Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Open Thread: The Day is Finally Here!

It’s Election Day today in the US, which marks both the end of the longest voting period, as well as the longest four years, many of us have ever experienced. While we likely won’t know the results of the presidential race tonight, I’m sure most of us will stay up late hoping to find out, and in the meantime many smaller races – in the House and the Senate – will be called and we may have some idea on which path the US will be moving in the near – and maybe long – future. To say I’m anxious would be an understatement. I know the same is true for many of you, too! It feels like so much is on the line this week, because so much is really on the line this week. And all we can really do now is wait.

So, how are you spending this waiting time? If you’re working today, how likely is it that you’ll be productive? Are you watching the returns this evening or escaping the drama (and maybe PTSD) when some form of distraction? If you’re watching returns, where are you watching and with whom? I plan to watch with Drew this evening from the comfort of our bed, likely with some whiskey that I’ll probably sip throughout the day to keep a steady but mild buzz going as long as possible. FaceTime and Zoom calls with friends will likely happen, and I am going to avoid social media. We’re going to eat some comfort food for dinner, but I’m not sure yet what. Maybe we’ll order from a favorite neighborhood place, even though we ordered last night and on Saturday and on Friday, too. (What can I say? My favorite form of comfort food is the kind I don’t have to make multiple kinds of to satisfy my picky children who often don’t like whatever it is I prefer making for myself and Drew.) I’ve started running again over the past couple weeks after six months of my lungs burning every time I ran a block or two, so I’ll probably lace up at some point and try to burn off some of this anxiety (and aforementioned takeout). I’ve been too superstitious to get any bubbly for the night, but if Trump is voted out, you better believe as soon as I can get to the liquor store, I’m getting the best champagne I can reasonably afford and toasting to sanity winning out.

Anyway, deep breath, everyone. We’ve made it to Election Day. Now we wait (and, obviously, VOTE if you haven’t yet!!!). And as Kate said here: “If anyone knows someone whose ballot hasn’t arrived yet, please encourage them to just go vote in person today if they can do so safely. If you mailed your ballot but it didn’t arrive yet, you can still vote in person and tell them to disregard your mailed ballot.” Also, no matter how long your line may be to vote, if you are in one when the polls closed, you still get to vote. STAY IN LINE.

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  • ktfran November 3, 2020, 8:43 am

    Today is going to be hard. I think tomorrow will be harder. I actually have to work today, which sucks. Working tomorrow is going to suck even more. A university client scheduled an interview for tomorrow so I have to help our team prep. WTF?!? It couldn’t wait a day?? It’s not a project that is pressing. It’s to build an autonomous and connected vehicle test track.

    Anyway… I do have pilates this morning. Thank goodness.

    The husband has an election day tradition which consists of ordering in dinner, drinking copious amounts of wine and watching CNN. I joined him in that tradition four years ago. I’m not sure what we’re going to do tonight. I kind of don’t want to watch, but we probably will.

    VOTE! Please! If you haven’t already.

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  • Part-time Lurker November 3, 2020, 9:15 am

    My stomach is tied in knots. I’m terrified that he’ll win again and equally terrified of what will happen if he doesn’t.

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  • Bekahtravels November 3, 2020, 9:40 am

    I’m teaching an election unit to first graders this week where they get to ‘elect’ a class mascot. It is full of researching facts and presenting them to each other and checking in with each to make sure everyone feels like they belong. We are also emphasizing the importance of voting! It’s the first time I’m doing this all online, but hopefully it will go well and have an impact. My main focus today will be on my first graders and their emotional health. Then I’ll switch to writing letters to my governor to try and stop the change from distance learning to hybrid. Oregon’s governor recently relaxed the metrics greatly for kids to be able to return to school, even though community spread COVID is at an all time high! It’s quite distressing, since I have no voice or choice in the process but it will effect my life. And if my anxiety takes over, I’ll try some yoga…

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    • Dear Wendy November 3, 2020, 10:05 am

      Last week was a record for children in the US being diagnosed with covid. While children do not appear to get as sick as adults do and are not hospitalized as frequently or die as much, some DO get sick, many ARE hospitalized, and some die (a 13-year-old in Missouri died last week) and no one knows what that the long term effects of covid is on kids (or anyone else). Public schools in the US have notoriously bad ventilation, with windows often the only source of ventilation, making for very cold classrooms this winter (or, conversely, unventilated classrooms). That there is such a push to open schools is appalling. I am deeply, deeply disappointed in people who disregard the safety and well-being of our children, our teachers, and our communities. It’s appalling.

