A week from now we’ll know the outcome of next Tuesday’s General Election. I get the feeling we won’t know the official results for the job of president. If we do it will be very late at night. The race between incumbent Donald Trump and his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, may take a while to determine.

The important down-ballot races also will be decided through early voting, absentee voting and by those who go to the Madison County voting centers on Tuesday. A lot of races are unchallenged, such as seats on the Madison County Quorum Court.

Two justices of the peace had to be replaced since Kenny Thomas and Rick McLoud did not seek re-election.

Democrat Sherri Cozad is unopposed for JP in District 3, while Republican Wendy Pettz and Democrat Travis Dotson face off for JP District 5.

Republican Luke Dotson faces incumbent Democrat T.J. McCollough in District 6 while Democrat Brandi McConnell-Solorzano faces incumbent Republican Matt Cleaver in District 9.

Two other races on the ballot are for seats in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

In District 82, which covers a portion of Madison County, Republican Mark H. Berry faces Democrat Gwen Ford Faulkenberry. In District 97, incumbent Republican Harlan Breaux faces Democrat Suzie Bell.

Incumbent Democrat Tyler Morgan and Republican challenger Wes Walters were on the ballot for South Constable in Madison County.

One of the more interesting races is for the new circuit judge, District 4, Division 8, between Fayetteville attorneys Diane Warren and Conrad Odom. The judge will work with juveniles in Madison County. Both Warren and Odom are admirable candidates. I think the district will have a winner no matter which candidate gets the most votes.

I have heard nothing but great things about early voting at the Madison County Courthouse. County Clerk Tamitha Blocker  and her associates have put in a ton of hours getting ready for this General Election. It certainly has looked different, with poll workers in face shields and behind plexiglass barriers.

From all indications, the many people who voted early were in and out of the courthouse without much frustration.

The big draw this election, of course, is the race between Trump and Biden. The candidates are virtually polar opposites in political philosophy and how they see our country.

I was happy to see that their second debate, held last week in Nashville, Tenn., was an actual debate. A mute button was used to silence a candidate so his opponent could speak without being interrupted. Trump was much more sedate compared to the first debate, which was more like a school yard brawl between young boys.

One political observer said, “This time, Trump came prepared to show the country that he could be civil, stay (mostly) on topic, and still beat Biden. That he did.”

Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC, “You’ve got to give Trump a minor victory because he’ll bring some [undecided] voters home, and it’ll close the race a little bit. But in the end, I think Joe Biden won the war.”

More than 40 million Americans had voted before the final debate. Whether that’s good news for Trump or Biden, we’ll have to wait and see.

I believe Trump is in trouble, primarily for the way he mishandled the Covid-19 Pandemic and his threat to take away health insurance for millions, including me. There again, his base of supporters will be out in force on Tuesday. I truly don’t know who will win the presidency this time around.