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‘A four-year exhale’: Democratic organizers reflect on Biden’s win

People celebrate and dance in the street in Squirrel Hill after learning about Biden’s election win.
November 11, 2020
Democratic organizers at Pitt said they were a little nervous while awaiting the results of the presidential election, yet ultimately felt relieved once The Associated Press called the race for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday morning.

Many local races still too early to call

Incumbent Mike Doyle (D) easily overcame challenger Luke Negron (R) in the 18th Congressional District.
November 4, 2020
With much of the country focused on the presidential race, there’s a number of state and local seats that were up for grabs on Tuesday. But many of the elections are still too early to call, as of 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Presidential election hinges on too-early-to-call battleground states

The 2020 presidential election remains too close to call as of early Wednesday morning.
November 4, 2020
The 2020 presidential election remains too close to call as of early Wednesday morning, with the nail-biter election hinging on the outcome of several midwest swing states, including Pennsylvania, which are still counting ballots in the high-turnout contest.

Political campaigning moves online during pandemic

Political clubs have adapted their campaigning methods prior to the Nov. 3 election and are now doing the majority of phone banking online.
October 30, 2020
Multiple student organizations, including College Republicans and College Democrats, are coming up with new ways to politically engage their peers while America faces a global pandemic at the same time as the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election.

First-time voters feel empowered, frustrated leading up to Election Day

Priya Gupta voted for the first time this year but had to track down a missing ballot after it was lost in the mail on the way from New Jersey to Pittsburgh.
October 28, 2020
Priya Gupta is one of the 24 million Gen Z voters who will have the opportunity to vote on Election Day. Some first-time voters at Pitt described their thought process leading up to the election and the issues that sway them the most.

‘Pseudo-Pitt for Trump’: College Republicans campaign for Trump, local candidates

Members of Pitt College Republicans at the 2020 Lincoln Dinner in February.
October 28, 2020
Elizabeth Oresanya, the president of Pitt's College Republicans, said the group acts as a “pseudo-Pitt for Trump” group on campus, but prioritizes local races. She said members don’t agree with the president on every issue, but most support his re-election.

Election judges play key role in helping Election Day run smoothly

Nora Blithe Runsdorf has been an election judge for the past 39 years for Pittsburgh Ward 4 District 7.
October 27, 2020
Nora Blithe Runsdorf has served as an election judge for 39 years and is responsible for helping train poll workers and answering all questions that come up and run a fair and clean election on Election Day.

Election 2020: What’s on the ballot in Allegheny County?

Election 2020: What’s on the ballot in Allegheny County?
October 27, 2020
Voters will decide on more than just the next president this election. Here’s what is on the ballot in Allegheny County.

A Pitt student’s guide to voting

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is one of the largest polling locations in Allegheny County.
October 19, 2020
Voters in Pennsylvania have the potential to decide the outcome of one of the most important swing states in the country. With deadlines quickly approaching, it’s helpful to know exactly how to make your vote count.

‘Stanning,’ not ‘settling’: Pitt for Biden works to mobilize students on campus

Pitt for Biden is a new student group focused on turning out the vote for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.
October 11, 2020
Founded in April as a branch of the Students for Biden program, Pitt for Biden educates students on Biden’s policies, hosts discussions with political figures and helps new voters register and feel confident in the process.
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