US election results so far: How many votes do Joe Biden and Donald Trump have?

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The US election 2020 has been a contentious race between Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Americans across the country have hit the polls on Tuesday, November 3, to have their say about who they wish to lead the country for the next four years. But how many votes exactly do Mr Trump and Mr Biden have so far?

In the United States, a winner of the election can often be declared on election night.

However, this year there has been a huge surge in early voting.

Many states have never had to deal with such large numbers of postal votes and therefore may be unable to complete the vote count on election night.

To be elected the next president, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral college votes out of 538 in total.

In 2016, the election was called by 2.30am EST (7.30am GMT).

Early vote statistics from the US Elections Project shows more than 101 million ballots were cast in the US ahead of election day.

This is 73 percent of the total 138 million votes cast in 2016.

Of these votes, the total by party is as follows:

  • Democrats: 44.8 percent
  • Republicans: 30.5 percent
  • Minor: 0.7 percent
  • No party affiliation: 24 percent.

In the US several exit polls are published once polling stations close in different states meaning experts can guess as to which candidate will win each state.

Networks typically begin to release data from exit polls before 6pm EST (11pm GMT) when some polling stations begin to close.

Not every voter is interviewed so exit polls are not always an accurate gauge of the final result.

In addition, in the USA, media outlets will project state results for either candidate, but none of these results are official until individual states certify them.

States technically have until December 14 when the electoral college electors meet to finalise the final vote count.

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The first polls in the US closed at 6pm ET (11pm GMT) in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia and Vermont.

In 2016, these states were awarded to the following parties:

  • Republican: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and South Carolina
  • Democrat: Virginia and Vermont.

The latest Edison Research voter exit poll suggests one in 10 US voters are voting for the first time in this election.

This is similar to the result found in 2016.

According to Reuters News Agency, the incumbent Republican leader is projected to win in Kentucky and Indiana according to exit polls.

This equates to 19 electoral votes for Mr Trump.

Mr Biden is projected to win Vermont and Virginia which equates to 16 electoral votes.

In Virginia, the Edison Research exit poll found Mr Trump won six in 10 white voters without college degrees, which is down from seven in 10 in 2016.

Bookmaker Betfair forecasts Mr Biden to walk away the ultimate winner, but underlines the importance of the swing states.

Betfair spokesperson Darren Hughes said: ‘While Donald Trump’s odds rallied this morning to 13/8 (39 percent), his chances appear to have decreased as the day goes on, and he is now at odds of 2/1 as we eagerly await the first exit polls of the night.

“Biden, for his part, remains the strong 1/2 favourite as we head into the final hours of the campaign.

“The swing states are what will decide the election, and while Trump is leading in Florida at odds of 1/2 (66 percent), he is neck and neck in North Carolina with Biden at evens apiece (50 percent), and trailing in Pennsylvania at 7/4 (35 percent).

“Things will need to change, and quickly, for the incumbent President to retain the White House.”

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