Vermont’s Republican Governor Phil Scott has revealed that he voted for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He is the first Republican governor to make such a revelation — Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan also declined to vote for Donald Trump, but instead, he wrote in the name of Ronald Reagan. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, another Republican, also declined to vote for Trump, but he says that he didn’t vote for anyone for president at all. Meanwhile, Scott — who himself is up for re-election this year — said that he had to do some “soul-searching” but decided “to put country over party” and support Biden.
— Paul Heintz (@paulheintz) November 3, 2020
Vermont isn’t exactly a likely Republican pick-up in the final results. In their final pre-Election Day forecast, FiveThirtyEight said that Biden had an over 99 percent chance of winning the state. Still, Scott’s decision underlines the widespread national rejection of Trump. Heading into Election Day, polls clearly indicated that large portions of Americans had enough of the vitriolic belligerence of the Trump administration. FiveThirtyEight’s final national forecast gave Biden an about 89 percent chance of winning the presidency, with polls stacked against Trump from the national level to a slew of individual swing states around the country.
The Trump campaign has repeatedly sounded stunningly disconnected from reality when discussing their chances of success across the country. During a Tuesday appearance on Fox, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany — who also serves as a top Trump campaign adviser — insisted that the campaign believed that a Trump “landslide” was imminent. Underlining the hollowness of her position is the fact that she also insisted that she was confident that the “story of the election” would be that the “Black vote” moved towards Trump — but a Pew Research survey from last month found Biden leading among Black voters by 81 percent. That’s not exactly a toss-up number.
Trump and his allies have threatened the ballot-counting process with a slew of lawsuits. Trump has repeatedly insisted that the election must come to a conclusive end within hours of polls closing — but this notion is anti-democratic conspiracy. States have always taken significant periods of time after Election Day to officially certify their results.