Two days after many broadcast and print news outlets called the presidential election for Joe Biden, Real Clear Politics — which terms itself an independent, nonpartisan political news site and polling data aggregator, and whose polls are cited by many of the same broadcast and print news outlets — has neither Biden nor President Donald Trump at the required 270 Electoral votes to win the election.
It's not the only such outlet to hold off a coronation, either.
So, what gives?
Is Real Clear Politics waiting for recounts or for official designations by Georgia and Pennsylvania (which states, along with Arizona and North Carolina, it has not called)? Or has it given more credence to the reports of fraud springing up from various states and pushed by the Trump campaign?
We don't know, but we do wonder whether the fraud the president's team alleges is scattered or widespread.
We said Saturday if the Trump presidential campaign legitimately believes election shenanigans occurred in several states, it needs to produce the proof.
Nevertheless, there have been numerous reports:
* Illegal activity by Wisconsin Democrats about the distribution of ballots in Milwaukee, according to a member of the president's re-election team, and ballots being transported from a polling place to a ballot center on a city bus, suggesting a lack of ballot integrity. The Trump team says it will seek a recount, which it is allowed to do if the victor's winning margin is at or below 1%. Biden is ahead in the state by about 20,500 votes.
* Complaints about dead people and people who no longer live in the state voting in Nevada, according to former Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt, along with a whistleblower's report of a Biden-Harris marked van containing ballots opened with letter openers, filled in and resealed arriving at the ballot counting center. Biden currently leads in the state by about 34,300 votes.
* The need to recount ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, because many were improperly rejected, according to a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party. Biden leads in the state by nearly 17,000 votes.
* That some absentee votes in Michigan had dates changed on them, that software glitches may have changed thousands of votes and that some GOP poll challengers were not properly allowed to see the tabulating of ballots, according to the state Republican Party. Biden leads there by 146,000 votes.
* Back-dating of ballots, dead people voting, voters being pushed out of line and voters instructed to vote in a different way than they intended in Pennsylvania, where lawsuits may be filed this week suggesting up to 900,000 invalid ballots were cast. Biden leads there by slightly less than 46,000 votes.
Trump would need to prove many of those votes were invalid to give him the presidency. It will be a tall order.
Many states will certify their vote counts later this month, and electors will vote on their state's choice on Dec. 14.
In other words, something positive for the Trump campaign needs to happen soon with recounts, lawsuits and allegations for the announced result to be rejected.
We wonder, though, how much an announced win for Biden influences any action toward investigating the fraud complaints.
All Americans — including Biden — should want to know that every serious charge of fraud was investigated and resolved one way or the other.
In the meantime, the nation's eyes will turn toward Georgia, where that state's two Senate races will decide the fate of that body. When runoffs are complete on Jan. 5, Republicans are expected to have a one- or two-seat advantage, or the body will be split 50-50 (with a vice president breaking ties).
The party lines already have been set, with Democrats asking voters to give them a workable Senate to go along with a Democratic president and Democratic House, and Republicans saying a GOP Senate will be the last brake for Americans on a socialist agenda for the country.
The nation can expect the two races to become the most expensive in Senate history, with tens of millions of dark money (where donors don't have to be identified) pouring in and high-profile visits of celebrities and current and former office-holders.
Without Trump on the ballot, the task for both sides will be to turn out voters. Georgia, like Tennessee, saw a record turnout of more than 4 million voters. But runoffs traditionally see lower counts.
It will tougher for Democrats because Biden didn't have coattails in the state.
In one of the Senate races, incumbent David Perdue just missed winning outright by two-tenths of 1% of the vote and currently leads challenger Jon Ossoff by more than 90,000 votes.
In the other race, the combined total of six Republican candidates — led by incumbent Kelly Loeffler — totaled more than the combined total of the eight Democratic candidates, who were led by Raphael Warnock.
Not only that, but the predicted blue wave yielded only one new Democratic U.S. House member in the state and failed to flip the legislature, as Democrats hoped.
By the time the two races are over, we hope the American public can be certain the man they elected is rightfully in place. And that the country can put 2020 to rest once and for all.