President-elect Joe Biden has now surpassed 80 million votes, the most in history, with the final ballots still being counted.
More votes were cast in thethan in any other in U.S. history. While Mr. Biden and running mate Kamala Harris garnered a record-breaking total of at least 80,026,721 votes, President Donald Trump received the second-most votes of all time, with 73,890,295 as of Wednesday morning, November 25.
Mr. Biden's votes amounted to 51% of the total, while Mr. Trump received 47.1%. In the all-important Electoral College, Mr. Biden secured 306 electoral votes to, while Mr. Trump got 232.
Both candidates' vote totals far exceed the, former President Barack Obama, who got over 69.5 million votes in 2008, when Mr. Biden was his running mate.
Over 159 million Americans voted this year, according to the United States Elections Project (USEP) — surpassing 2016 numbers by more than 20 million. The turnout rate was also the highest it has been in more than 100 years. USEP currently estimates that about 66.7% of eligible voters cast ballots this year, the highest since 1900.
The record turnout came even as the nation remained in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed over 259,000 people across the country, according to Johns Hopkins University. More people than ever opted to vote by mail or participate in early voting.
Not only did a record number of voters turn out this year, but Mr. Biden's win alsoblue for the first time in decades, including Georgia and Arizona. He also won Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three battleground states that traditionally voted for Democrats but went to Mr. Trump in 2016.
Following the election, the Trump campaign and Republicans filed ain states including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Judges have ruled against or dismissed nearly all of them, and the final outcome. and certified their election results this week.
On Monday, more than two weeks after Mr. Biden's victory, the head of the General Services Administration finally authorized theto begin, allowing him access to federal funding, office space, classified intelligence briefings and agency access. It marks the first significant formal recognition from the Trump administration that Mr. Biden has won the election, even though President Trump himself has refused to concede.
Mr. Trump is continuing to dispute the results of the election, posting a flurry tweets insisting he won and repeating the most secure election in history. The Electoral College will meet to vote to certify the election results on December 14.of fraud — even though his own administration's deemed it
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