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      • Dear Wendy November 3, 2020, 10:11 am

        I was in line at the post office yesterday and saw a bunch of school buses go by. One stopped at a red light next to me and the bus was filled with kids, not a single mask on any of them, windows up. One kid made eye contact with me and then licked the window. Behind the bus was a line a block long for covid testing at citymd. Our cases in New York have increased five times over since school started and every week those lines for covid tests get longer.

      • Bekahtravels November 3, 2020, 3:59 pm

        Because of the timing, the change in metrics feels politically motivated. But children and people’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk for political gain. Parents should be given more financial support from the government to get through this tough time and save lives.

  • MaterialsGirl November 3, 2020, 9:59 am

    My daughter and I hopped across the street and voted this morning. (some of our new neighbors work the polls and got our registration all taken care of). Everyone was very accommodating and I got to skip part of the line as a very pregnant lady with a toddler. Happy to have cast my ballot!

    Today I’m working and have a Dr’s appointment. I’m surprisingly calm because.. ya know what? We will know soon enough. And I don’t need to put myself into early labor watching the rabid frenzy on cable news. Most likely, as Wendy has said and the various newspapers have warned, we won’t have full results for awhile (gotta count those mail in ballots!). Trying to stay as positive as possible and appreciative of a nice, sunny fall day here in Chicago.

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  • Somelady November 3, 2020, 10:11 am

    Using a throwaway name today. I found out yesterday my pregnancy likely isn’t viable. Perfect little embryo, no heartbeat. There is still some hope it’ll start up, but I know (and my body knows) it won’t. It’s hard not feeling like the country is in exactly the same place. I am expecting Trump to win. Yesterday a solid 20 minutes of Trump caravan screeching assholes drove up and down past my house and the polling place, breathing hate and intimidation. All hate, no heart. I think my baby and the country are both dead and we just can’t face it yet. Sorry for how dark this is – I’m not in a good place this week.

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    • Dear Wendy November 3, 2020, 11:34 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your pregnancy. That is devastating no matter when it happens.

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    • MaterialsGirl November 3, 2020, 11:43 am

      I am so sorry for this loss. Big hugs to you.

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    • Helen November 3, 2020, 12:21 pm

      I’m so sorry. How devastating

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    • ktfran November 3, 2020, 12:28 pm

      I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of good thoughts.

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    • LisforLeslie November 3, 2020, 2:33 pm

      I’m so sorry and I hope you are taking care of yourself as best you can.

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    • Bekahtravels November 3, 2020, 3:56 pm

      I’m so sorry. I recently had a miscarriage as well and it… I don’t even have the words. I hope you have people around you that can be there for you.

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    • Miss MJ November 3, 2020, 6:16 pm

      Oh, I am so, so sorry.

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    • Bree November 4, 2020, 2:14 pm

      So sorry for your loss. 2020 really sucks. I hope you are able to have a rainbow baby in the future and that you have solid support from your family, friends, and partner. Thank you for sharing.

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      • Hush November 6, 2020, 10:52 am

        Using a throwaway name: Last year we lost our baby at 17 weeks gestation.
        The worst thing anyone could do at the time was to wish me a new baby; even though the intentions were good, it essentially erased the baby that I was losing/lost .

        Somelady I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Sara November 3, 2020, 11:42 am

    I’m avoiding all news and social media. I spent the weekend text banking for momsrising and let me tell you I got so many hate messages. And the message I was sending was a nonpartisan one which links to voting resources.

    Even though I got a bunch of messages saying Trump2020 and Jesus sent, I didn’t get one Biden respond. They were probably the ones who responded with a thank you or I already voted, and didn’t feel the need to scream to the world who they supported!

