How to watch election night 2020: the definitive hour-by-hour guide
Election Day is nearly here, and in a matter of hours we’ll find out whether this is the end of the campaign — or just the beginning of a protracted fight over who won. At 7 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time, which applies to all times mentioned here), we’ll start to see returns from Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia. Trump won all four of these states in 2016 and needs to win them again in 2020. The good news for viewers is that we should see relatively quick results in these key states, all of which are allowed to start processing (i.e., opening envelopes, validating signatures or even counting) their early votes and mail ballots before Election Day.
© Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, China, on September 3, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS
- The world's strongman presidents are yet to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's election victory, while other world leaders have sent their regards.
- Leaders including Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern, and Justin Trudeau sent their congratulations over the weekend.
- However, as of Monday morning, felicitations from China's Xi Jinping, Russia's Vladimir Putin, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un were notably missing.
- A Kremlin spokesman said Russia had no congratulations for Biden, and would wait for the official result, Reuters said.
- Under a Biden-Harris administration states like North Korea and Russia would likely see renewed criticism, and an end to special treatment dispensed by President Donald Trump.
- Trump has still refused to acknowledge his election loss, and has continued to push unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
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Populist leaders around the world are keeping silent over President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, as other world leaders have moved to congratulate the Democrat.
Fact check: No evidence Kamala Harris ever said 'looters are just feeding their hungry kids'
While Sen. Kamala Harris has previously repeatedly condemned looting, viral posts falsely claim she said "looters are just feeding their hungry kids.""KAMALA HARRIS says Looters are just feeding their hungry kids?" reads an Oct. 28 Facebook post that has been shared over 1,800 times.
Biden formally declared victory in the 2020 election on Saturday night, and as of Monday has secured at least 279 electoral college votes, according to a tally from Insider and Decision Desk HQ. A small number of votes are still being counted in Arizona and Georgia, but Biden is ahead in both states.
Over the weekend, world leaders released statements to congratulate Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, — the first female, Black, and Asian American person to occupy that position.
Among the well wishers were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. © Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris address the nation in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020. Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images
But as of Monday morning, felicitations from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were notably missing.
Joe Biden urges patience, unity as he waits with the rest of America
With votes still being counted, Joe Biden urged Americans to remain patient.Despite being on the cusp of the presidency, Biden did not give the victory speech he and his campaign hoped he would deliver on Friday night. Instead, he once again urged Americans to remain patient as the final votes are counted.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Monday that Russia had no congratulations for Biden, because the correct thing to do was to wait for the official election result, according to Reuters.
Trump has so far refused to acknowledge his defeat, and has continued to push unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
A Biden-Harris administration will likely see many of those strongman leaders lose the genial treatment they received under Trump.
Trump has been vilified for trying to establish friendly relations with North Korea and Kim in his attempts to stop the development of nuclear weapons. So far, those attempts have not succeeded, with North Korea continuing to hone its weapons program. © Reuters President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet at the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 2019. Reuters
Biden will likely return to the traditional, more detached, treatment of North Korea, experts have said.
Michelle Obama: 'Voting in one election isn't a magic wand, and neither is winning one'
In a series of tweets, former First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, presses Americans to focus on challenges ahead."And after we celebrate — and we should all take a moment to exhale after everything we’ve been through — let’s remember that this is just a beginning," the former First Lady tweeted. "It’s a first step. Voting in one election isn’t a magic wand, and neither is winning one.
"They will take the North Korea issue really seriously, in a more disciplined and organized way," John Delury, a professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University, told NK News.
Biden will likely also heap new pressure on China, especially over human-rights abuses.
"The United States does need to get tough with China," Biden wrote in March. "The most effective way to meet that challenge is to build a united front of US allies and partners to confront China's abusive behaviors and human rights violations."
But some Trump allies have tentatively embraced Biden
However, some world leaders allied with Trump, or who have received preferential treatment from him, have tentatively congratulated Biden and Harris.
On Sunday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and his father, King Salman, "sent a cable of congratulation" to Biden, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Trump was slammed for not criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed after the CIA concluded that he likely ordered the murder of the Washington Post writer and US resident Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.
Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election
A post uses outdated data to argue there are more votes than registered voters in key battleground states. Data shows no state exceeds 100% turnout.“Huh. It just so happened that we are on track to have more votes than registered voters in every single state that could potentially win Trump the election,” claims an image posted to Facebook on Nov. 4. “You’ve been caught Dems.
Biden has promised a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia, including over the war in Yemen.
"The Saudi leadership is concerned that a Biden administration and a hostile Congress will carry out a full review of relations, including re-evaluating defense ties and therefore will likely make positive sounds and moves towards ending the Yemen conflict," Neil Quilliam, an associate fellow at the Chatham House think tank, told Reuters.
Another ally of Trump, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro — who is known as "Trump of the Tropics" — said Friday that Trump is "not the most important person in the world."
"The most important person is God," Bolsonaro added.
On Saturday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson — whom Trump himself once called "Britain Trump" — also tweeted his congratulations to Biden and Harris. Sources on Biden's campaign have told Business Insider's Adam Payne and Thomas Colson that Biden's victory could spell trouble for Johnson, as the president-elect has genuine hostility toward Johnson.
Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu, another Trump ally, also congratulated Biden on Twitter on Saturday, writing "we've had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years."
As Business Insider's John L. Dorman previously reported, many world leaders already have experience working with Biden, who "has a long history of delving into foreign policy as a member of the US Senate from 1973 to 2009 and as vice president from 2009 to 2017."
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Lindsey Graham says he's spoken with multiple battleground state officials about ballot counting .
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a key ally of the president, said he has spoken with officials in a number of key swing states about the election and ballot counting/Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger accused Graham Monday of pressuring him to find ways to exclude or invalidate legally cast absentee ballots and reverse Trump’s loss in the state, an accusation the South Carolina Republican called "ridiculous.