly.