The Wider World

Biden is close to a victory

THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION vote-counting process continues, but Joe Biden leads in popular and Electoral College votes (Shutterstock).

Former vice president Joe Biden edged closer to victory as the Democrat holds leads in several states that would end the 2020 presidential campaign. As of Friday night, Biden has leads over Republican President Donald Trump in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania. He needs 270 Electoral College votes and is – depending on which news agency is doing the counting – either six or 17 such votes away from  being elected America’s 46th president.

In a speech Friday night, Biden promised Americans that “your vote will be counted.” In the popular vote, he leads Trump by over 4 million.  He said there was convincing evidence that the Democratic ticket would win, although he did not officially claim victory.

The Trump campaign is vowing to go to court – perhaps to the Supreme Court – with unspecified claims of election fraud. There have been demonstrations and protests on both sides of the political fence, but arrests and violence have been rare.

While the Democratic majority on the House of Representatives will be reduced, there is a chance that the party may be able to reclaim power in the U.S. Senate. Runoffs will be held in January for two Senate seats in Georgia. If Biden wins and his party can secure those seats, it would have 50. Since the vice president can break a tie in the Senate, the elevation of Kamala Harris to that position would give her party a narrow edge. As of Friday night, each side has 48 seats.

The News: More jobs added as economy grows

The U.S. Labor Department announced on Friday that an estimated 638,000 new jobs were added in October and the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.9 percent. •  News on the coronavirus battle was not as encouraging. There were over 1,000 new COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. for the fourth straight day. Another daily record was also set for new virus cases. •  Wall Street drooped a bit on Friday, with two of the three major stock indexes showing losses. The Dow was down 66.78 points, while the S&P 500 declined by 1.01. The only gainer was Nasdaq, which recorded a gain of 4.30 points. •  Among the people diagnosed with coronavirus is Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, according to the Associated Press.

Weather: Baby it’s cold outside

Summer departed late and it almost seems like the winter is arriving early in the West Orange County area. Tonight’s overnight low will dip to 55 with showers. Saturday will be cold (61 degrees) and wetter with an 80 percent chance of rain. The overnight low will be around 51 with a 30 percent chance of rain. Sunday is also chilly with a high of 62 and a 50 percent chance of rain. The sun will come out on Monday, with a high of 65. Temperatures along the coast will be very similar, for a change.




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