In a nail biter of a presidential race that was close to call by press time, Joe Biden was leading President Trump in both the popular and electoral votes. America and the world awaited on edge for final states to complete their vote counts.
Yet, around 2:15 am Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump claimed he won the election, alleged fraud with no evidence, and has filed lawsuits in multiple states.
“We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said from the White House. “This is a major fraud on our nation…We will be going to the U. S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.”
Meanwile, a confident Joe Biden made a brief address to the nation, saying that he believes he is on track to a victory.
“There will not be blue states and red states when we win. Just the United States of America,” he said.
Biden also urged the American people to have patience as the votes are counted.
A group of Black faith leaders and activists have called for “nonviolent resistance and economic non cooperation, including a general strike, if Trump tries to steal” the election.
“In a pandemic, the large number of Americans demonstrating with conscience and voting with conviction is a sacred testament to an even larger sacrificial commitment to nonviolence,” says Rev. Cornell William Brooks, former NAACP president and currently professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. “We will honor this commitment by nonviolently opposing and overcoming any effort to undermine our elections. So many Americans have sacrificed so much for any of us to do anything less.”
In the national House and Senate races, it looks as if Republicans will maintain a narrow majority in the Senate, as well as pick up seats in the house-but not enough to disrupt the Democrat’s majority.
A record-breaking 3,045,401 Tennesseans, or over 68 percent of active and inactive registered voters, cast ballots in-person during early voting and on Election Day or absentee by-mail in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
According to State Election officials, few lines throughout the state were large and there were no major issues.
Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, attributed the shorter lines and lack of issues on Election Day to the increased numbers of early and mail voting
“We’re seeing that people who traditionally voted on Election Day decided to go earlier,” said Hargett who expects the trend to continue.
“Democrats across Tennessee showed up at polls in record numbers to make their voices heard loud and clear,” said Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini.
“I am incredibly proud, thankful, and in awe of our candidates, campaign staff, and county parties and all the hard work they have done over the past two years. Their unstoppable efforts during this unprecedented and difficult time were nothing short of extraordinary and they have no doubt strengthened our Party, our state, and our democracy in immeasurable ways.”
Locally, the major difference in this election is that Tennessee Democrats were able to flip one district in their favor. Incumbent Steve Dickerson lost his Senate race to Former Mayor of Oak Hill, Heidi Campbell.
“I am honored to have earned the votes to serve in the State Senate, and look forward to working with and learning from all of my colleagues to address the issues that matter to residents of District 20,” said Campbell. “This was a tough election, and I commend Sen. Dickerson on weathering a tough race and on his many years of service to our state.”
Democratic Caucus Chair Raumesh Akbari (Memphis) congratulated Campbell, tweeting: “For the first time since 2006, the @TNSenateDems welcomes a new district to our caucus. So proud of Sen.-elect Campbell <@campbelltn20>! You worked hard and ran an outstanding race! Looking forward to working with you in the 112th General Assembly!”
Campbell’s victory, however, is not enough to overturn the Republican’s super majority in the state.
Other notable victories include incumbent Bob Freeman’s victory over Diane Canada and John Little’s win over interim member Berthena Nabaa-McKinney for School District 4.
Little will serve out the term for the seat left vacant by the passing of Anna Shepherd.
Local election winners
Bill Hagerty (R)
U.S. House of Representatives District 5
Jim Cooper (D)
State Senator District 18
Ferrell Haile (R)
State Senator District 20
Heidi Campbell (D)
State Representative District 50
Bo Mitchell (D)
State Representative District 51
Bill Beck (D)
State Representative District 52
Mike Stewart (D)
State Representative District 54
Vincent Dixie (D)
State Representative District 55
John Ray Clemmons (D)
State Representative District 56
Bob Freeman (D)
State Representative District 58
Harold M. Love (D)
State Representative District 59
Jason Potts (D)
State Representative District 60
Darren Jernigan (D)
School Board District 4
For complete results, visit <www.nashville.gov/Election-Commission>.