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The Associated Press has spoken, and declared a winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. After a five-day long ballot count, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was named President of the United States.
This election had the entire nation on pins and needles, because there was not a clear winner to even attempt to project who the 46th president might be. The states continued to switch from red to blue all week long.
Biden was declared the winner after the record for the amount of votes accrued for a presidential candidate. He garnered almost 75 million votes, giving him the 50.6% share of the votes needed for the win.
Both candidate’s recordbreaking amount of votes — Biden’s almost 75 million and Donald Trump’s 70.5 million — surpassed Barack Obama’s amount of votes in 2008 when he received over 69 million votes against John McCain.
This race was not the first time the nation sweated during the election process of a president. There were a few other races that were extremely close.
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon when head-to-head for the presidential title in 1960. Kennedy barely won the title by an 120,000 vote margin.
The 1880 presidential race between James A. Garfield and Winfield Scott Hancock was a close race, as well. Garfield was able to squeak by and get the win by only 7,368 votes.
In 2000, the George W. Bush and Al Gore race was a doozy. It was another race that was too close to call until all votes were counted. Even though Al Gore demanded a recount in Florida (sound familiar?), Bush won by 500,000 votes.
Another election that took days to decide the victor was the Rutherford B. Hayes v. Samuel J. Tilden in 1876. It was another election that was chock full of irregularities and hostility. Eventually, Tilden was declared the winner with a 250,000 lead.
There is one thing to learn from the close presidential elections of the past. Even though the countrywas divided by the stress and hostility of the election, the country can repair itself and her residents