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  • golfer.gal November 3, 2020, 11:48 am

    I voted first thing this morning. I’ve got a high profile work meeting this afternoon that normally I’d be at least a little nervous about, but I basically forgot all about it while I tossed and turned last night. This evening I plan to watch Disney +, eat carbs, take a big old xanax and go to bed early. I’m leaving the anxiety and fear for tomorrow (or until I wake up in the night, crack, and check msnbc)

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  • CanadaGoose November 3, 2020, 12:31 pm

    Not sure if it helps at all but there are people around the world rooting for America today. There are so many good people who know what’s on the line, I truly believe Biden & Harris will win.

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  • veritek33 November 3, 2020, 12:40 pm

    Today my husband and I voted early this morning, and we took our daughter with us. I found out yesterday I’m carrying a perfectly healthy baby girl. We had to go vote for her future.

    Tonight, as much as I’d love to indulge in my old habits from working in politics (copious amounts of wine and take out) I will settle for my sparkling water and watching reruns of the West Wing and fervently hoping that today is a turning point.

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  • Hazel November 3, 2020, 12:43 pm

    Good luck in getting that absolute orange bell-end out out out. My heart goes out to you all having to endure him and his awful supporters.

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  • Witchmom November 3, 2020, 2:37 pm

    My 17 year old niece is working as an Elections Poll Worker. She’s so excited, YAY!! I have worked on getting out the Vote and on IG I have been following The Lincoln Project as well as Republicans Against Trump, etc. which gives me great hope! Seems like the world is stressed too about another four years and are hoping for a Biden/Harris win. I am excitedly optimistic but I am prepared for the worst. I work today (SoCal) and will be watching CNN once I get home as well as switching over to Fox here and there to check out what they’re saying. **BLUE WAVE!!!**

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  • LisforLeslie November 3, 2020, 2:42 pm

    I brought my absentee ballot back from Florida and submitted it in person at the polls on Saturday. My stomach is in knots. I know that that tangerine shitweasel is going to try to use every dirty trick to win.

    I worry that regardless of the outcome, people will treat it like they do when their city wins OR loses a sports game and they destroy everything in sight. I worry that the cops are so tied to nationalistic white power groups that they won’t keep the peace – they’ll escalate the violence.

    I’m hoping for a reckoning. I’ll settle for either Biden or control of Congress/Senate. But both would be bittersweet.

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  • Rangerchic November 3, 2020, 6:36 pm

    I’ll be checking the news periodically but not watching feverishly. Mostly trying to chill and not get too stressed.

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  • bloodymediocrity November 3, 2020, 7:16 pm

    I was doing ok until about 15 minutes ago when the 2016 flashbacks started to hit me. Not for any particular reason but I just remembered continually checking the news and it getting worse and worse as the night goes on. So now we’re at the “stave-off-the-panic-attack” portion of the night.

    I’ve been trying to mentally prepare myself for the worst for the past 4 years, but keeping a little hope alive.

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  • Bittergaymark November 3, 2020, 8:42 pm

    Voted. Not watching the coverage. I don’t have a good feeling about this at all. I just don’t. Hopefully, I am mistaken here. But I think not.

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  • ron November 3, 2020, 9:28 pm

    Yes, I’m getting very nervous about this one.

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  • Canadian lurker November 3, 2020, 10:30 pm

    Is it me or is this a lot (uncomfortably) closer than anticipated? Watching from afar, but seems like the polls were giving Biden a much larger margin… senate/House and even presidential vote still seems pretty close…

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  • MaterialsGirl November 3, 2020, 11:38 pm

    Seems like a lot of people came out to vote which is great, but I’m having some flashbacks to 2016…. I hope the full count eases our minds but…

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    • TheLadyE November 4, 2020, 1:06 am

      I cannot believe it is this close.

      I have an early meeting so I’ve got to go to sleep, but I was glued to CNN all evening and I wish I could know before tomorrow morning. Argh.

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  • Ange November 4, 2020, 3:32 am

    Keeping an eye on it here at 7.30pm, glad Biden got Arizona but man it’s close still! Of course fucking Trump tried to get ahead and say he won. Of course.

