Groups from all political backgrounds gather in Raleigh on Saturday :: WRAL.com
Raleigh, North Carolina – With a few hundred votes to be counted in North Carolina, political supporters of the two presidential candidates gathered in downtown Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.
At 1 p.m., hundreds of Trump supporters lined the sidewalk outside the State Capitol, many of them waving flags. About 40 representatives from NC Born, a group that has marched steadily for police reform since George Floyd’s death, clashed across the street. The groups shouted back and forth – a Trump supporter paced with a megaphone – but stayed on their respective sides.
Activated NC, a group that calls itself “Southern Resistance,” posted on Instagram plans for “local action” to “demonstrate MAGA” on Saturday in Raleigh and Durham. In Washington, DC, groups identified online by various names, including “Stop the Steal,” “March for Trump,” and “MAGA Million March,” have come together to protest the presidential election result.
A group of Democratic supporters known as the Team Democracy coalition hosted a more traditional event at the Halifax Mall. Entitled “The People will Rise”, guest speakers including the Reverend William J. Barber II.
The events come a week after groups supporting the two presidential candidates – incumbent Republican Donald J. Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden – took to the streets after mainstream media projected Biden to be president-elect . These two gatherings were peaceful and the groups did not overlap. In Durham, an election celebration lasted all night.
As North Carolina counties released the canvassing results on Friday, the Associated Press called Trump the winner of the state’s 15 electoral votes. The PA concluded that there were not enough outstanding ballots left on Friday afternoon to count to allow Biden to overtake Trump’s lead with nearly 74,000 votes.
Republicans had already retained their majorities in the House and Senate for another two years on election night.
Georgia was called up for Biden on Friday. As a result, the latest projected victory for Biden’s Electoral College vote over Trump stood at 306-232, according to NBC News.
With 97% of the vote expected across the country counted as of 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Biden led Trump from 50.8% to 47.4% in the popular vote, unlike Trump, who lost the popular vote in 2016 while by winning the Electoral College.
The nearly 78 million votes that have so far been counted for Biden are the most votes won in the United States by a presidential candidate.
Trump aides continue to insist that the Republican president prevail in litigation alleging mass fraud without producing evidence.
Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president on January 20.