November 5, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
The 2020 election remains too early to call with Biden at 253 electoral votes and Trump at 214 electoral votes, according to the NYT. Currently, Biden has 72 million votes, more than any U.S. presidential campaign, and Trump follows with 68.4 million votes. Biden remains closer to 270, with leads in Nevada and Arizona that may be able to put the former Vice President over the threshold to be elected President. However, President Trump campaign is pursuing a recount in Wisconsin, with a margin of only 0.6 points allowing him to do so. He is also claiming he won the election, commenting “Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight. And a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we won’t stand for it.” He also tweeted, “STOP THE COUNT,” and that his shrinking in Wisconsin and Michigan due to the count of mail-in ballots is “very strange.” However, the Vice President is yet to reach 270 and even underperformed in major swing states such as Florida, where Latino voters unexpectedly voted for Trump in huge numbers. All eyes are on states, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona as both candidates close in on 270.
A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to sweep Texas postal facilities for mail-in ballots that were postmarked already. Kxan reports, “Of the more than 607,000 total ballots cast in Travis County, 68,349 were sent in by-mail, according to data from the Clerk’s office. That’s more than 11% of ballots. On Wednesday afternoon, [Travis County Clerk Dana] DeBeauvoir said there were still several hundred mail-in ballots to count, but they did not believe there would be a large enough quantity to change any outcomes at this point.” Vanessa Kjeldsen, a university student, strongly agrees that “everything should be done, so that every ballot can be counted, because every voice matters.”
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of November 5, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are over 9.46 million cases and 232k deaths nationwide. California leads with the most cases at a total of 940k, and Texas follows by a total of 926k cases.
(NBC NEWS) Over the summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that in order for a COVID-19 vaccine to be available to the public, it must have a 50% success rate. While that may seem to be a little too low, the flu vaccine has a varying success rate year by year, reports NBC. Accordingly, the availability of a vaccine likely won’t mean an immediate end to the pandemic.
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) Tropical storm Eta, after hitting just south of Mexico’s border, now has the chance to hit the US. Although it was predicted to move towards Florida, at the last moment, it turned west into the Gulf of Mexico, allowing it the chance to reach the Texas coast with decent winds above 39 mph.
(Pacific) Tropical Storm Odalys is slowing down but remains above the 39 mph mark. It will, however, dissipate in the central pacific around next Monday.
(Local) The temperature is still reaching a high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 56.
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Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan
Health: Matthew, David, and Owen
Southeast US Weather: Simon
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