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  • andameda November 4, 2020, 4:08 am

    Hey! Long time lurker here from Romania. I just wanted to let you know that we are also anxious about the US elections (no stress :P). I’m studying in a library at the moment and I saw several people who were checking the results of the election as well. The President of the US has a really high effect on other countries as well. I hope Trump gets trumped. Ha!

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  • Miss MJ November 4, 2020, 4:35 am

    It’s 3:30 am and I cannot go to sleep. I’m horrified, terrified and so very, very sad that it’s this close. I don’t know what to do if Trump wins. I just can’t take 4 more years of this. WTF is looking around and thinking “Yeah, this is all awesome! Let’s do it again.”

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    • bondgirl November 4, 2020, 7:02 am

      I also wasn’t able to sleep much. I don’t think this country can take another 4 MONTHS of Trump, much less 4 years. It’s terrifying how close this election is. And I’m super disappointed how Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham STILL won re-election.

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  • brise November 4, 2020, 6:00 am

    Thinking of you all from Europe! I try to remain optimistic, as American politics has such an impact on the whole planet. Many leaders tend to copy him in Europe, starting with Boris Johnson. It is going to be hard, a hell of a battle, to get rid of someone like Trump. But the Democrats can still make it! Let’s hope that they don’t stop fighting, up to the Supreme Court if necessary, to have all ballots counted. It is crazy to even consider not counting them, I can’t understand how it is possible for Trump to state such a fascist non-sense in a huge democracy, one of the first in the world, like the USA. And these ballots can make the difference. They are mainly blue, hopefully.

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  • Dear Wendy November 4, 2020, 7:40 am

    Ugh, I threw up last night I was so nervous. And I couldn’t handle the stress so I went to bed and hoped we’d have more clarity in the morning. I am devastated it is as close as it is, but slightly hearted that Wi looks like a won for Biden, as of 7 am EST today. It will be another nerve-racking day…

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    • LisforLeslie November 4, 2020, 8:39 am

      I have a prescription anti-anxiety med that I normally take for the “Sunday night stresses” – especially when I had to get up at 4:30 am for a 6 am flight on Monday morning. I haven’t taken one in 10 months until last night when I took a pill before bed and I took another half this morning.

      I’m ashamed that people are so stupid. But then again, North Dakota did elect a guy that is dead… so I’m ashamed but not surprised.

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    • Kate November 4, 2020, 9:46 am

      This is what was predicted though. The red mirage last night, due to all the pandemic-related mail ballots. And it was never going to be a landslide for Biden.

      This is not a bad picture at all.

      That said, I took a bunch of Valium last night.

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    • Copa November 4, 2020, 9:58 am

      Wine and an edible are the only reason I was able to get to sleep last night.

      I am still cautiously optimistic about WI and MI, and Biden just took the lead in MI. I keep reminding myself that Gov. Whitmer won by a landslide, which makes me hopeful that my home state is a blue state again. The NYT is reporting that most votes yet to be counted in PA are expected to be for Biden. I’m trying to keep the faith, but gahhhh. This. Is. Tough.

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      • bondgirl November 4, 2020, 3:12 pm

        Y’all probably already saw this but Biden has won Wisconsin. And yes, he’s still leading Michigan. ….really hoping he can win both Michigan and Nevada. If he does, it’s game over….according to the interactive simulator on Politico.

      • Copa November 4, 2020, 4:06 pm

        I’m more nervous about Nevada than Michigan at the moment. The NYT seems hopeful that Biden can win GA and PA. I’m not as sure, but I AM sure that they know more than I do — so I keep telling myself that while hoping he holds his lead in both. I keep vacillating between cautious optimism and doom and gloom.

        Crybaby Donnie is sure acting like someone who thinks he’ll lose if all the votes are counted as they should be.

      • Copa November 4, 2020, 4:09 pm

        To clarify, hoping Biden holds his lead in MI and NV.

        GA is way closer than I would’ve expected, and PA is a state that, from what I know, reminds me a lot of MI leading up to 2016.

