Counting in the US Election continues, with all eyes fixed firmly on the world’s largest economy for any signs of a result. At this stage, it appears Democratic challenger Joe Biden may get across the line, but nothing is yet certain.
For me, there are three immediate takeaways from the vote so far. One is the importance of a smooth transfer of power, should the incumbent indeed be ousted.
There have already been reports of legal challenges to some of the ongoing counting. What the situation requires is a sense the system is working effectively and the inauguration will go ahead as intended.
The second is the polls were wrong. Again. If you're having a bad day, consider you could be a pollster in the US, having spent four years telling people you fixed things after the errors of 2016. They hadn’t.
What is now clear is the 2016 vote in the US wasn't an accident. It's the way the US people view the world. We need to accept that this is the US, as of today – and it is divided.
The US is not the only country that's divided, but it's the world's largest economy. This vote, and its fallout, will have lasting geopolitical and economic implications around the globe.