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Election Night 2020

6:00 PM

"It's Election Night 2020, and I'm Jake Tapper with CNN. This is one very close election; who'll prevail?"

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8:00 PM

"A lot of polls just closed, and we can call Indiana and Kentucky for the President. Pale states indicate states where one candidate is leading, while a dark state is one that has been called by the Associated Press."

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9:00 PM

"Vermont and Virginia have gone to Senator Franken, while South Carolina and Georgia have been won by the President. Florida is much too close to call. Everywhere else is too early to call."

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9:30 PM

"We at CNN would like to apologize: our last map contained an error. North Carolina has not been called for Senator Franken, or for anyone for that matter; it is too early to call. Ohio and West Virginia have been called for the President."

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10:00 PM

"Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, DC, and Illinois have been called for Al Franken. Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and South Dakota have all been called for President LePage."

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10:30 PM

"Interestingly, the AP has just announced that South Dakota is being pulled out of LePage's column and put into the 'too-close-to-call' column. Arkansas and Missouri have been called for President LePage, while North Carolina goes for Franken."

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3 minutes ago, President Garrett Walker said:

10:30 PM

"Interestingly, the AP has just announced that South Dakota is being pulled out of LePage's column and put into the 'too-close-to-call' column. Arkansas and Missouri have been called for President LePage, while North Carolina goes for Franken."

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Damn this is close. I think Franken might pull it off, if his wins Pennsylvania then I think he'll have won it

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11:00 PM

"Lots of calls to make. New York, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Mexico go to Al Franken. Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming go to LePage."

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5 minutes ago, LegolasRedbard said:

Damn this is close. I think Franken might pull it off, if his wins Pennsylvania then I think he'll have won it

12:00 AM

"Pennsylvania, Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, and Montana go to LePage. Additionally, Franken's selection of Kyrsten Sinema as his running mate is not enough to swing Arizona to him; LePage will carry that state too. Franken has, surprisingly, taken South Dakota, due to Austin Petersen taking nearly 10% of the vote there, allowing Franken to squeak past LePage by 1.5%. He will also win Oregon. A note: Florida is insanely close; only 1,576 votes currently separate LePage from Franken."

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1:00 AM

"Wisconsin has voted to re-elect the President, while Iowa, Nevada, Washington, California, and Hawaii have voted to replace him. Franken has also overtaken the President in Florida, by 32 votes. Not 32,000 votes, not 3,200 votes, thirty-two votes. Florida will decide this election."

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20 minutes ago, President Garrett Walker said:

1:00 AM

"Wisconsin has voted to re-elect the President, while Iowa, Nevada, Washington, California, and Hawaii have voted to replace him. Franken has also overtaken the President in Florida, by 32 votes. Not 32,000 votes, not 3,200 votes, thirty-two votes. Florida will decide this election."

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This is straaaaanngee.

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Just now, LegolasRedbard said:

This is straaaaanngee.

Well not really, just south dakota

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3:00 AM

"Alaska has gone to President LePage, who has also gained a 247 vote lead in Florida. There will definitely be an automatic recount in that state."

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5 hours ago, LegolasRedbard said:

Well not really, just south dakota

Definitely Austin Petersen's fault:

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Also I find it odd that NC and IA went for Franken while MI, WI, and PA did not (though all of those states were decided by at most a margin of 0.8%, and PA was 0.2%)

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November 26, 2020

Bruce gathered with his family for Thanksgiving. He'd only ever enjoyed the occasion as long as the conversation steered well clear of politics, as Bruce was the only one who was a Democrat. The family broke down something like this:

 

Bruce: proud Franken voter, both in the primaries and the general

Mom: liked Franken on SNL, so-so on his policies but voted for him in the general to stop LePage

Dad: liked Franken on SNL but dislikes his policies and didn't want a "lesbian" VP, so voted for LePage, ostensibly begrudgingly

Aunt: quietly pulled lever for LePage since he has an "R" next to his name

Uncle: radical Libertarian Petersen voter

Grandparents, grand-aunt, and grand-uncle: Staunch LePage supporters, voted for Trump in the 2016 primaries

[this is based off my actual family so you can imagine I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving conversations this year]

 

Anyway, the 2020 election was still not settled, so this year would be especially fun! Florida's recounts had flipped the election back and forth and the most recent count put LePage ahead by 131 votes.

Right as Bruce sat down at the table and started listening as Grammy complained about the "inner-city people" moving into her neighborhood, who she saw as driving up crime rates and lowering property values [I wish I was making this up], a notification from the Washington Post popped up on Bruce's phone.