  • MaterialsGirl November 4, 2020, 9:58 am

    I’m fairly calm (ish) compared to 4 years ago, possibly because we’re not staring into a great unknown? I mean, we KNOW what four more years will be like. Not good, but known. If anything, the election is showing that people are really really divided, that there are things not being discussed about why some would still vote for Trump, that there is unrest, division, and a strong need to come together and work together. Friends of mine who are republican leaning but voting for biden this time around have people tell them “i would much rather have you comfortable voting for a republican because then I know the world/choices aren’t so terrible”.

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    • ron November 5, 2020, 1:57 pm

      No, we can’t KNOW what the next 4 years will be like, if Trump is re-elected, because:

      — he now firmly controls the Supreme Court
      — he is not hindered by the desire to be re-elected
      — he has a cabinet of more syncophants than last term and that seems to be the direction he has been moving
      — we have no idea if he cares at all about legacy and if he does, what he wants that legacy to be — will it be an orgy of self-dealing, giving religious conservatives everything they want in culture war, economic warfare against blue states?

      If he wins, this will literally be Trump unbound.

      I can agree we sort-of ‘know’, but ‘KNOW’ is way too certain

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      • ktfran November 5, 2020, 2:04 pm

        The husband and I were discussing an “if Trump wins” scenario yesterday. If he wins again, we’re likely going to see a set up for a 2024 Ivanka or Don J. set up. So that will be his legacy, a Trump in office for years to come.

  • hfantods November 4, 2020, 10:06 am

    Canadian here, sending you all positive thoughts.

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  • anonymousse November 4, 2020, 11:43 am

    I feel oddly optimistic. I just can’t wait for it all to be over. This morning Facebook gave me an ad for an immigration lawyer for a free evaluation to move to Canada. How apropos.

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  • Miel November 4, 2020, 2:00 pm

    I was actually ok yesterday. Woke up in the morning not even realizing it was the big day. No problem focusing on work. Then in the evening I started getting nervous looking at the early results. But I was a good girl, turned off the news, did some exercise, some meditation, went to bed trying not to think about it.

    But wow, today is rough. I just can’t focus on work. I get a nervous lump checking the results every hour or so. The uncertainty is killing me, and the idea of four more years is just unbearable. I just want to go to bed and wake up in a magical world where Biden is the clear indisputable elected president. Instead it’s waiting, waiting, waiting…

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  • Part-time Lurker November 4, 2020, 2:12 pm

    My husband is the family optimist, I’m …… strongly pragmatic and a bit more pessimistic. I genuinely hope that my husband and everyone here is right and I’m wrong, but I just can’t shake the belief that Trump will win. Our country has been deeply divided for a very very long time. All Trump really did is pull it out of the shadows. We are a country that was literally founded on slavery, genocide, indentured servitude and religious conservatism ……..those legacies run deep and die hard.

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    • Dear Wendy November 4, 2020, 3:38 pm

      Biden is going to win. Aren’t I always right about everything? 😉

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      • Hazel November 4, 2020, 4:56 pm

        so so so hope you are 🙂

      • Part-time Lurker November 6, 2020, 9:36 am

        Yes you are 🙂

  • Part-time Lurker November 4, 2020, 2:13 pm

    Toss in all of the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic and people will dig in and lash out.

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  • anonymousse November 4, 2020, 6:14 pm

    I think we’re on a straight shot to victory right now. It could be called tonight.

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    • ron November 4, 2020, 10:37 pm

      I think that’s true, although Trump may spark violence on the way out. Even if he loses, he is still president for two and a half months, which could be pure hell.

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      • LisforLeslie November 5, 2020, 6:22 am

        While I agree he’ll be an awful tantrum baby he’ll likely spend most of his time sulking in Mar-a-Lago – it’s winter season. Any executive order can be reversed and it’s unlikely that congress will get anything substantial done with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.

        That said, he can still spur his racist supporters to riot and commit crimes, and then the police will need to figure out which side they’re on (I’m looking at you Kentucky).

  • Sara November 4, 2020, 7:38 pm

    As my heart keeps racing ??????

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  • Kate November 5, 2020, 5:19 am

    Anyone want to tell me again that Trump voters aren’t really racist? After the last 4 years’ events, MORE people voted for Trump than ever. Want to tell me they just want jobs? Just feel left behind? That Biden didn’t pay enough attention to them?

