The Week of November 1, 2020: Election Edition by CoenM


All about this past week's elections in the US.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

What STATE came in with a surprisingly (compared to 20 years ago) quick vote in favor of Donald Trump? Trumps success in attracting Cuban and Venezuelan-Americans helped him win the state by roughly 350,000 votes.


Question 2

Both the AP and Fox called what WESTERN STATE for Joe Biden on Tuesday night, only to see other news outlets wait? That proved to be the right call, as Joe Biden only won the state by 11,000 votes after several days of counting.


Question 3

Name ANY ONE OF THE THREE COUNTIES that border Philadelphia County that make up the "collar counties" that proved critical to Joe Biden winning Pennsylvania, which put him over 270 electoral votes. (Note: this doesn't include Chester County, which is often considered a collar county but does not border Philadelphia).

Bucks, Delaware, or Montgomery

Question 4

Democrats did note fare as well as hoped in Congressional elections. Plans to control the Senate now seem to lie with winning both run-off elections in what STATE, where no candidate finished with at least 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday?


Question 5

There is one outlier possibility for the Democrats, where they could win one of the two races from the last question but also see Al Gross come back to beat Dan Sullivan in what STATE? The state is waiting until a week after the election to count over 100,000 absentee and other ballots, which is more than 40 percent of all votes cast.


Question 6

In what dependably blue STATE did voters reject a ballot question that would allow the use of affirmative action in college admissions and approve a measure allowing app-based drivers to be treated as contractors rather than employees?


Question 7

One of the larger disappointments for Democrats was North Carolina, which Donald Trump won by roughly 75,000 votes and where what SENATOR held off Cal Cunningham - thanks at least in part to his sexting scandal?

Thom Tillis

Question 8

While Democrats will still control the House, they did lose a few seats to Republicans, including the Florida seat of what FORMER SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, who lost her 27th district seat to Maria Elvira Salazar, a former Spanish-language TV news anchor.

Donna Shalala

Question 9

Republicans also regained the House's lone independent seat, held by what FORMER REPUBLICAN who publicly split with the party and eventually joined the Libertarian Party before deciding not to run for re-election?

Justin Amash

Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme (TM): Firsts. While Kamala Harris is the first African-American, first Asian-American, and first woman to serve as Vice President, her husband Doug Emhoff will be the first person referred to by what informal TITLE as the husband of the vice president?

Second Gentleman

Question 11

An additional first for the Biden presidency - the first rescue dog in the White House. Major, a 2018 adoptee from the Delaware Humane Association is what BREED, as is Biden's other dog, Champ?

German shepherd

Question 12

And then there's the fraud claims. Fittingly, Rudy Guiliani held a press conference to allege voting irregularities not at what LUXURY HOTEL but at a landscaping company with a similar name? Several news accounts relayed that the landscaping company is conveniently located between a crematorium and a sex shop.

Four Seasons