 

Florida State Secretary: Batch of Thousands of Misplaced Absentee Ballots Found

"The Secretary of State of Florida announced that the nearly 60,000 missing absentee ballots, whose misplacement has been known for weeks, have been found. They will be counted 'as soon as possible,' and may even allow the state to be called by the end of the day."

 

Finally! Closure! Bruce really hoped it'd lead to the election of Al Franken to the White House, but he didn't get his hopes up.

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It was 11:30 PM, and Bruce was about to drive back to his parent's house to spend the night before heading back to College Park in the morning. He got another notification.

 

Florida State Secretary: State to be Called "Within the Hour"

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9%. 13 million votes. That was (roughly) the margin separating Al Franken, the popular vote winner, from Paul LePage, who might still win the Electoral College. The thought of Franken winning by that much while losing among the only 538 people that actually matter made Bruce physically sick to his stomach. So when he got home and felt the familiar buzz of a notification from WaPo in his pocket, he hesitantly fished his phone out of his pea coat's inner breast pocket, and, with cautious optimism, read the headline.

 

FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFIES THAT FRANKEN WON STATE BY 12,854 VOTES, MAKING HIM 49TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

 

Bruce was ecstatic. A new President! No more feeling of constant humiliation and shame whenever the President was brought up. No more wondering if the President viewed all of his constituents as equal or whether he felt some were inherently inferior.

Also, now Sarah Palin will not be next in line for the most powerful position on Earth.

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Final Results of the 2020 Elections

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Popular vote:

Franken/Sinema: 79,174,289, 53.9%

LePage/Palin: 66,233,027, 45.1%

Stein/Bakara: 801,530, 0.5%

Petersen/Kokesh: 789,236, 0.5%

(Played as: Franken)

 

Congress

House:

Democrats: 257 (up 32)

Republicans: 178 (down 32)

Speaker: Nancy Pelosi

Senate:

Democrats: 55 (up 9)

Republicans: 45 (down 9)

Majority Leader: Chuck Schumer

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Good series, even though I know you rigged it for the Democrats in 2020 <3

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@President Garrett Walker where did you get the debate transcripts from?

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@President Garrett Walker Are you going to write that outro where you go up to 2056 or something like that year working in Presidents similar to the forum members or are you finished with this project?

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On 9/29/2017 at 11:44 AM, President Garrett Walker said:

Events of 2009-2013

At first, President Giuliani governed as the moderate he was perceived to be; he felt that he had no mandate (since he lost the popular vote by 6.7 points). He did get tougher crime bills through Congress, like nation-wide stop and frisk, based off his experience as mayor of New York City. Many decried this program as racial profiling and it caused massive Republican losses in the 2010 midterms.

 

2010 Midterms

House:

Democrats: 242 (up 49)

Republicans: 193 (down 49)

Speaker: Nancy Pelosi

Senate:

Republicans: 50 (down 3, tie broken by VP Thompson)

Democrats: 50 (up 3)

Majority Leader: Mitch McConnell

 

Modest tax cuts and careful deregulation continued the good economy, but President Giuliani squandered the potential favorability those conditions might have given. After the sudden resignation of Supreme Court Associate Justice William J. Drayton, Jr. (appointed to the Supreme Court in 2002 by President Gore) in 2011, Giuliani attempted to nominate Roy Moore to Justice Drayton's seat to appease conservative Republicans. This obviously did not go over very well with about 80% of the country, including many Republicans; after a prolonged fight, Moore's appointment was retracted in February of 2012. Giuliani pivoted in the opposite direction and appointed Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, who was confirmed.

In case no one got the odd Easter egg thing I did:

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On 10/19/2017 at 7:55 AM, LegolasRedbard said:

@President Garrett Walker where did you get the debate transcripts from?

Ripped the 2000 ones right from the Commission on Presidential Debate's website, then lightly edited them.

On 10/20/2017 at 12:17 AM, Reagan04 said:

@President Garrett Walker Are you going to write that outro where you go up to 2056 or something like that year working in Presidents similar to the forum members or are you finished with this project?

Oh yeah that's right.

21 minutes ago, TheLiberalKitten said:

Lol :P

Justice Thomas is known for being silent all the time; Justice Flav was known for yelling "YEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BOOOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!" before and after every hearing :P:P:P

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Just now, President Garrett Walker said:

Ripped the 2000 ones right from the Commission on Presidential Debate's website, then lightly edited them.

Oh yeah that's right.

Justice Thomas is known for being silent all the time; Justice Flav was known for yelling "YEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BOOOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!" before and after every hearing :P:P:P

:P

Polls show that Justice Thomas is considered the best justice in all of Supreme Court history.

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