Joe Biden wins Michigan in battleground victory

After a nail-biting finish to a contentious election season that saw both candidates swing through Michigan numerous times, Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race in Michigan by multiple outlets including AP, CBS, and CNN.

Biden led Trump by 61,000 votes with 99% of ballots counted.

Biden beat President Donald Trump, who in 2016 won Michigan against then-opponent Hillary Clinton by a scant 10,000 votes, which many pundits believe handed him the national election.

This time, one of the largest traditional 'blue wall states' of the Midwest held firm while the results of the overall race were still unknown. See the real-time results for the entire country in the map above.

Biden is closely aligned with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who sparred with Trump and spoke at every opportunity about her admiration for the Democratic former vice president. At one point she said they were cut from the same cloth.

During the Democratic National Convention, Whitmer spoke about Biden. “For the past few months, we’ve learned what’s essential, rising to the challenge, not denying it." said Whitmer, who heavily criticized the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

She added it was time for a new president who “fights the virus that’s killing us and our economy … not a president who fights his fellow Americans.”

For his part, Biden spoke many times during his Michigan visits about bringing back manufacturing jobs and his role in the “rescue” of the auto industry during the Great Recession. “President Obama and I rescued the auto industry and helped Michigan’s economy come roaring back. Donald Trump squandered it — and hardworking Michiganders are paying the price every day,” he wrote in a Tweet.

According to an AP Fact Check, after Obama was inaugurated in 2008, he “appointed a task force to oversee GM and Chrysler, both of which eventually declared bankruptcy, took an additional roughly $55 billion in aid, and were forced to close many factories and overhaul their operations. All three companies recovered and eventually started adding jobs again.”

In addition to his record in the auto industry, Biden also used health care as a central element of his pitch for president. He was vice president when the Affordable Care Act passed, and health care “remains a top priority for him,” per the New York Times, which added, “It’s an issue he often discusses in the context of his family’s personal tragedies: He lost his first wife and an infant daughter in a car accident in 1972, and in 2015, his son Beau Biden died of brain cancer.”

Biden has said he supports adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act, but opposes “Medicare for all,” the single-payer measure advocated by Bernie Sanders.

Most of all, though, Biden supporters have said they hope he wins the overall race to bring unity to a divided nation. “(Biden), who served for decades in the Senate, firmly believes in the value of bipartisanship and insists on extending overtures to Republicans even in a moment when many in his own party don’t see negotiating partners on the other side,” The New York Times reported.

If Biden wins the presidential office, facing down economic woes and a continuing pandemic, what’s next for Trump? No one knows for sure, at least not yet, but former President Barack Obama had a prediction, according to the Financial Times.

“It just won’t be so exhausting. You might be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner without having an argument,” Obama said.

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