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The 2020 United States presidential election was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It is the 59th quadrennial presidential election.

At the time of this publication, below are the results so far.

Key states to watch according to Guardian.

The race for the presidency is usually decided in a small number of key battleground states that switch party allegiance between elections.

Florida

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29 electoral college votesEst. vote count 96%

CandidateVotesPercent
Donald Trump5,657,93351.3%
Joe Biden5,282,89447.9%
Jo Jorgensen70,0010.6%

Why Does It Matter?

Florida has voted with the eventual winner in all but one presidential election since 1964. It is also the swing state with the largest population and the most electoral college votes.

Ohio

18 electoral college votesEst. vote count 94%

CandidateVotesPercent
Donald Trump3,066,65753.4%
Joe Biden2,597,05545.2%
Jo Jorgensen64,9011.1%

Why Why Does It Matter?

Ohio is one of the largest swing states in the midwest, and it has sided with the eventual election winner for decades. Trump won the state by a margin of over eight points in 2016.

Arizona

11 electoral college votesEst. vote count 84%

CandidateVotesPercent
Joe Biden1,410,97751%
Donald Trump1,317,46847.6%
Jo Jorgensen37,4271.4%

Why Does It Matter?

Arizona last voted Democratic for President in 1996, but the state has become increasingly competitive as the Hispanic share of the electorate has grown. The Democrats managed to gain a number of seats in the 2018 midterms here.

Pennsylvania

20 electoral college votesEst. vote count 64%

CandidateVotesPercent
Donald Trump2,965,63655.7%
Joe Biden2,290,62443.1%
Jo Jorgensen63,2811.2%

Why Does It Matter?

Pennsylvania was one of the largest states to swing to Trump in the 2016 election. He won the state by a margin of just 0.7 percentage points, turning it Republican for the first time since 1992.

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How Does The Election Work?

The winner of the election is determined through a system called the electoral college. Each of the 50 states, plus Washington DC, is given a number of electoral college votes, adding up to a total of 538 votes. More populous states get more electoral college votes than smaller ones.

A candidate needs to win 270 electoral college votes (50% plus one) to win the election.

In every state except two – Maine and Nebraska – the candidate that gets the most votes wins all of the state’s electoral college votes.

Due to these rules, a candidate can win the election without getting the most votes at the national level. This happened at the last election, in which Donald Trump won a majority of electoral college votes although more people voted for Hillary Clinton across the US.

How Are The Results Reported?

The election results on this page are reported by the Associated Press (AP). AP “call” the winner in a state when they determine that the trailing candidate has no path to victory. This can happen before 100% of votes in a state have been counted.

Estimates for the total vote in each state are also provided by AP. The numbers update throughout election night, as more data on voter turnout becomes available.

Trump Vs Biden


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