The presidency is still a toss-up, but most House and Senate races are settled – leaving much still unmoved. Whichever candidate emerges the winner, it looks as though he will preside over a divided Congress.
The Democrats were hoping to win control of the Senate by wresting at least four seats from the Republicans. But it looks like they have only managed a net gain of one.
Among the disappointments for the Democrats was the fight for a seat in Maine, where Republican incumbent Susan Collins staved off a challenge from Democrat Sara Gideon. Collins, a moderate, had appeared under threat because Donald Trump is deeply unpopular in the state.
And the House of Representatives, too, seems mostly unchanged. Democrats are poised to keep their majority here, though at least six incumbents have lost their seats, without any new Republican seats.
When a candidate wins the presidency, he or she needs to set up what is referred to as a transition team to help prepare to take office in the following January.
As we are already aware, there’s no winner in this election yet, but both candidates say they’re expecting to be victorious. Both want to set a narrative that the direction of the race favours them.
Now Joe Biden has launched his transition website
– Build Back Better. It states that: “The crises facing the country are severe – from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice – and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden‑Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One.”
On Wednesday, Biden reiterated his promise to re-join the Paris Climate Agreement on the first day of his presidency.
The United States officially withdrew from the accord on Wednesday, something that Donald Trump committed to in 2016.