Reporting on election results

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When the results came in from across the country, some of the most competitive states stayed too close in the presidential election to be called hours after the elections were over. After President Trump won Florida and withheld former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Georgia and North Carolina, democratic dreams of a “blue wave” faded. But Mr Biden said, “It’s not over until every ballot is counted.”

Mr Biden’s early successes were mainly centered on typically democratic states on both coasts, as well as the swing state of New Hampshire. Mr. Trump won Ohio and Iowa, both battlefield states, and had expected victories in Republican strongholds.

Polls on the exit showed voters are preoccupied with the coronavirus and its impact on the economy. Those who were most concerned about rising infections were on Mr Biden’s side, while people who were primarily interested in opening up the economy chose Mr Trump.

The Senate: When the Democrats wanted to increase their majority in the House of Representatives, the two parties fought for advantage in the battle for the Senate. Democrats entered the night with 47 seats in the Senate and needed a net profit of four to regain control of the chamber (or three if the tie-breaking vice president is a Democrat).

In Colorado, former Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper defeated Senator Cory Gardner, while in Alabama, Tommy Tuberville’s victory reclaimed a Senate seat for the GOP

In Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was elected to a seventh term, defeating Democrat Amy McGrath, who struggled to gain ground despite financial support from across the nation. And in South Carolina, another high-profile Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham, also kept his seat.

In a highly competitive campaign, the candidates presented strikingly different visions of the country and its future, and whether President Trump was a protector or a destroyer.

As election day approached, Mr. Trump went through a marathon series of rallies alternating between confidence and despair, bravery and grievance. Mr. Biden concentrated his final efforts on Pennsylvania and returned to Scranton himself that morning. He used an athletics analogy to finish the race: “You have to go through the tape, man. You have to go all the way through the tape. “

A pandemic election: The coronavirus, which has left millions of people jobless and killed more than 230,000 people in the US, will be one of the greatest challenges for anyone who wins the presidential race. It loomed across every chapter of the election right through to the final votes.

Smooth sailing: Despite a chaotic election campaign, election day itself was largely uneventful. There were a few mishaps and partisan skirmishes when the voters went to the polls, but the system largely persisted. The mail-in voting this year has doubled compared to 2016. For many voters, this shift was a revelation.

Look back: Our photographers documented the ups and downs of the Biden campaign and Mr Trump’s tumultuous 2020, which began with impeachment and was followed by the pandemic.

Election workers in the US will continue to count votes in the coming days. In Philadelphia – the largest city in Pennsylvania, an important state – only 76,000 of more than 350,000 postal ballot papers had been counted by 9:00 p.m. Officials promised to work around the clock, but the process is likely to stretch well into Wednesday or later.

The pandemic: Regardless of the election result, President Trump will continue to run the country until January, in what is possibly the deadliest phase of the coronavirus pandemic for the United States. He has largely excluded the country’s leading health experts from his inner circle.

Climate change: The US is officially stepping out of the Paris Climate Agreement today, a decision by Trump that was part of the president’s overhaul of climate policy. Mr Biden had promised to reverse it, an election promise that is now pending. In a poll in mid-October, 90 percent of voters who favored Mr Biden expressed concern about climate change, compared with just 23 percent of voters who supported Mr Trump.

After Mexico’s cemeteries closed due to the pandemic on the Day of the Dead and stripped people of their funeral rituals, a city held its annual wine contest that gave everyone the opportunity to participate in a cathartic scream.

The winner of the $ 164 Cash Award? Princesa Katleen Chavez Arce, an actress from Baja California. “The crisis hit me,” she said. “So yeah, I cried and did absolutely nothing for about a week.”

Snapshot: A polling officer in Durham, North Carolina, above, refurbishing a voting booth. An increase in coronavirus infections, flooding hospitals and making daily records for new cases in some states, has led to a range of precautionary measures to ensure the safety of voters and election workers. Our photographers recorded the final day of voting across America.

Lived life: Intrepid foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, who covered wars in the Middle East and beyond for the British newspaper The Independent for three decades, died Friday at the age of 74.

What we read: This moving reading from the bicycle magazine about a man’s search for cyclists in the Swiss Alps and how it relates or not to his relationship with his late father.

Cook: Cornbread Tamale Pie, a recipe from The Joy of Cooking, is a crowd-pleaser. It elevates a quick beef chili by baking it with a simple cornbread batter.

Clock: How To With John Wilson has no stars or any traditional story, and its main character, John Wilson, remains off-screen. The HBO series is “poignant, funny and up-to-date,” writes our comedy columnist.

Do: Food has become a focal point at weddings. This is how you serve your guests safely at your reception.

Time at home is time for reading, cooking, and fun activities. In our “At home” section you will find ideas that will keep you busy.

A stressful week or a stressful year? Whether because of bans or elections, people around the world are nervous. Here are some tips from our Well editor on how to let go of fear and gain perspective. Hopefully they will help you catch your breath.

Interrupt yourself. Try to practice “self-interruption” when you feel your anxiety increase. To go for a walk. Call a friend. Run an errand. “I think people really need to move away from their location and break the momentum,” said one meditation teacher.

Move around for three minutes. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University whose latest book is “The Joy of Movement,” only takes a short exercise – three minutes to be precise – to improve your mood. Jump. Stand and box. Doing pushups on the wall. To dance.

Take on a home project. Clean up clutter, make a scrapbook, get a new duvet, hang artwork.

Unleash the flavors. Take a lavender foot bath, burn a scented candle, or splash the air with orange aromatherapy. A study of 141 pregnant women found that rubbing or soaking their feet with lavender cream significantly reduced anxiety, stress, and depression. Lavender baths lower cortisol levels in infants.

That’s it for this briefing. Until next time.

– Natasha

Many thanks
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at

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