How America voted

Written by on November 11, 2020

Final week, the USA elected former Vice President Joe Biden as its subsequent commander in chief. Although votes will continue to trickle in over the subsequent week as mail-in and provisional ballots are tallied, here is a primary take a look at how the nation voted on this 12 months’s presidential election:

Most of America is purple

Whereas a map with counties coloured both pink or blue can clearly present which candidate received every county, it would not inform the entire story. Many counties voted overwhelmingly for Biden or for President Donald Trump, however a lot of America fell someplace within the center. Fewer than 600 out of about 3,000 counties, not together with Alaska, voted over 80% for both candidate.

Faucet or hover over every county to discover the map.

Land would not vote, individuals do

There are much more individuals in some counties than in others, and the important thing to a candidate’s victory is the margin of votes they win by in every state. Though some ballots are nonetheless being counted, Biden has received the favored vote by a minimum of 4.Four million votes.

The map beneath exhibits circles sized based on the variety of votes separating the candidates in every county, coloured pink or blue relying on the candidate who received there. Trump received by small numbers of votes in lots of counties, whereas Biden received by a lot bigger vote margins in fewer counties.

Voters turned out in document numbers

This 12 months, practically 150 million individuals forged a poll and according to the U.S. Elections Project, we are on track to see the highest voter turnout for a presidential election in over a century. Most counties in America noticed increased turnout than in 2016, together with many within the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

In some counties, like many in New York and California, the variety of votes forged seems to have fallen. Nevertheless, this will change as these locations have been slower to finish counting ballots and the numbers will proceed to climb within the coming days.

How counties shifted from 2016

In 2016, one of many keys to Trump’s victory was increasing the share of Republican votes in lots of counties throughout the U.S., notably within the Midwest. The shift from 2016 to 2020 exhibits a way more complicated image. Whereas many locations continued to indicate development within the Republican share of votes, others reversed course and shifted again towards Democrats, notably in key battleground states corresponding to Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Karina Zaiets, Dan Keemahill, Kevin Crowe and Dian Zhang contributed to this report.


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