Joe Biden defeated President Trump to become the next President of the United States. And he got the most votes of anyone who ever ran for the US presidency.
With more than 74 million votes so far, Biden has broken the record previously set by President Barack Obama. He received around 69.5 million votes in 2008 to win. The number of 74 million gave Biden 50 percent of the popular vote on Friday morning with President Trump taking 48 percent. Trump has now also passed the 70 million mark.
The 2020 election is well on the way to a record turnout of at least 159.8 million Americans, according to NBC. This is the highest voter turnout among eligible voters since 1900. This has strengthened both candidates. President Trump also appears to be breaking Obama’s record, gaining more than 69.8 million votes on Friday morning.
Both parties will certainly analyze the meaning of Tuesday’s results in the days and weeks ahead, but one thing is clear: even amid a pandemic, American voters came out in unprecedented numbers to have their voices heard.
Biden paid tribute to this fact in a speech to the American people on Wednesday. “Yesterday it was shown again that democracy is the heartbeat of this nation,” he said. “The people rule here. Power cannot be taken or asserted. It flows from the people and it is their will that determines who will be President of the United States and their will alone. “
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