In the middle of a pandemic, the United States comes up with its highest turnout in presidential election since 1900, percentage-wise.
But women did not have the right to vote then and less than 20% of the population actually participated in that election. Here we are closer to 50% of the entire population – not just registered voters. Astounding.
Hillary Clinton garnered 2.87m more votes than Donald Trump in 2016. This time around, Joe Biden has expanded his lead in the popular tally to 2.2m votes – and it appears to have quite a ways to grow yet.
How that lead will overlay the electoral college is another matter, but Biden looks to be doing better than Clinton in that regard as well, with a clear path to victory as the vote comes in.
It’s not over until all the votes are counted, but Trump at this point would have to pull off some impressive vote shares in urban and exurban areas of Michigan and Pennsylvania to keep those states in his column.
We have buttoned up our previous election blog, but to get a sense of how the night unfolded (if you did not stay up) you can find it here.
As for where things stand, the presidential race is too close to call, with results in Wisconsin expected in the coming hours but other states – Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan – potentially taking days to complete their counts.
The Biden campaign has rebuked Trump for his “outrageous” false claim that he had won the election, an asserted also repudiated by state Republican party leaders across the country.
Biden said he’s “on track to win this election” and “we’re feeling good about where we are.” He called for patience as the remaining votes are counted.
Election day overall was largely free of the kind of civil unrest that was feared, but the Trump campaign was calling on supporters to “defend” the election and uncertain days lay ahead.
The Republicans looked to pick up a handful of seats in the House of Representatives, with Democrats holding the majority. Control of the senate was up in the air, but the Democratic path appeared narrow.
Don’t wait up on Nevada, says Jon Ralston, who knows whereof he speaks:
Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the US presidential election. As you will have gathered, it’s a close one. Multiple states are still counting ballots and it could be days before we know the result.
We’re waiting on a possible call in the presidential race in Wisconsin, where Biden held a narrow lead with a small number of absentee ballots left to count.
The race currently stands at 238 electoral votes for Biden to 213 for Trump, with six battleground states outstanding. If Biden can hang on to a narrow lead in Nevada, and seal the deal in Wisconsin, a win in Georgia (16 electoral votes), Michigan (16) or Pennsylvania (20) – brings him victory. North Carolina, with 15 electoral votes, is also still out.
To explore how the numbers work, check out our interactive “build your own election” tool:
Democrats encountered frustration elsewhere on Tuesday, conceding some ground they had gained in the House of Representatives, although retaining a firm majority in that body. Control of the senate was up in the air, though the path to a Democratic majority appeared narrow.