On Tuesday, November 3rd, Americans crouched at home and waited for the 2020 election results. While election night has meant electoral parties in previous years, this year the process was fraught with an added layer of tension, and due to the coronavirus -Lots of people watched the pandemic alone or in small social bubbles.
Many of the events of 2016 described themselves as “election trauma”. We knew we probably wouldn't see a final result for days or weeks, but we still sat in front of the TV and waited for something – anything – to happen. When we were doomed, we ordered delivery and drank through the night; The search for “fries near me” and “liquor store near me” reached record highs. Vox turned to delivery services across the country to find out what Americans ate and drank on election night.
Alcohol sales rose and the blue states drank a lot more than the red states
According to Drizly, a liquor supplier, the blue states it serves saw a 75.32 percent increase last night compared to the previous four Tuesdays. These states include California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maryland, and Washington, DC. In the seven red states that Drizly operates in (Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky), revenue was only 33 percent higher (possibly because states like Louisiana have Daiquiri Drive-Thrus) . In swing states like Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas, which have their own drive-thru rum chain called Eskimo Hut, Drizly's sales rose 54, 84 percent.
Most of Drizly's election sales were in wine (42.38 percent) and spirits (40.84 percent). People had little interest in beer, which only made up 14.67 percent of sales (by 2020, beer made up 19 percent of Drizly's sales). Red wine was the most popular choice, accounting for 45.88 percent of Drizly wine sold on election night. White wine lagged behind with 25.98 percent, 19.48 percent champagne and sparkling wines and only 5.49 percent rosé made up the rest. In swing states, people preferred alcohol over wine and beer, which accounted for 45.84 percent of alcohol purchases (41 percent of Drizly's 2020 sales came from alcohol and wine, 38 percent).
In New York City, sales rose 110.41 percent, a figure only surpassed by DC, which saw sales jump 132.57 percent. In Boston, where a curfew is due to come into effect on November 6 due to the coronavirus, sales were 83.41 percent above the average for the last four Tuesdays.
Comfort food carried us through
According to DoorDash, fried and carbohydrate-filled foods were popular on election night. The most commonly ordered food was french fries, which may not come as a surprise as they go well with plenty of alcohol. Generally, on election night, people withdrew to their lowest instincts, ordering items like chicken fingers (# 2), mozzarella sticks (# 10), and sundaes of hot fudge (# 13). These foods are well-known childhood classics that are easy to calm and panic on yourself.
Additionally, cheese seems to be number one – lots of people ordered cheeseburgers (# 3), chicken quesadillas (# 4), nachos (# 7), mac and cheese (# 12), and cheesesteaks (# 14 ). Orders from Shareables like “Margherita Flatbread” and “Cheese Pizza” rose by 825 percent and 80 percent respectively compared to the previous Tuesday. The gap between the two is, frankly, extremely funny; Perhaps the hosts thought a "flatbread" would be more impressive to serve the guests?
On the sweet side, people indulged in baked goods like cinnamon rolls (No. 8) and apple pie (No. 9). Two milkshake flavors made it into the 20 most frequently ordered items: chocolate (No. 11) and strawberry (No. 15).
With votes still being counted in several states, his election night will span several election days and nights, so we can expect our diets to suffer from such numbers in the coming weeks.
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