2020 United States presidential election (We Won This Election)

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2020 United States presidential election

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538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout 66.6% Increase 6.5 pp

 
Nominee Donald Trump Joe Biden
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Florida Delaware
Running mate Mike Pence Kamala Harris
Electoral vote 289 249
States carried 29 + ME-02 21 + DC + NE-02
Popular vote 75,808,578 79,705,947
Percentage 47.8% 50.3%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Trump/Pence, blue denotes those won by Biden/Harris.

President before election

Donald Trump
Republican

Elected President

Donald Trump
Republican

The 2020 United States presidential election was the 59th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence won a second consecutive term against the Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris in an upset.

Despite declaring victory on Election Night, Trump's victory was not declared by the major news outlets until the night of November 6, when the state of Pennsylvania was called for Donald Trump. Between Election Night and the night of November 6th, Trump hurled accusations of vote rigging and ballot dumping at the Democrats and the media, claiming that mail-in voting was fraudulent, and his allies loudly echoed this sentiment. After his win was projected by most outlets, Trump gave another victory speech and declared that the Democrats had tried and failed to rig the election with zero evidence. In addition to celebrations by Trump and his supporters for his reelection, there were nationwide protests in most major cities against his reelection, most of which were peaceful. Accusations of foreign interference and vote rigging in states such as North Carolina and Georgia were espoused by left-wing media outlets, however this was not echoed by most Democrats. Joe Biden, in a brief concession speech, urged his supporters and his party to "remain peaceful but vigilant" in the next four years of Trump's presidency, though not naming Trump once in his speech.

Michigan was the only state to switch its vote from 2016, flipping from Republican to Democrat, and was only joined by Nebraska's 2nd congressional district as the two electoral flips in the 2020 election. Despite few changes in the electoral map, margins in various states indicated a shifting of swing states. Ohio, having voted for the winning candidate in every election since 1964, was won by Trump by 10 points, as did Iowa, both of which having historic reputations as swing states, were now voting much more Republican than the rest of the country. On the other side, historically Republican Georgia and Texas were much closer than expected, voting for Trump by 2 and 8 points respectively, signifying a shift in voting patterns in both states.

Trump became the first president in history to win two terms without winning the popular vote once, and became the fourth consecutive president to be reelected to a second term, preceded by two-term presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Joe Biden also became the second person to win a majority of the popular vote but failed to win the electoral college, the first one being Samuel J. Tilden in 1876. Trump also became the first president elected from Florida, having changed his residence from New York the year prior.

Results

Close states

States where the margin of victory was under 1%

  • Nevada, 0.39% – 6 electoral votes
  • Michigan, 0.78% – 16 electoral votes
  • Pennsylvania, 0.84% – 20 electoral votes (tipping-point state for Trump victory)

States/districts where the margin of victory was between 1% and 5%

  • Wisconsin, 1.37% – 10 electoral votes
  • Arizona, 1.69% – 11 electoral votes (tipping-point state for Biden victory)
  • Georgia, 1.77% – 11 electoral votes
  • North Carolina, 3.35% – 15 electoral votes
  • Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, 4.50% – 1 electoral vote

States/districts where the margin of victory was between 5% and 10%

  • Minnesota, 5.11% – 10 electoral votes
  • New Hampshire, 5.35% – 4 electoral votes
  • Maine, 7.07% – 2 electoral votes
  • Virginia, 8.11% – 13 electoral votes
  • New Mexico, 8.79% – 5 electoral votes
  • Maine's 2nd congressional district, 9.44% – 1 electoral vote