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U.S. ELECTION RESULTS (Forsige) – Americans go to the polls on Tuesday, as Republican President Donald Trump tries to conquer the lead of Democratic rival Joe Biden in opinion polls to win the White House for four more years.
The vote caps a coronavirus pandemic-dominated campaign that has killed more than 231,000 people in the U.S. and put millions out of jobs.
The country has also been rocked by national demonstrations against Black Americans over racial inequality. Biden, who described the contest as a referendum on the treatment of the virus by Trump, vowed a renewed attempt to tackle the health crisis, fix the economy, and bridge the political divide in America.
In national polls, he has kept a relatively steady lead. But Trump is similar to the 270 state-by-state Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency, in enough swing states to potentially unite.
Despite losing the national popular vote by around 3 million ballots, he beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
The confusion and the possibility of extended legal battles have fuelled concern about the result and aftermath of the election.
As of Monday night, more than 99 million early votes had already been cast in person or by mail, according to the U.S. University of Florida Elections Initiative, a record-setting rate fuelled by an intense interest in the election during a pandemic and fears about voting in person on Election Day.
In 2016, the figure was equivalent to 72.3 percent of the entire turnout and accounts for about 40 percent of all Americans legally qualified to vote.
These States Will Play a Crucial Role in Deciding the U.S. Presidential Election Results
The results could not be known on Tuesday’s Election Day due to a surge in mail voting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic-as well as the different rules for when ballots should be counted by the states.
However, in providing the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, these states will play a critical role.
Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada, Iowa. A special report on the effect of these states on the election has been published here.
On Tuesday, unlike any other, Americans started casting ballots on an election day, braving the threat of COVID-19 and the potential for abuse and coercion following one of the most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history.
The First States in The Presidential Race to Be Called
Two states were named by AP at 7 pm ET. Trump won Kentucky, giving him eight electoral votes, and Biden won Vermont, giving him three electoral votes.
Indiana and Kentucky at 6 pm ET were the first polls to close, followed by several states at 7 pm ET, including Florida and the Georgia and South Carolina battlegrounds.
Biden Wins Up California, Washington, and Oregon Trump wins Idaho
Polls have only closed in four western nations, but the AP has already called all of them.
Joe Biden won the states of California, Oregon and Washington, with Donald Trump winning Idaho.
The electoral college count stands at 209 votes for Biden and 112 votes for Trump with those four states in it. The magic number that should be reached is 270.
It seems it’s all going to come down to the midwest. It is 11pm ET, so polls have now closed in four more states – California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
Florida and Its 29 Electoral Votes Won by Donald Trump
Biden Wins New Hampshire
Joe Biden has won New Hampshire, a state where he came in fifth in the Democratic primary.