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    • LisforLeslie November 5, 2020, 6:17 am

      @Kate, I usually frame it as the fact that his most ardent supporters are racist and he’s been known to make unbelievably racist comments and if that in and of itself isn’t a deal breaker for you, then you are saying that racism is acceptable. And when you say that racism is acceptable, that is fucking racist.

      When I’ve reframed it in those terms, I’ve seen the wheels start turning while people reassess their friends and family.

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    • CanadaGoose November 5, 2020, 5:07 pm

      Clearly Trump is racist and many supporters are. I am so confused at how so many racialized people support him. The Trump-supporters I know personally are Asian or mixed-race. I watch Canadian coverage on election night and they alternated between man-on-the street supporters for each side. There were mutiple black men supporting him (I just don’t get it) and all these people in Miami Daide (not sure if I am spelling that right) who are Cuban and they were positively swooning over Trump, saying he’s a straight talker who they can count on to keep the US the best country in the world. There was a whole crowd of them. I really don’t understand. Do they not consume any news coverage at all? It’s so odd seeing people vote against their own interests. I cannot believe it’s this close after the last four years.

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  • bloodymediocrity November 5, 2020, 9:11 am

    It’s clearer than ever that race is the central factor. After every single failure Trump has done, and he still has just as much support, if not more? Absurd. Infuriating. It’s a testament to the strength of the right wing propaganda machine which churns out racial resentment.

    I’m sorry y’all. I want to sleep soundly so bad. I feel like I haven’t slept normally in 4 years. I know that even if Biden wins the situation that created Trump will still be there, but damn. I haven’t had a good nights rest in so long.

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    • LisforLeslie November 5, 2020, 1:34 pm

      At a minimum you know the guy that has access to the country’s nuclear arsenal isn’t an adderall-addicted tantrum throwing baby.

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  • ron November 5, 2020, 2:02 pm

    Race seems less of a factor than in 2016. For some odd reason, and some columnists have speculated, Trump has done better with both Black and Hispanic, both men and women, than in 2016. Also better with LGBTQ community. Biden has done better with whites than Clinton did. A lot of criticism over his poor outreach to Hispanics. Not to say racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious bigotry aren’t huge with his base, but those who actually swung this election and changes from 2016 aren’t there.

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    • Kate November 5, 2020, 2:52 pm

      Ron –

      White people are split on trump and Biden. Black and Hispanic people are overwhelmingly for Biden. That argument that some people of color voted for trump hence race is less of an issue is pure BS.

      Race is MORE of an issue this time because white people know exactly how much of a white supremacist trump id, and even more of them said, sign me right up.

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      • ron November 5, 2020, 4:59 pm

        No, we knew how racist Trump was during the last election. He le the birther conspiracy, wanted the Central Park 5 executed after they were exonerated, was so racist in campaign that everyone knew that Make America Great Again meant Make America White Again. And no, more whites deserted him this time around. He won the white vote and Biden won the non-white vote, but Clinton did better with people of color and worse with whites, compared to Biden. That is where the difference was this year.

      • Kate November 5, 2020, 5:26 pm

        The difference this year is that millions MORE Americans (whites) voted for Trump than last time. After the horrible events of this summer, kicked off by Breonna Taylor’s and George Floyd’s murders.

      • ron November 5, 2020, 5:57 pm

        But, the bottom line is he will lose this time, because even more millions of Americans voted against him this time than last time. Biden will get more votes than any candidate in history.

      • Kate November 5, 2020, 7:07 pm

        No, the bottom line is America loses this time, because we didn’t strongly repudiate white supremacy, and we’ve lost all respect internationally. We’re a 2nd rate country.

      • ron November 5, 2020, 8:07 pm

        The world will get over it, every country in Europe has a white supremacist problem. Trump has been fairly strongly repudiated. It isn’t common for a sitting president to lose. But look down the ballot just about everywhere. Senators, congresspeople, state legislators — so many of these candidates are doing better than Trump. The Dems are going to lose House seats. How often does that happen when a Dem president is elected? A fair number of Rs are specifically splitting ticket and not voting for Trump. And most Republicans will vote for anyone with an (R) after their name (a distressing number of Dems do the same). Trump could lose GA. That’s pretty momentous.

