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- Voting in the 2020 presidential election between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden ends in eight days on November 3.
- In addition to the key presidential battleground states, there are hundreds of important US Senate and House races that will decide the balance of power in Washington, DC, for years to come.
- Insider has created individual race guides with information about the candidates, issues, and the state of the race for 115 of the most competitive congressional elections.
Voting in the 2020 election is ending in just eight days , and more than 50 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
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The race for the presidency between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is zeroing in on a number of battleground states key in both candidates' quests to win. They'll be battling for the popular vote, but the real election decider is the electoral college.
In the electoral college system, states are allocated a number of electors equal to how many representatives they have in Congress. Presidential candidates must earn 270 electoral college votes or more to win the election. All states except for Maine and Nebraska use a winner-take-all system in which the candidate who wins the most votes earns all of the state's electoral college votes.
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When can we expect the presidential election results
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, but
Election results are never truly finalized on election night, but in most past years, enough of the results have come in on election night for big news networks and outlets to call the winner of the race.
But because of the increase in Americans casting mail ballots, which take longer to process and count than in-person votes and can arrive after Election Day in many states, the outcome of the presidential race and other key down-ballot races may not be called on election night itself.
Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and North Carolina, which all allow a substantial amount of pre-processing and counting of mail ballots, are expected to report a substantial amount of their results on election night.
But the key swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin,, will count the bulk of their mail-in ballots on or after Election Day.
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Officials will work hard to process ballots in an accurate and efficient manner, but races in those states may take a little longer to call.
Swing states to watch
Here's what you need to know about the top 10 swing states most likely to decide the election, including what the polls say and how the top election experts and handicappers at, , and rate Trump and Biden's chances of winning each state.
There are six states on the map — Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — that flipped from voting for President Barack Obama in 2012 to vote for Trump in 2016.
- Arizona accounts for 11 votes in the electoral college. It's rated as "tilts Democratic" by
, and "leans Democratic" by and
- In 2016, Trump carried the state over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In FiveThirtyEight's , Biden leads Trump by 3.5 points.
- Florida accounts for 29 votes in the electoral college. It's rated as a "toss-up" in the electoral college by
and , meaning it has about an equal chance of voting for either Trump or Biden, and is rated as "tilts Democratic" by
- In 2016, Trump carried the state by . In FiveThirtyEight's , Biden leads Trump by 3.7 points.
- Georgia accounts for 16 votes in the electoral college. It's rated as a "toss-up" in the electoral college by
, and .
- In 2016, Trump won Georgia In FiveThirtyEight's average of 2020 polls in Georgia, in the state.
- Iowa accounts for six votes in the electoral college. It's rated as a "toss-up" in the electoral college by
and and "tilts Republican" by
- In 2016, Trump won Iowa by a margin of 9.4 percentage points over Clinton. , Biden leads Trump by one percentage point.
- Michigan accounts for 16 votes in the electoral college. It's rated as "leans Democratic" in the electoral college by
, , and .
- In 2016, Trump carried Michigan by a margin of 0.3 percentage points over Clinton. In FiveThirtyEight's , Biden leads Trump by 7.5 percentage points.
- North Carolina accounts for 15 votes in the electoral college. It's rated as a "toss-up" in the electoral college by
- In 2016, Trump carried North Carolina by a margin of 3.6 percentage points over Clinton. In FiveThirtyEight's , Biden leads Trump by 2.9 percentage points.
- Ohio accounts for 18 electoral college votes. It's rated as a "toss-up" in the electoral college by
- In 2016, Trump carried Ohio by a margin of 8.1 percentage points over Clinton. In FiveThirtyEight's , Trump leads Biden by one percentage point.
- Pennsylvania accounts for 20 electoral college votes. It's rated as "leans Democratic" in the electoral college by
, and .
- In 2016, Trump carried Pennsylvania by a margin of 0.7 percentage points over Clinton. In Biden leads Trump by 6.2 percentage points.
- Texas accounts for 38 electoral college votes. It's rated as "tilts Republican" by
and "leans Republican" by and .
- In 2016, Trump carried Texas by a margin of nine percentage points over Clinton. In FiveThirtyEight's , Trump leads Biden by a margin of 0.5 percentage points on average.
- Wisconsin accounts for 10 electoral college votes. It's rated as "leans Democratic" in the electoral college by
- In 2016, Trump carried Wisconsin by a margin of 0.7 percentage points over Clinton. In , Biden leads Trump by 6.6 percentage points.
Nebraska's and Maine's 2nd Congressional Districts also account for one electoral college vote each.
Where Biden and Trump stand in the polls 1 day out from Election Day
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are neck-and-neck in the polls in crucial battleground states like Texas and Ohio. Biden has solid leads over Trump in key states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's election eve in the US and former Vice President Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in the national polls. Biden also has leads over Trump in a number of key battleground states, but the candidates are neck-and-neck in crucial states like Texas and Ohio.The former vice president has an 8.
Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District is rated as "leans Democratic" in the electoral college by, and Trump carried the 2nd District by a margin of 2.2 percentage points in the 2016 election,
Maine's 2nd Congressional District is rated as a "toss-up" in the electoral college by, and Trump carried Maine's 2nd District by a margin of 10 percentage points in the 2016 election,
Battleground congressional races to watch
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