In the aftermath of a roller-coaster race and contested presidential election, the Democratic Party and mainstream media establishment appointed former Vice President Joe Biden the winner.
As reported by Politico, however, President Donald Trump and his supporters received some good news this week when he was announced the winner of the North Carolina race and was awarded the state’s 15 electoral votes.
Trump’s second win in the state
Of course, that is not enough to swing election results as reported by most news outlets, which have already predicted Biden would receive more than the 270 electoral votes needed to replace Trump in the White House.
With North Carolina as one of the final states without a declared winner, the announcement is nonetheless a bit of encouragement for the tens of millions of voters who want to see Trump serve a second term.
Due to an increased number of mail-in ballots due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s returns took much longer than usual to count and certify. State provisions gave voters several days after Election Day for ballots to be received as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.
North Carolina is among several battleground states where all the votes had still not been tallied more than a week after polls closed.
“Looking for more ballots”
With both parties eyeing a potential win in the state as a step toward their respective paths to victory, Trump ultimately earned his second victory after defeating 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton there by a margin of 3.6 points.
Both Biden and Trump spent considerable resources statewide in their attempts to win over voters, with the latter focused primarily on rural, blue-collar areas while Biden dialed in on the state’s minority communities.
Although he was declared the winner, Trump had earlier expressed frustration over the long delay in North Carolina’s delayed announcement of its results, going as far as to suggest that election officials were engaging in fraud.
“What is taking North Carolina so long? Are they looking for more ballots to fix that one also?” he tweeted on Thursday while continuing to insinuate that widespread fraud had taken place in other key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.
On Sunday, he tweeted an image of thousands of supporters gathered in D.C. for a demonstration in support of his administration, adding: “People are not going to stand for having this Election stolen from them by a privately owned Radical Left company, Dominion, and many other reasons!”