U.S. Presidential Election 2020: Trump and Biden go head-to-head as polls open

U.S. Presidential Election 2020: Trump and Biden go head-to-head as polls open

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In one of the most divisive presidential elections in American history, Americans voted between two dangerously divisive options-current President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden of the Obama administration.

Nearly 100 million people have voted through early voting (personal voting and absentee voting), making the election the highest turnout rate in a century. Today’s vote is a vote held during the increasingly serious coronavirus pandemic. The United States reported 93,000 new cases on Monday alone.

National polls have given a clear lead to Biden (51.6 percent), with President Trump firmly lagging behind (43 percent); yet the battle for the White House is looking far narrower in the key states – making it likely that the outcome will be contingent upon a handful of swing states.

To be elected president, a candidate must win at least 270 votes in the electoral college, in which each state allocated votes on the basis of their population, with a total of 538 electoral votes up for grabs. As of yet, Biden is in a projected lead with 334 votes, and President Trump trailing behind with 169 votes.

Among the first swing states to begin election-day voting, across most major polls, Biden leads in Florida (+2.2pp), Pennsylvania (+5.0pp), Michigan (+8.6pp), North Carolina (+1.6pp), Arizona (+2.5pp) and Wisconsin (+7.4pp), while President Trump maintains leads in Iowa (+0.4pp) and Ohio (+2.0pp).

After each presidential election, each vote may take several days, but there may be a clear winner in the next few hours. However, under the special circumstances of this election, officials warned that due to the unprecedented increase in postal absenteeism, the waiting time may be longer, even days or even weeks.

People are worried that post-election violence will erupt throughout the United States. According to reports, President Trump intends to declare victory on Tuesday night, provided that he manages to take the lead, especially in key battlefield states with more representatives. The last time there was no clear result was in the Bush v Gore legendary incident in 2000, when the Supreme Court made a ruling and officially confirmed the election result for nearly a month.

People are worried that post-election violence will erupt throughout the United States. According to reports, President Trump intends to declare victory on Tuesday night, provided that he manages to take the lead, especially in key battlefield states with more representatives.

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