US Election Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Results as at 6pm Monday 23rd November in Wall Street Journal

Joe Biden 6 million votes ahead.

At 2:25am Sunday 8th November AEST (11:25am Saturday EST) the Associated Press called the race in Pennsylvania for Biden, who held a 34,243 vote lead, after it determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up. However Donald Trump refused to concede.

US Presidency (Candidate needs to reach 270 electoral votes of ** 538 electoral votes in total)

Mr Trump has 232 electoral votes

Mr Biden has 306 electoral votes

** Since 1964, there have been 538 electors. The number of electors from each state is the same quantity as the state's Congresspeople (members of the House of Representatives and two Senators). There are 435 state representatives and 100 senators in total, plus 3 votes from Washington DC.
Based on the 2010 census, each representative vote represented on average 711,000 individuals.
The six states with the most electors are California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20), and Pennsylvania (20). The District of Columbia and the seven least populous states — Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming — have three electors each.
Congress As mentioned, Congress has 535 voting members: 100 senators in the upper house and 435 representatives in the lower house. Prior to the election, the Democrats controlled the lower house of Congress with 232 seats, compared to 197 Republican seats, 1 Libertarian seat, and 5 vacant seats. After the final count, this current estimate from NBC Democrats 223 Republicans 212 indicates that Democrats will control the lower house, but with a reduced majority. Senate Current count Republicans 50 Democrats 48 There will be runoff elections in Georgia for the two Senate spots that are set to take place on January 5, as neither Georgia candidate gained the required 50% of the vote necessary in that state. Final count looking like Republicans 51 Democrats 49 More Details below about the two houses The US legislature, Congress, has two chambers. The lower chamber, the House of Representatives, has 435 voting seats, each representing a district of roughly similar size. There are elections in each of these seats every two years. The upper chamber, the Senate, has 100 members, who sit for six-year terms. One-third of the seats come up for election in each two-year cycle. Each state has two senators, regardless of its population; this means that Wyoming, with a population of less than 600,000, carries the same weight as California, with almost 40 million. Most legislation needs to pass both chambers to become law, but the Senate has some important other functions, notably approving senior presidential appointments, for instance to the supreme court. In most states, the candidate with the most votes on election day wins the seat. However, Georgia and Louisiana require the winning candidate to garner 50% of votes cast, if no one does, they hold a run-off election between the top two candidates.

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