      • Kate November 5, 2020, 8:58 pm

        Ok well I disagree with you. The white supremacy is winning, and good luck Biden trying to get anything done without control of the Senate and Mitch McConnell blocking any move to do good for people.

      • ron November 5, 2020, 10:05 pm

        I agree it won’t be pretty. Takes us back to the third year of Obama’s first term. But Trump was the great cancer, internationally and domestically. Having him gone hopefully brings significant improvement. Biden can roll back a lot of executive orders, rejoin the Paris accord, move to more normal relationships with allies, and try to turn down the political temperature. Us in the world isn’t going to be the same, largely because majorities in both parties want significant disengagement, especially militarily. Also, we are weaker, Europe and Japan are weaker, China is stronger.

        I’ll celebrate the departure of Trump, though I expect a nasty 2+ months on the way out. In the races below the top-line race for president, on the whole the results were awful for us Dems.

      • Kate November 6, 2020, 5:40 am

        No, Trump was not “the cancer.” The cancer is white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny, and stupidity, and that’s all alive and well and ready to explode. I’m glad to see Trump out of the White House too, but the cancer is still eating us from within. He was just like an ugly surface tumor that got removed.

      • Kate November 6, 2020, 5:49 am

        I’ll give you progress in Georgia though.

  • anonymousse November 5, 2020, 2:25 pm

    Brian Derrick is a great follow on Instagram. He explains everything really well and has calmed my nerves over and over. Biden will be the 46th president.

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    • Sara November 6, 2020, 10:42 am

      Thanks for the recommendation, will check him out.

      Check out Heather Cox Richardson, who is a political historical professor. She has an AMAZING daily newsletter or you can read her daily updates on Facebook.

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      • anonymousse November 6, 2020, 11:14 am

        I’ve been following her for what seems like years. She’s great.

      • Dear Wendy November 6, 2020, 12:06 pm

        I follow both Brian and heather and second these recommendations!

  • Fyodor November 6, 2020, 10:16 am

    I’m pleased to inform you that my vote was tallied earlier this morning, putting Biden into the lead in Pennsylvania. I will await your fervent thanks .

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    • Fyodor November 6, 2020, 10:17 am

      DecisionDeskHQ has called the election. Networks will likely call it later today after more Philly vote comes in.

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    • ktfran November 6, 2020, 10:25 am

      When I got that alert on my phone a little over an hour ago, I got a little choked up. So sending my sincere thank you to PA.

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    • anonymousse November 6, 2020, 11:16 am

      Mine too!

      I have been on cloud nine for days knowing Trump feels so shitty! It makes me overjoyed. His press conference last night (the few minutes I bothered to watch) was so funny. He’s such a sore loser, only capable of lying. That networks cut away to fact check him was *chef’s kiss*!!!

      Celebrate good times, come on!

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    • LisforLeslie November 6, 2020, 12:04 pm

      You are the second PA person I will happily thank today.

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    • Part-time Lurker November 6, 2020, 2:36 pm

      Thanks Fyodor. Just erected a small statue in your honor in our garden LOL 🙂

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  • Copa November 6, 2020, 10:25 am

    I’ve been reading what data nerds have to say over the past couple days to calm my nerves. Very happy to wake up to Georgia flipping blue, and came back from walking the dog to see Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania as well.

    That said, I’ve never expected Trump to go quietly into the night. I’m wondering what’s going to unfold as he continues to challenge the legitimacy of votes in battleground states. He’s going to cause as much trouble for Biden as he can. I’m disheartened, but not surprised, that the only people from his party to publicly speak out against him so far have been Chris Christie and Rick Santorum.

