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Biden Elected President

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Former Vice President Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States after the networks called the decisive state of Pennsylvania. Biden defeated incumbent President Trump, who is now the third president in fifty years to lose in his bid for reelection.

The election results were reported after several tense days of arduous counting of ballots and lead changes. President Trump remained defiant and threatened legal action as Biden supporters cheered the outcome.

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  • Writing: Describe the importance of early and mail in voting in the 2020 Presidential Election. Why did former Vice President Biden benefit more from these forms of voting than President Trump?
  • Debate: Voting by mail and early voting should be expanded to make it safer and more convenient to voters
  • Poll: The Electoral College should be abolished in favor of a popular vote.
  • Short Answer: What can state governments do to improve the voting process in future presidential elections?

Current events quiz:

1) Which state officially gave former Vice President Biden a majority in the Electoral College?

a. Delaware
b. Ohio
c. Pennsylvania
d. Georgia

2) Who was the last incumbent president before Donald Trump to lose his bid for reelection?

a. Jimmy Carter
b. George H.W. Bush
c. Bill Clinton
d. Barack Obama

3) All the following are true EXCEPT

a. Candidates Biden and Trump each received more than 270 electoral college votes.
b. Candidates Biden and Trump each received more than 70,000,000 million votes.
c. Candidate Biden received a majority of the popular vote.
d. Candidate Trump failed to receive 50% of the popular vote.

4) President-elect Biden is on track to receive the most votes of any candidate who has ever pursued the office. (T/F)

5) President-elect Biden successfully captured the presidency on his third attempt. (T/F)

6) Candidate Trump received more than 75,000,000 million votes. (T/F)


1) C

2) B

3) A

4) True

5) True

6) False


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