The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat

By: - November 9, 2020 10:59 pm
Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020: "Stop the Steal" event. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020: “Stop the Steal” event. (Photo: Alex Kent)

A truism of politics is that there’s always a winner and always a loser.

In the case of the 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden has emerged as president-elect, after clinching Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes Saturday morning. Sitting President Donald Trump has not conceded and shows no indication he is going to, with attorneys general friendly to his cause filing suit aimed at halting late-arriving mail in ballots. Monday, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr gave prosecutors the authority to investigate specific instances of voter fraud.

John Partipilo got the happier job of covering the spontaneous  pro-Biden celebrations that broke out in artsy East Nashville, capturing the Champagne toasts on lawns and jubilant dancing, pots-and-pans beating partiers on Woodland Street, site of the Black Lives Matter mural.

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J. Holly McCall
J. Holly McCall

Holly McCall has been a fixture in Tennessee media and politics for decades. She covered city hall for papers in Columbus, Ohio and Joplin, Missouri before returning to Tennessee with the Nashville Business Journal. Holly brings a deep wealth of knowledge about Tennessee’s political processes and players and likes nothing better than getting into the weeds of how political deals are made.