Biden inches closer to victory, early polls show
At the time of writing this article, US presidential nominee Joe Biden had secured 238 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the US presidential elections. On the other, the incumbent President Donald Trump had secured 213 votes, trailing his opponent by 25 electoral votes.
Early polls suggest that Biden stands a better chance at securing the lead. Trump, had he lost the Florida electoral, would have had a wide gap from Biden but Floridans voted red instead of blue in the 2020 elections.
But just as Trump carried the prized battleground of Florida, the focus has now shifted to three Northern industrial states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that are crucial in determining who wins the White House.
Biden won California, Oregon and Washington state, while President Donald Trump won Idaho.
California, Oregon and Washington are all liberal states, while Idaho is conservative.
Reuters reported that California has 55 electoral votes, the biggest haul of any state. It’s also the home of Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. She served as the San Francisco district attorney and the state’s attorney general before winning election to the Senate in 2016.
Trump won Ohio and its 18 electoral votes, holding on to a battleground state where the race against Biden had tightened in recent months.
The Republican nominee comfortably carried the Midwestern state four years ago, but polls heading into the final weeks showed Biden well within range, forcing the president to spend more time in the state than anyone expected, global news agencies said.
Meanwhile, voter turnout has broken all previous records despite the mandated masks and maintaining social distancing to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, long lines in a few locales and short waits in many other places.
There were no signs of disruptions or violence at polling sites, as some officials had feared.