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Trump's refusal to concede before Biden's victory speech unprecedented

  • Published at 09:45 pm November 8th, 2020
US Election 2020
Passersby are silhouetted against a big screen showing reports on 2020 US presidential election, in Tokyo on November 6, 2020 Reuters

The 2020 US election is full of unusual happenings

The 2020 presidential election in the United States of America has provided so many happenings never experienced before by the people of the most powerful country in the world.

Below are some of the unusual happenings of this closely-contested fight between Democrat Joe Biden against Republican incumbent Donald Trump:

Biden's victory speech on Sunday, four days after the November 3 polling day, before his rival admitted defeat was unprecedented, as was Trump's refusal to accept the result.

Usually, the winner takes to the victory stage after a personal and public concession by the losing candidate, which is not obligatory. This time around, there has been a departure from the usual practice due to Trump's refusal to concede the election.

And, as it always happens, there has so far no invitation from the incumbent to the president-elect to visit the White House with a promise of cooperation with respect to a smooth transition.

President-elect Biden is going to be the oldest occupant of the White House when he will be sworn in on January 20, 2021.

The election of Kamala Harris as the vice president itself has made few records. She is the first female vice president of the country. Naturally, she is the first deputy to the US president with Black and South Asian origin. 

The turnout in this election that has taken place amidst an unprecedented pandemic was by far larger than any other time in modern history. Early voting, either in-person or through the mail, has broken all-time records since the process began 200 years ago.

Biden, also a former vice president, received a record number of popular votes, which are not important in the US election as the election is decided by a unique Electoral College system. Trump also received a record number of popular votes.

Without the exception of 2000, the naming of the winner this time has also taken much longer as compared with other elections in modern times.

The delay is attributed to the counting of such a large number of early votes for which many states were not equipped properly to deal with and thin margin in key battleground states.

In 2000, Republican George W Bush was declared the winner in December against Al Gore, the then vice president, after the US Supreme Court ordered to halt the hand counting of votes in Florida.

Bush won the presidency by winning 29 Electoral College votes of Florida through defeating Gore by 537 votes. Of course, Democrat Gore won the popular votes across the country.