As ballots continue to be tabulated in several states in the nation, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is the first presidential candidate to receive over 75 million votes.
By Friday night Biden had received 75,088,495 votes, according to data from The Cook Political Report. The former vice president has already surpassed the record set by Barack Obama, who received the most votes for a presidential candidate. Obama received 69,498,516 votes in the 2008 elections – a figure that Biden passed on Wednesday evening.
This year’s presidential election saw record voter turnout. The Washington Post predicts that the turnout will be the highest since 1900, when 73.7 percent of eligible Americans cast their vote.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to increased access to the ballot box and a rise in the number of postal votes. Voters who cast their ballots in person reportedly waited in long lines for hours in states like Texas and Georgia.
Biden is currently leading the referendum on President Donald Trump, who has 70,523,733 votes.
The race continues to intensify, with only a few states still too close to call three days after election day. But new polls strongly favor Biden.
Now that the election workers are counting the absentee ballots, Biden has increased his lead in key theaters of war such as Georgia and Pennsylvania. Trump has gained in Arizona, but is still behind his opponent with 30,000 votes.
Winning the referendum does not always secure the presidency. Four years ago, Democrat Hillary Clinton won the plebiscite with nearly 3 million votes, but still lost the election to Trump in Electoral College.
In 2016, Trump garnered 62,984,828 votes, or about 46 percent of the popular vote – the fourth highest number of votes a presidential candidate has received before this year’s election.
While many news organizations and the Biden campaign have refrained from naming a winner, the former vice president planned to give a speech on the state of the election results on Friday evening.
Trump, meanwhile, addressed the nation on Thursday night, accusing the election of having been “stolen” by electoral fraud without proof.
“I tell you, I have been talking to all of you about this for many months. I said emphatically that the postal vote would end up being a disaster. Small, very simple elections were catastrophic. This is a big version, and it is getting worse and worse every day,” said Trump of the White House.
Washington Newsday reached out to the Biden campaign for comment, but did not hear a response before the release….