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In what is being called the most consequential election of our lifetimes, the result is still uncertain.
As of 4:45 p.m. EST on November 4, the Associated Press is reporting that Georgia, with its 16 electoral votes, North Carolina, with its 15 electoral votes, Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes, Michigan, with its 16 electoral votes, Nevada, with its six electoral votes, and Alaska, with its three electoral votes, are too early to call.
At that same time, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Alaska lean for President Donald Trump (R) while Nevada and Michigan lean for former Vice President Joe Biden (D). Mr. Trump has 214 electoral votes while Biden is leading with 248.
Now, let’s explore what has to happen for either candidate for win.
For a Trump win…
…the President has to win every remaining state, excluding Michigan. That would put Mr. Trump at 271 electoral votes. If Mr. Trump wins Michigan, it is an outright win; pending any recount changes.
For a Biden win…
…the former Vice President has to win Nevada and Michigan. That would put Biden at 270 electoral votes.
Let’s debunk some false news…
No, Wisconsin did not have 100,000 more voters than were registered vote during this election. According to the fact checking site Snopes, the Twitter user pushing the claim was comparing 2018’s registered voter total to 2020’s total vote count.
Yes, Biden did break former President Barack Obama’s popular vote total from 2008. Mr. Obama received 69,498,518 votes in 2008. In 2020, Biden has, so far, received over 70 million, according to Snopes.
This is an active story. The George-Anne will continue to monitor this situation and update the results and analysis.