November 4 According to the British “Daily Telegraph” website reported on November 2, it is frustrating but perhaps inevitable that the US police have begun to prepare for the violence that seems certain to occur after election night. -No matter which candidate wins.
According to reports, if Trump loses, then the worst violence may occur. Volunteer “security forces” who call themselves “Western chauvinists”-the “Pride Boys” organization-will undoubtedly take seriously Trump’s call to “step back at any time”. And every white supremacist and resentful person thinks that if their hero fails, they receive a call to action.
The report also said that the sad fact is that most Americans do not have excited and optimistic expectations for the results of this election, but fear and trembling.
Stores have begun to close their windows, and people are hoarding supplies to prevent unsafe streets in the next few days. Part of the motivation behind the record early voter turnout is that people are nervous about the ugly scenes and even violence that may occur on election day.
Reports indicate that if there is no clear victory on the night of November 3, if the result of the vote count is very close, or if there is an equal vote, what will happen? For several months, a group of lawyers who have been trained in the specific election regulations of each state have been gearing up to challenge the voting results. Such a large-scale ballot retrospective activity may deprive thousands of voters of the right to vote.
When talking about Pennsylvania and North Carolina on November 1, Trump said: “As soon as the election is over, we will intervene with our lawyers.”
According to the report, compared with the possible judicial battle surrounding the 2020 election, the “dangling votes” election incident in Florida 20 years ago was nothing short of a trivial matter.
In addition, according to a report by the Buenos Aires Economic News Network on November 2, the sounds of hammers, drills and chainsaws one after another, and this is the background music of the capital Washington before the US presidential election.
According to reports, a large number of shops in downtown Washington began to use wood panels to reinforce their windows last weekend in response to possible demonstrations on or after election day.
The report also said that staff were deployed in every corner of Washington. Their area of concern covers office buildings in the city center, and they are ready before the election. This is also a microcosm of the tension that prevailed across the country on the eve of elections.
In fact, the same scenes are also being staged in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles, and major cities such as Columbus in Ohio and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania are also tense.
The election curtain is about to begin, and these “swing states” that are likely to affect the final result of the election are getting more and more attention.
The report pointed out that this is a national election, and the announcement of the election results is bound to be delayed. Because a large number of voters cast their votes by mail, this has greatly slowed down the counting of votes.
There are fears that there will be catastrophic consequences: Supporters of the two candidates may take to the streets to ask the other to withdraw from the election, or even take up arms, especially as arms sales have steadily increased in recent weeks.
The US election is “burning money” as campaign costs are twice as high as they were in 2016
November 4 German media said that the US elections are expensive, especially this year. It is estimated that by November 3, the Democrats and Republicans will spend nearly 14 billion U.S. dollars to win voters support for their party’s candidates.
As a result, this year’s campaign expenses will be twice that of 2016, which is more than the sum of the campaign expenses in 2012 and 2016.
According to a report on the website of German weekly magazine Der Spiegel on November 2, Democratic candidates and their supporters have raised a lot of funds this year and have spent 5.5 billion US dollars.
If you add the campaign funds of the billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyr, it’s as high as $6.9 billion. The Republican Party has spent $3.9 billion so far.
Reports say that such a dizzying amount is clearly necessary. According to estimates by the Center for Research on Sensitive Political Issues, the presidency battle between Trump and challenger Biden alone will cost $6.6 billion, while the campaign for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives will cost a total of $7.25 billion. The two items totaled USD 13.85 billion.
The report also said that for Democrats, on November 3, they will not only take back the White House from the Republicans, but also win a majority of seats in the Senate and keep the majority of seats in the House of Representatives. Only in this way can they truly realize their legislative plans.
According to the New York Times, eight of the 10 most expensive contests for Senate seats in history occurred this year. Small and medium-scale private donors are more important than in any other election. Currently, 22.4% of total donations come from donors who donated less than US$200 to parties, candidates or organizations.
The report pointed out that this year not only did the Senate competition consume a lot of money, but the competition for seats in the House of Representatives was also very expensive.
Competition is not always evenly matched. For example, in the 14th district of New York, the young Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unexpectedly defeated his party rivals and was elected here in 2018.
The statistics portal 538 website pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez is unlikely to lose the electoral district. Nevertheless, this is still one of the most expensive competitions for House seats this year. According to data from the Center for Research on Sensitive Political Issues, the total expenditure is around US$30 million.