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Who won the US election 2020?

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The US election 2020 is likely to see record turnout with more than 100 million early ballots cast before Election Day according to the US Elections Project. Earlier on Tuesday, Democratic hopeful Joe Biden said he expected “more people [to] vote this year than any time in American history”. But who won the US election 2020 – Republican incumbent Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger Joe Biden?

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden have gone head-to-head in a bid to win at least Electoral College votes.

The Electoral College is made up of 538 seats and it takes 270 to win.

More than 101 million early ballots were cast before election day this year.

This equates to more than 73 percent of the total number of voters in 2016.

The US Elections Project has tracked the total number of early votes cast in person or via absentee ballots.

According to the data, 44.8 percent of early voters were registered Democrats, compared to 30.5 percent who were registered Republicans.

This left 0.7 percent of voters who were registered with minor candidates and 24 percent who had no registered party affiliation.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said he expected the record US election turout to be historic in size and potentially bag news for Mr Trump.

He told PA news agency: “Obviously, it’s tough to judge. We’re dealing with a huge turnout, unprecedented in modern times.

“I have memories of the UK referendum, we had a huge turnout and Brexit won.”

He added however that he is still “optimistic” about a win for the incumbent Republican leader.

Mr Farage added: “What I can say is, he has completely out-campaigned the Democrats in the last few weeks.”

The first polls in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia closed at 7pm ET (midnight GMT).

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 Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri according to exit polls.

This equates to 76 electoral votes for Mr Trump.

Mr Biden is projected to win Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut and Maine which equates to 92 electoral votes.

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Mr Trump has tweeted that he is feeling positive about the polls.

He tweeted: “We are looking really good all over the country. Thank you.”

Mr Biden earlier urged voters to get to the polls and has continued to remind people about voting procedure.

He tweeted: “Folks, time is running out to make your voice heard in this election.

“If you haven’t voted yet, go to http://iwillvote.com/locate to find your polling place and head there as soon as you can.”

In another tweet, Mr Biden tweeted: “As polls begin to close in certain parts of the country, remember to stay in line.

“If you’re in line at your polling place before it closes, you’re able to vote.”

In Georgia, which is a key battleground state Mr Trump and Mr Biden are splitting college-educated white women voters with each candidate winning around five in 10 according to the Edison Research exit poll.

The Republican leader also won five out of 10 white men with college degrees which is down from eight in 10 in 2016.

Mr Trump is predicted to win West Virginia according to Reuters News Agency.

West Virginia holds five electoral college votes. 

This means according to exit polls, Mr Trump is currently ahead with 24 electoral college votes in total. 

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