7 Things: Biden has the inside track, Trump pledges to fight, Tuberville has message for out of state donors and more …
7. The coronavirus is still a thing
- As the nation is focusing on what is happening with the presidential election, records are being broken with the coronavirus, and we have crossed the 100,000 cases in a day for the first time. Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico are now noting that they have record hospitalizations.
- Obviously, the virus is far less deadly than it was when all of this started, but Huntsville Hospital’s CEO says they are starting to see more coronavirus patients and more flu-related patients as well. This is raising concern moving into the flu season around the state.
6. No, Saban isn’t going to run for office
- Despite the fact that former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has been elected the next U.S. Senator for Alabama, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban isn’t looking for a political future.
- Saban gave the short answer of “No” when asked if he’d be interested in entering the world of politics. Saban said that he’s “really happy for” Tuberville, adding he thinks “he’ll do a really, really good job.”
5. Twinkle Cavanaugh made some history
- Elected and now sworn in Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh had an excellent performance on Election Day, winning the most votes for anyone running in a contested race outside of the presidency.
- Cavanaugh received 1,386,861 votes this election. Previously, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) received 1,335,104 votes in 2016, setting the previous record.
4. Trump won Alabama with the most votes ever
- In Alabama, President Donald Trump broke his own previous record in votes received, claiming at least 1,424,223 in the 2020 election. This is more than any other candidate has received in the state. Trump previously picked up 1,318,255 votes in 2016.
- In this election, Trump received 62.34% of the vote, while former Vice President Joe Biden only managed to get 36.26%.
3. U.S. Senator-elect Tuberville not mincing words
- U.S. Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville said that the out-of-state donors who gave to U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) reelection campaign can “go to hell.”
- Tuberville said that those liberals can “go to hell and get a job as far as I’m concerned.” In reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Jones’ campaign spent about $25 million, which was four times the amount spent by Tuberville’s campaign.
2. Legal challenges coming
- President Donald Trump has already declared himself the winner of this election, even though that remains to be decided, but now he’s calling for the votes in Wisconsin to be recounted after former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of that state. The Trump campaign has legal challenges in other states as well.
- The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan. In Pennsylvania, the case is against continuing to count mail-in-ballots after November 3, even if they’re postmarked by Election Day. In Michigan, the Trump campaign is working for the ability to observe ballot counts. In Georgia, an observer alleged absentee ballots were added after the deadline.
1. Biden wins Michigan and Wisconsin, but it is not over
- Former Vice President Joe Biden does seem to be on the path to victory, potentially, as he’s been declared the winner of Michigan and Wisconsin, leaving him with 264 Electoral College votes, while President Donald Trump has 214.
- After the media raged about Trump declaring victory, Biden did the same, saying, “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.” Four states remain in the balance with counting continuing in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina. All of these states continue to close the gap in favor of Joe Biden as they slowly count votes.