Where Biden got the votes that helped push him over the top

Where Biden got the votes that helped push him over the top

[Ed. – And if this explanation doesn’t satisfy you, there’s always ‘his dog ate his homework.’]

With Wisconsin and Arizona certifying their states’ election results on Monday, there can no longer be any disputing that Joe Biden convincingly beat Donald Trump. There are many reasons for Biden’s win. Trump’s mishandling of the Covid-19 crisis may have pushed some voters away from him. Similarly, his vulgarity and angry rhetoric may have helped Biden pick up support from educated White voters who had previously voted Republican. And Biden may have been a more attractive candidate to White working-class voters than Hillary Clinton was four years ago.

But a closer look at the 2020 election data, particularly when compared to 2016, reveals that another dynamic was central to Biden’s victory: the absence of any strong third party candidate. … Four years ago, 94.9% of voters supported either Trump or Clinton, meaning that around 5% supported a third party candidate, primarily Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

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