Decision Desk HQ Calls North Carolina for Trump

Written by Martin Walsh

A new projection has said President Donald Trump will win the battleground state of North Carolina.

“Decision Desk HQ Projects Trump (R) Has Won The State Of NC And Its 15 Electoral Votes Race Called At 11-10 1:41 PM,” Decision Desk HQ tweeted Tuesday.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Current results from across the nation give presumptive potential president-elect Joe Biden the edge, and he was declared the winner on Saturday by several media organizations.

Trump has challenged results in a post-election legal battle that remains unresolved.

North Carolina has 15 electoral votes, votes that Trump could need if his challenges in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and other states succeed.

Trump currently leads Biden by 73,300 votes in North Carolina, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

“If I were the Biden folks, I would right North Carolina off, and I think they have,” said Susan Roberts, a political scientist at Davidson College.

The projection of a Trump victory came on the same day that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham conceded his race to unseat Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina.

“The voters have spoken and I respect their decision,” Cunningham said.

“While the results of this election suggest there remain deep political divisions in our state and nation, the more complete story of our country lies in what unites us: our faith and sense of confidence in our democracy, our civic values and common humanity, our shared aspiration to care for one another, and our belief that we live in a country that does exceptional things,” he said.

Tillis said he has two goals.

“I know that my job is fighting for the jobs of the hardworking people of our state, which is why my first post-election priority will be defeating COVID-19 and getting the economy back on track. North Carolinians have a solid record of weathering storms and coming back stronger than ever,” he said.

The election gives Republicans, who currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, a 49-48 lead in the new Senate that will convene in January.

The GOP appears likely to take an Alaska race that has not yet been called.

However, the outcome of two January special elections in Georgia will determine control of the Senate.

Aside from that, a new report claims that if Trump does not prevail in his legal challenges regarding the 2020 election results, he will launch another bid for the White House in 2024.

Trump is reported to be “privately discussing” a 2024 run in the case that the legal dominoes do not fall his way.

“President Trump has already told advisers he’s thinking about running for president again in 2024, two sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios,” the report said.