The presidential waiting game

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Jasmyn Gordon

The polling location of Pleasant Greater Hill Baptist church in Arkadelphia is a reminder of the American right to partake in the religion of their choice.

On Nov. 3, the United States of America faced the start of yet another presidential election, with former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump at the forefront. Students gathered to watch in anxious anticipation as the results unfolded at the 2020 Presidential Election Watch Party hosted by the Student Activities Board and the Student Government Association in the Lecture Hall.

 

After several days of waiting, Biden is announced to become the 46th President of the United States with Kamala Harris as his vice president.

 

During the onslaught of incumbent votes, some states heavily favored one candidate over another, such as Kentucky for Trump, or Vermont for Biden, while others remained in a game of tug-of-war as mail-in votes filtered in. States such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada held potential to greatly affect the race.

 

“I wasn’t surprised to see some states lean heavily towards Trump or others to Biden as it would in any other election,” Ouachita Baptist University senior Mike Andrus said. “But I was extremely nervous in the end to see who the last remaining states would go to.”

 

Andrus also explained that no matter who wins, he just hopes that each party can learn to live cohesively. He then went on to say that after the last year of riots and protests, he wishes that both sides can be civil and learn from the past four years.

 

“I knew that we wouldn’t elect a new President on Election night,” Henderson senior psychology major Maddi Tollinger said. “But hour after hour it just kept getting closer to being tied and then a few days went by and we still didn’t know. It‘s stressful.”

 

Tollinger continued that even though her home state of Texas was not among the few to switch to representing the democrats thus further helping Biden, she hoped that Nevada would take the lead to finalize the election.

 

“The whole time I was watching the first night and then the rest of the week I kept reminding myself that no matter who won, I was going to respect them all the same and support them as my president.” senior kinesiology major Beau Barson said.