Donald Trump fails to make headway on legal cases

The US presidential election has turned out to be strange, memorable, and tortuous. Perhaps it was always destined to be so, given the set-up. Former Vice-President Joe Biden emerged as a consensus candidate after a bruising Democratic primary contest. He polled well among moderates and independents. Unlike Hillary Clinton four years ago, he had low negative ratings among likely voters and his campaign managed to raise record amounts of funds. 
With no evidence of fraud, Trump fails to make headway on legal cases. None of the lawsuits by Trump team appeared to be gaining any traction in the courts.  US President Donald Trump's pledge to fight the outcome of the election in the courts crashed Friday into skeptical judges, daunting Electoral College math and a lack of evidence for his claims of fraud. On a day that began with a vote tallies in Georgia and Pennsylvania tipping in Joe Biden's favour, Trump's campaign declared, "This election is not over," as the Republican National Committee announced it had activated "legal challenge teams" in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The final results may still make 2020 one of the closest presidential elections in modern US history. Trump handily won four states that had been expected to be competitive: Florida, Texas, Ohio, and Iowa. Biden comfortably won the overall popular vote but scraped only narrow wins in the critical states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Voting in five states that would collectively determine the winner — Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, and Nevada —are close and final results may take days, but Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania on Friday gives him a rather decisive edge. Mr Biden will have his own version of America First. Yes, he will reverse Mr Trump’s stance on immigration, security alliances and, most of all, the multilateral approach on climate. Punitive tariffs will be rolled back, in part because they are ineffective, but trade will be increasingly about reciprocity. The shifting of supply chains and tech coalition-building, both aimed at China, will continue. 
A potential Biden presidency may offer a greater degree of predictability and professionalism, improving the foundations of American international power. India will probably continue to find sympathetic allies in the US Senate, reflecting an alignment in thinking on the emerging strategic competition with China.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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