Presidential election exposes America’s ‘dangerous’ division

NEW YORK (AP) – Presidential elections can reveal moments that propel the wishes of the American people to the next wave of elected officials. So far, the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has revealed big There is a limit to the cautious division between Republican and Democratic America, which defines the country, any candidate who ultimately wins.

Voters from both parties faced defeat to elect the next president, but as they did so, they agreed very little on what that president could do. Democrats and Republicans prioritized different issues, lived in different communities and even voted on different types of ballots.

Whatever emerges As the winner, it ensures that the next president will face significant gridlock in Congress, with doubts about the integrity of the vote and an agitated voter divided by race, education and geography. Even counting the vote itself threatens to further divide Americans.

Two days after the vote, neither Trump nor Biden have earned 270 electoral votes There is a need to win the presidency. Republican dissidents are encouraging their supporters to protest outside the counting venues via mail ballots – following an aggressive legal strategy – the method of voting preferred by many Democrats Which can cause further delays.

“Except for the Civil War, I don’t think we’ve lived as dangerous at any point in terms of divisions,” said historian Barbara Perry, president studies at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.

Even after the 2000 election, when the Supreme Court finally passed Republican George W.W. When Bush intervened, Democrat Al Gore immediately accepted and congressmen found areas of agreement on Capitol Hill.

Perry said, “To come out of something like this, you have to have a leader who can lead and groom followers.” “I just don’t see the willing followers of either side.”

The yawning division will threaten the ability of the next president to face many crises: The daily coronavirus infection sets a record this week, the economy is struggling to recover from the epidemic and many Americans are pushing to rein in racial injustice Huh.

Trump and Biden voters, though according to AP Votecast, express different views on those challengesA comprehensive survey of voters. Biden voters say they want the federal government to prioritize limiting the spread of the virus, even if it means further damage to the economy. But most Trump voters preferred an approach that focused on the economy.

Nearly half of Trump’s voters cited economy and jobs as the top issue facing the nation, while only 1 in 10 Biden voters named the most important.

On issues of race and justice, Biden voters almost universally stated that racism is a serious problem in American society and in policing. But only a slim majority of Trump voters, who are overwhelmingly white, call racism a serious problem.

Biden has tried to bridge this gap, often demonstrating the sense of national unity and “spirit” of America. Trump often casts himself as the protector of his voters. It has threatened to withdraw epidemic-related aid from states run by Democratic governors and disgruntled cities run by Democrats.

Many Democrats desperately hoped that Trump would face a shameful and widespread defeat that would serve as a clear antidote to Trump and his brand of politics. At the very least, they wanted a clear mandate that would allow Biden to pursue ambitious policies on health care, education and the economy.

Trump may lose, but strong GOP polling in the battlegrounds and unexpectedly solid victories for Republican candidates in the Senate and Republic turned away from a fumble on Tuesday.

“To go in one direction or another is definitely not an explanatory call. There is a lot of confusion and chaos, ”civil rights leader Martin Luther King III, who supported Biden.

The election strengthened the competitive coalition of the parties. Biden relied on urban and suburban voters, particularly women, college-educated voters, and people of color. Trump exceeded his turnout from 2016 by relying on thousands of new supporters of villagers from the GOP pockets of white voters around the country.

Results from high-turnout counties underscore that trend: Republican-leaning places became more Republican and Democratic areas more Democratic.

In 2016, the Democratic margin increased to 70% of the counties known for Hillary Clinton and the Republican margin widened to 56% of the counties Trump won that year, according to an Associated Press analysis of all counties that had more votes by Thursday evening. Increased compared to previous presidential elections.

That dynamic provoked some Democrats, who had won seats in politically mixed areas by running as moderates. In Iowa, for example, Democrat Rep. Abby Finkenauer lost her reelection bid in the eastern part of the state as Trump increased his margin in rural areas such as Buchanan County’s west of Dubuque. Trump won rural counties with a 15% mark in 2016, which is 96% white. He reached 21 percentage points this year.

This geographic polarization is a concern for those who are rapidly eroding the culture of cooperation in Washington.

Former New Hampshire Sen. Judge Greig, a prominent Republican voice in the days after the Supreme Court decided the 2000 election, said it was unclear whether congressional leaders would have the incentive to work with the other party.

Greg said, “There were people in the Senate like Ted Kennedy and Ted Stevens who held strong views but were first and foremost important to achieve and govern things, so they were not afraid of their base and compromised.” Were prepared.” As a Trump critic. “I am not sure that there is the type of leadership today because of the clear voices dominating both parties. But, if the chairman, Biden, saw how this could be done, we could hope.


Associated Press data journalist Angeliki Kastanis contributed to this report.


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