Results: inconclusive—preliminary 2020 election coverage

 Hannah Kuperus– Staff Writer

Photo Credit: Sam Landstra

On Tuesday, November 3, people around the globe waited in uncertainty as they watched the United States election results trickle in. Iowans in particular watched three national races as they awaited results.

Two key Iowa races, for the Senate and House, have been decided already. Randy Feenstra, a Dordt business professor, beat J.D. Scholten for the 4th district seat in the House, and Republican Joni Ernst defeated Theresa Greenfield for the Senate. The presidential election remained undecided by the day after the election, with votes still trickling in from key states. 

“I was pleasantly surprised that in the state of Iowa it was such a good night and good election for Republicans in Iowa,” said Jeff Taylor, a Dordt political science professor who has now been elected to the Iowa State Senate. “I think a lot of this had to do with Trump. He had coattails and was able to carry a lot of Republicans with him, and that’s especially true in northwest Iowa.”

In fact, Trump’s success in various states may have come as a shock to many as it defied polling data and voting projections.

“When following polling, I took the polls with a grain of salt.” junior Kendal Zylstra said, “The polling industry has failed to yield consistent results, so they need to reconsider their processes in future years,” 

For many key battleground states, results came in slow and analysts hesitated to call the victor immediately. In Florida, for example, those following the election waited for six and a half hours until the state had almost 100% of the ballots reported before giving the state to President Trump. In some states, such as Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, the Associated Press had yet to call a final victor the morning of the second day after Election Day.

“While watching the numbers from last night, I was captivated by states like Texas and Florida that kept flip-flopping from blue to red.” freshman Joya Schreurs said, “I knew they could go either way, but I hadn’t really realized how close it would be.”

Yet all this late counting could only add to the stress and inconclusiveness of the election, delaying concrete results even further. 

“We don’t really know how this is all going to play out because Trump was ahead in most of the states that haven’t been determined yet,” Taylor said, “but then, as it drags on for hours or for days or perhaps even weeks, the one side is going to say, ‘we have to count all the ballots’, and the other side is going to say, ‘yes, but are these actually valid? Are they stealing the election?’…Historically, that’s where election fraud often takes place.”

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