Joe Biden is soaring in popular vote as he has extended his margin over Donald Trump with a staggering 7 million votes.
Biden had won about 81.2 million votes as of Friday December 4th, the most votes a candidate has won in US history. His margin over Trump may continue to grow as several states continue counting votes.
Trump had won about 74.2 million, his vote count makes him the second-highest vote earner in American history.
Trump however also makes history as only US president to lose popular vote twice, having lost to Hillary Clinton and now Joe Biden.
Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by nearly three million votes – 2,868,519 votes to be precise.
It’s however important to note that popular vote doesn’t necessarily guarantee a candidate the presidency in US. George Bush and Trump are among US presidents who lost popular vote in their first terms but went on to win the presidency thanks to lead in electoral college vote.
Biden won 306 electoral votes, while Trump has 232. A minimum of 270 electoral votes are needed for one to become president.
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Trump continues to make false claims about widespread voter fraud with no evidence and attempting to undermine the democratic process. Judges have repeatedly dismissed flimsy lawsuits claiming fraud, pointing out no proof.
The president and his allies have been attempting to cast doubt on the entire voting process and has refused to concede defeat.
Vote counting is still continuing in some states. Most Americans, especially Democrats, voted by mail in record numbers this year to protect themselves from the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts had warned that as a result, there would be a lengthy vote count that would likely not resolve until weeks after Election Day.
A number of key battleground states have however certified their election results, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan.