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Which state has not yet been called?

This table shows a calculation of the number of votes remaining in each state where the winner has not yet been announced, and the number of votes that separate the current top candidate from the second-placed party (margin). Taking the two things together suggests how much opportunity there is to change the position in the final calculation.

StateCounting of votes left (approx.)Current marginThe current leader
%Vote
Georgia1%50,000+1,775Trump
Pennsylvania5%349,000+22,389Trump
North Carolina%%348,000+76,701Trump
Nevada1 %%233,000+11,438Biden
Alaska50%191,000+54,610Trump

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How does selection work?

The winner of the election is determined through a system called the Electoral College. In each of the 50 states, Washington DC received a total of 538 votes, with several electoral colleges voting. More populous states get more electoral college votes than fewer voters.

To be a candidate in the election, one has to win 270 Electoral College votes (50% plus one).

With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, the candidate with the most votes in each state wins all of the state’s electoral college votes.

Due to this rule, any candidate can win the election without getting maximum votes at the national level. This happened during the last election, where Donald Trump won the majority of electoral college votes, although more people across America voted for Hillary Clinton.

How are results reported?

The results of the election on this page have been reported by the Associated Press (AP). The AP “calls” the winner in a state when they determine that there is no way for the backward candidate to win. This can happen before a state counts 100% of the vote.

The AP also provides estimates for the total votes in each state. The numbers are updated throughout election night, as more information on voter turnout is available.

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