US Election 2020: Trump and Biden in close race as final counting begins

The results of the keenly-contested US presidential elections are trickling in with Donald Trump and Joe Biden winning traditional strongholds. The battle is all set to come down to a handful of key states which will see a close fight between the Democrats and Republicans.

For Florida Latinos, Trump’s tough talk against socialism rang true. Trump’s big win in Florida owes much to his strident denunciation of leftist governments in Latin America, which resonated loud and clear with conservative Hispanics in the southeastern state. In Florida, this demographic is led by Cubans who loathe the communist government in Havana, against which Trump adopted a hard line during his presidency and the campaign for the White House.

Meanwhile,Twitter is hiding an election-related post by President Donald Trump, warning that its content is disputed and could be misleading. Trump stated without evidence early Wednesday that Democrats were trying to “steal” the election. He also falsely said votes cannot be cast after polls are closed. States allow voters to cast ballots if they are in line when polls close. Some states also allow mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day but received later to be counted. Trump’s tweet came after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, delivered remarks as the race was too early to call in key battleground states.

Pennsylvania holds the key as a Trump win in Pennsylvania may as well mean the end for Biden’s run.

Finally,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.

So far Biden has 225 while Trump has 213 electoral college votes.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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