2020 US election results: Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump and wins the presidency US news

Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States

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How does the election work?

The election winner is determined by a system known as an electoral college. Each of the 50 states plus Washington DC receives a number of votes for the electoral college for a total of 538 votes. More populous states get more votes for the electoral college than smaller ones.

A candidate must win 270 electoral college votes (50% plus one) to win the election.

In every state but two – Maine and Nebraska – the candidate who receives the most votes wins all of the state’s electoral college votes.

Because of these rules, a candidate can win the election without getting the most votes at the national level. This happened in the last election when Donald Trump won a majority of the electoral college’s vote, even though more people in the US voted for Hillary Clinton.

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