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#USElections2020 Part 1: “United States Election holds Today, the 3rd of November, 2020” – Here’s All You Need To Know About How The Winner Will Emerge.2 min read

US Election 2020! The United States of America’s political system is dominated by just two (2) parties, so the President always belongs to one of them.

The Republicans are the conservative political party in the US and their candidate in this year’s election is President Donald Trump, who is hoping to secure another four (4) years in power.


READ ALSO: US election 2016 result: Trump beats Clinton to take White House



2. The  are the liberal political party in the US and their candidate is Joe Biden, an experienced politician best-known for serving as Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years.


Both men are in their 70s – Mr Trump would be 74 years old at the start of his second term, while at 78, Mr Biden would be the oldest first-term president in history.


How is the winner decided?

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Both candidates compete to win  votes.

Each state gets a certain number of electoral college votes partly based on its population and there are a total of 538 up for grabs, so the winner is the candidate that wins 270 or more.

This means voters decide state-level contests rather than the national one, which is why it’s possible for a candidate to win the most votes nationally – like  did in 2016 – but still be defeated by the electoral college.


 READ MORE: US election 2020: What is the electoral college?


Graphic: A map of the US showing how many electoral college votes are allocated to each state

All but two states have a winner-takes-all rule, so whichever candidate wins the highest number of votes is awarded all of the state’s electoral college votes.

Most states lean heavily towards one party or the other, so the focus is usually on a dozen or so states where either of them could win. These are known as the .


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