Robertson’s Reportings: Election Week

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to Robertson’s Reportings! Tuesday was the last opportunity for Americans to vote in the election of many local officials but most notably the 46th U.S. president. The president has not been officially announced yet, but Joe Biden has been leading over the last few days. However, if President Trump wins the last few states, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina, he will beat the former vice president. With all of the absentee, mail-in ballots and lawsuits, it could be weeks before we know the true winner of the presidential election. In North Carolina, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper was re-elected, and Republican Senator Thom Tillis is slightly ahead in his race for U.S. Senate against Cal Cunningham. Republican Mark Robinson became North Carolina’s first African American lieutenant governor.

The National Guard was deployed in Portland on Wednesday night after violent riots broke out. There were 11 people arrested, including one who had a rifle with a full magazine of ammunition, a knife, and an explosive device. These protests began as a “Defend Democracy” rally, but quickly turned violent. Protesters shattered windows of businesses and threw glass bottles at figures of authority. The governor gave an executive order to the state police and local sheriff’s office with the task of keeping peace during these protests. 

There were other protests throughout the nation in cities like Philadelphia and New York. In New York, people began throwing punches at police officers, starting fires, and a woman spit in a cop’s face. The woman was charged on three different counts. There were 25 arrests with at least 32 other cases being reviewed. A Looting Task Force was created by the New York Police Department on Wednesday during the escalating protests.

After passing through Central America, Tropical Storm Eta is headed for Florida during the weekend. This storm is the 28th named storm of the 2020 season. Eta has been blamed for four deaths so far. Over a foot of rain is expected in some parts of Florida, but it is likely that Eta will not meet the standards to become a hurricane.

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