“It could be that on election day Trump wins in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. Let him go on the television sets and say: thank you Americans for re-electing me, it’s over. Once those mail-in votes are counted, there’s a chance Biden will win those states. So Trump will say: You see? I told you it was all fraudulent. We will not cede the presidency ”.
These premonitory words, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden’s ex-rival in the Democratic primary, spoke them on October 24 live on a famous American talk show. They sound strangely true today as they stick perfectly to the scenario that has unfolded in the United States for 3 days. He therefore expected that this two-part count – first the physical vote on November 3, then the postal vote, massively used in the midst of a pandemic and acclaimed by the Democrats – would lead to a victory at the “finish” of Biden.
Everything changed in three days
The Trump camp, which has been shooting ballots by mail for weeks, had also planned it. The only thing that was not foreseen, perhaps, was the scale of this “remountada”, which we suggest you visualize in 4 key states, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
In these four states, the day after the election, one could almost think the game was lost for Joe Biden. Wednesday morning, French time, he was clearly behind in Wisconsin, Georgia, and was even 9 points behind in Michigan, and fifteen points in Pennsylvania! “Honestly, we won the election” proclaimed Donald Trump. Before that, simultaneously, the gap is inexorably narrowing in the four states.
Wisconsin is the first of these states to switch. In about ten hours, the case is folded. On Wednesday evening, shortly after 8 p.m. French time, Joe Biden was announced the winner in this crucial state, a major setback for President Donald Trump who had it there against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Two hours later, it was Michigan, which had tipped a little earlier in favor of Biden, who fell into his pocket. Another state that the American president won against Clinton in 2016.
Faced with the overall results more favorable to his rival, Donald Trump denounces in the wake of the appearance of “surprise ballots”, announces appeals, calls for the suspension of the counts, and cries out on Thursday evening once again to fraud, without bringing any new elements.
You have to wait until Friday morning (in France, Thursday at night in the United States) for another state to turn blue… once 99% of the ballots have been counted! In the early morning, the count in Georgia, which no Democrat has won since 1992, switches in favor of Joe Biden with a little more than 1,000 votes in advance. A gap of 0.1% which leads to a full recount, announced the Georgian authorities shortly after.
This is undoubtedly the most spectacular comeback, and the most anticipated too, as observers expected remote voting, especially in Philadelphia, to be favorable to the Democrat. It was the case, with often 80% of the ballots sent by mail in favor of Joe Biden, but, starting from very far, it will have taken him 72 hours to pick up the score, and pass in front of his rival Friday afternoon. . A real Chinese torture on the Republican side, which, except for a recount, should send the former vice-president directly to the White House, this state providing 20 seats.
Note that unlike the last two states, Donald Trump still benefited on Friday, in Arizona, from the extension of the count: he is catching up with Joe Biden, risking losing the Democrat the 11 major voters that the AP agency and Fox News attributed it to him on election night… Complicated, you said?
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr