THERE are eight battleground states, or swing states, that are left to decide the historic 2020 presidential election.
Whoever gets to 270 electoral votes – a majority of the 538 – wins the election.
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What states are still counting?
Due to the pandemic and mail-in voting, there are still lots of states still counting.
The mail-in ballots, which soared this year as a result of Covid-19, are expected to favor Biden, as his campaign encouraged Democrats to vote early.
In-person voting on Election Day may have given Trump an advantage.
Key states where results are still being counted include several battleground states.
States that haven't declared their Electoral Votes include:
- North Carolina
In the early hours of November 4, Trump claimed that the Democrats were trying to "disenfranchise" his voters.
“Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight. And a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we won’t stand for it,” Trump said.
He also falsely claimed that he was taking the lead in a few of these states.
"We're winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount of votes," Trump said.
“We're winning Michigan by – I'll tell you, I looked at the numbers, I said, 'Whoa.' I looked, I said, 'Wow that's a lot.' By almost 300,000 votes and 65 percent of the vote is in. And we're winning Wisconsin.”
His statements prove to be untrue as those states had only just began counting millions of mail ballots at the time he made his remarks.
How many electoral votes are those states worth?
With swing states, there is no consistent favorable party and any candidate of the party they represent can take all the electoral votes and win the state.
The key states that Biden and Trump are fighting over are worth the following amount of electoral votes:
- Pennslyvania: 20
- Wisconsin: 10
- Michigan: 16
- Nevada: 6
- North Carolina: 15
- Alaska: 3
- Hawaii: 4
- Georgia: 16
Thirty-eight out of the 50 states have voted for the same party since the 2000 presidential election, which has made it relatively easy to predict which states will vote for a Democratic candidate and which will vote for a Republican.
When will we find out the final results?
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are locked in a tense fight to the finish, as the task of counting millions of votes continues.
Trump's lead narrowed in the swing state of Michigan with just .5 percent difference between the two rivals.
The count is still ongoing with 86 percent of votes having been counted so far – and the task may not be completed until Friday.
A victory in both Wisconsin and Michigan would take Biden to the 270 votes needed to secure victory.
Meanwhile, Trump needs to win other key battleground states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to remain in the White House.
What is the popular vote?
The popular vote is the sum total of everyone who votes in the election.
Two of our last three presidents won without winning the popular vote – George W Bush and Trump.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote against Trump in 2016 yet still lost the election.
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