Finally, the 2020 election is over. Now what?
Even so, the election hung in limbo Wednesday morning as several states were still counting votes due to the closeness of the election.
Candidates did a pretty good job of obeying local restrictions against erecting yard signs until a week before the election. Now, if they will take them down in a timely manner, we will have a much more attractive community.
Oddly enough, there were no major surprises in this year’s general election.
About the biggest upset was Tommy Tuberville’s good showing in the U.S. Senate race since he had never held public office and this was his first political campaign.
He easily defeated Sen. Doug Jones, winning by wide margins in the state and in Lee County.
One important thing about a candidate is name recognition, and one thing about Tuberville, whether they liked him or not, they recognized his name as the former head football coach at Auburn University.
So the election is over — what now?
Well, people who run campaigns for a living tell us you never stop campaigning. When one election is over, you immediately start on the next one. Of course, that is primarily for people who will be running next time.
The next election will be in 2022 and that will include the governor’s race. It's also the year for the next municipal election in Auburn, when residents will pick the next City Council and mayor for four-year terms.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.