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Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States
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Which states haven’t been called yet?
This table shows an estimate for the amount of votes remaining to be counted in each state where the winner is not yet known, and the number of votes separating the current leading candidate from the second-placed party (the margin). Taken together the two things suggest how much scope there is for the positions to change in the final count.

State Votes left to count (est.) Current margin Current leader
% votes
Georgia 1% <50,000 7,248 Biden
North Carolina 1% <50,000 75,397 Trump
Alaska 50% <200,000 54,610 Trump
Key states to watch
The race for the presidency is usually decided in a small number of key battleground states that switch party allegiance between elections.


16 electoral college votes
Est. vote count 99%
Polls closed 4 days ago
Candidate Votes Percent
Joe Biden 2,461,455 49.5%
Donald Trump 2,454,207 49.3%
Jo Jorgensen 61,792 1.2%
Why does it matter?
Long a Republican stronghold, southern Georgia has recently become more of a battleground state due to its growing black electorate. In the 2018 governor’s election, Republican Brian Kemp defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by just 1.4 percentage points.

North Carolina
15 electoral college votes
Est. vote count 99%
Polls closed 4 days ago
Candidate Votes Percent
Donald Trump 2,733,564 50.1%
Joe Biden 2,658,167 48.7%
Jo Jorgensen 47,332 0.9%
Why does it matter?
Historically Republican-leaning, North Carolina has become increasingly competitive in recent years. The state’s recent voting patterns mirror a national trend towards more polarisation, with cities swinging further towards the Democrats and rural areas towards the Republicans.

29 electoral college votes
Est. vote count 99%
Winner called 4 days ago
Candidate Votes Percent
Donald Trump 5,658,847 51.2%
Joe Biden 5,284,453 47.9%
Jo Jorgensen 70,046 0.6%
Why does it matter?
Florida has voted with the eventual winner in all but one presidential election since 1964. It is also the swing state with the largest population and the most electoral college votes.

16 electoral college votes
Est. vote count 99%
Winner called 3 days ago
Candidate Votes Percent
Joe Biden 2,790,648 50.6%
Donald Trump 2,644,525 47.9%
Jo Jorgensen 60,287 1.1%
Why does it matter?
Trump won Michigan by just 0.2 percentage points in 2016 – the narrowest margin of any state. In the six elections prior, the state consistently voted Democratic.

More key states
How does the election work?
The winner of the election is determined through a system called the electoral college. Each of the 50 states, plus Washington DC, is given a number of electoral college votes, adding up to a total of 538 votes. More populous states get more electoral college votes than smaller ones.

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

In every state except two – Maine and Nebraska – the candidate that gets the most votes wins all of the state’s electoral college votes.

Due to these rules, a candidate can win the election without getting the most votes at the national level. This happened at the last election, in which Donald Trump won a majority of electoral college votes although more people voted for Hillary Clinton across the US.

How are the results reported?
The election results on this page are reported by the Associated Press (AP). AP “call” the winner in a state when they determine that the trailing candidate has no path to victory. This can happen before 100% of votes in a state have been counted.

Estimates for the total vote in each state are also provided by AP. The numbers update throughout election night, as more data on voter turnout becomes available.

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