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2020 US Election Results: Joe Biden Defeats Donald Trump and Wins the Presidency | US News

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Joe Biden was elected the forty-sixth President of the United States

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How are elections conducted?

The winner in an election is determined through a system called the Electoral College. Each of the 50 states, plus Washington, DC, is awarded a number of electoral college votes, for a total of 538 votes. More populous states get more constituencies than smaller states.

A candidate needs to win 270 Electoral College votes (50% plus one) to win the election.

In every state except for two – Maine and Nebraska – the candidate with the most votes wins all of the state’s Electoral College votes.

According to these rules, a candidate can win elections without obtaining the largest number of votes nationwide. This happened in the recent election, in which Donald Trump won the majority of the electoral college votes despite more people voting for Hillary Clinton across the United States.

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