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    • LisforLeslie November 6, 2020, 12:06 pm

      Slate did a piece on where the most vocal – Graham and Cruz are are hopped up on the Kool Aid (why!? what dirt does Trump have on them!?)
      Stahl splits up the camps in to Trump/Democracy/Fence


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    • Moneypenny November 6, 2020, 4:20 pm

      Yeah, even though I really wanted it to be a slam dunk, I had a feeling that this was going to be a close, messy election- basically what is happening. I am SO glad that Biden is getting ahead now! I was hoping for Nevada and Arizona to be the final decision makers that would put him right at 270, but if he gets Georgia and Pennsylvania it’ll be the icing on the cake.
      I’m also really curious about all of the dirt that is going to eventually come out about his presidency. It seems like he is protesting awfully loudly for what is a pretty typical thing in an election. Someone wins, someone loses. There’s definitely dirt there and I am here for it. At least people on Fox news have seemed to lose their steam.

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      • ron November 7, 2020, 11:43 am

        This was a very strange election. Basically a draw to a slight Republican edge overall, but a huge PERSONAL repudiation of Trump by Republicans at the margins. It isn’t all that many at the margin — about 25,000 voters in each of the upper Midwest states and it will probably be about 50,000 in PA. More in GA — kudos to Stacey Abrams. Can she work her magic on the runoff elections. IT will be a two year slog without wins there.

        This election flashes future warning signs for Dems. The Hispanic surge to Trump in south FL and south TX puts the demographic inevitability in favor of Dems in question, especially since conservatives have more kids than liberals. The scariest thing about the FL and TX vote to me is that Trump would have been expected to turn off a ton of Hispanics with his insults. A more controlled R candidate could do better. This is where national Dems need to focus going forward.

  • Fyodor November 7, 2020, 8:19 am

    After five days of this I am extremely jealous of Sleepy Joe, who is probably getting a solid 8-10 every night.

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  • Sara November 7, 2020, 9:33 am

    While we wait for the results to come in from GA, PA, AZ, NC, and NV, teams have already mobilized for the two runoff senate races in GA.

    It is crucial that we win both seats, this will help Biden get things rolling without having to deal with Ditch Mitch blocking bills from the Senate. If you can please consider donating to Stacy Abrams Fair Fight organization, phone banking, text banking, and for those who live in GA, canvassing.


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  • ron November 7, 2020, 11:36 am

    And several networks now calling PA and the presidency for Biden. Yes!

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  • d2 November 7, 2020, 11:52 am

    Trump – Stick a fork in him…

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  • bloodymediocrity November 7, 2020, 12:42 pm

    Good riddance you piece of crap! Finally!

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  • Kate November 7, 2020, 1:05 pm

    Get fucked, Trumps.

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  • Fyodor November 7, 2020, 2:06 pm

    During this time of division I would like to offer my sincere wish to President Trump that he does not let the door hit him in the ass on the way out.

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    • Deni November 7, 2020, 5:41 pm


      and also… WHEW!! What a relief! I am a native New Yorker who has been in Utah much too long. Just retired (yesterday was my LAST DAY of work) and moving back to NY spring ’21… CAN’T WAIT). So glad this nightmare is nearly over.

      A cousin’s daughter sent video of people cheering in NYC shortly after announcement… made me cry. Another cousin was on subway and texted: “Just passed Columbus Circle. Cheering Loud and wonderful to hear.”

      Not gonna be easy for Joe & Kamala (or for many of us) but OMG… it’s gonna be SO MUCH BETTER than the past four years.

      WOO HOO!!! and Cheers!! 🙂

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  • Helen November 7, 2020, 5:40 pm

    I can’t believe we did it!!! I never thought GA would flip! Is this what it feels like to be proud of your hometown??

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  • brise November 7, 2020, 6:12 pm

    Congratulations to all! Wonderful news! Trump made his last mistake when he got this new judge elected at the Supreme Court and he lost a lot of women’s votes. The damage is done, a lot of damage on so many fields, but he is gone.
    He recalled me of The Mule, the manipulative character of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation”, who derails for a while the human history in triggering emotions. His devoted admirers know they are under influence, but they nevertheless act as cultists around him.
    So relieved! I am also very glad for Kamala Harris! Great news!

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  • peggy November 7, 2020, 8:21 pm

    Lots of relief and happiness here in Canada too! Woot . Woot.

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  • aptcantor November 8, 2020, 7:15 am

    I saw something that said…”Maybe try to live your life in a way so that millions of people don’t celebrate in the streets when you lose your job!”

    While there is still a lot of important work ahead, I can breath easy tonight!

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