The purpose of this blog is to provide North Port High School students with an unbiased assessment of the political climate in America. From the tense battle between Former Vice President Joe Biden and Incumbent Donald Trump, all the way to the inauguration of our future President on January 20th, 2021.
Some things I will be talking about will be the election of 2020, between Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The Democratic party is the more liberal party, with some things that Democrats usually believe in being bigger government, more business regulation, and being pro-choice in the abortion debate. Republicans (also called the GOP, which stands for the “Grand Old Party” are generally more conservative, with them usually believing in smaller government, less business regulation, and are generally more pro-life in the abortion debate. Joe Biden is a much more moderate Democrat, compared with the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I will be covering the election results from Election day, November 3rd, up until the inauguration of the President of the United States.
The President of the United States is decided by the Electoral College, not the popular vote. A candidate can win the most votes, but not the electoral college, making them lose the presidency. A great example is in 2016, when Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million above Republican Donald Trump but did not reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. States have a certain number of electoral votes depending on how many representatives they have. Wyoming has 1 representative, so they have 1 + 2 electoral votes because of their senators, giving them 3 electoral votes. California has 53 representatives, 53 + 2 senators gives them 55 electoral votes.
Some important dates are:
November 3rd: Election Day
December 14th: Electors vote for the president
January 20th: Inauguration Day