Biden ahead in electoral votes at 238, Trump at 210: US media

US Presidential Polls

Biden ahead in electoral votes at 238, Trump at 210: US media


Published: 10:00 4 November 2020   Updated: 14:42 4 November 2020

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

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President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling it out for the White House, with polls gradually closing across the United States on Tuesday, as a result, the country people including the world are waiting for publishing the results. 

According to AFP, the first results are trickling in, with US media projecting wins for the Republican incumbent so far in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia — all states he won in 2016.

Biden has captured Connecticut, his home state of Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and New Jersey, as well as the three electoral votes given to the US capital Washington (District of Columbia). All were won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

So far, that gives Biden 238 electoral votes and Trump 210 – where the magic number is 270. Observers expect the hotly contested race for the White House to come down to a handful of key battleground states.

Meanwhile, the two major teams are now eyeing other important states, such as Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina. Florida is now seen as the most important as there are 29 electoral votes in the state. Donald Trump won this state in 2016.

Trump is ahead of Biden in Indiana, Arkansas. Biden, on the other hand, leads Trump in electoral college votes in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland.

Trump can win in Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, Utah, Louisiana, Indiana, North Dakota, South Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia, according to BBC projections.

On the other hand, Joe Biden is likely to win in Delaware, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington DC.

According to a Booth Return poll, 57 percent of women voters voted for Joe Biden and 42 percent for Trump. Besides, Biden received 87 percent of black voters and 64 percent of those under 29.

Source: AFP, Fox News