US election: Trump making waves toward victory as he wins swing states

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The result of the United States Presidential election keenly contested between the incumbent president and Republican candidate, Donald Trump and Democratic candidate, Joe Biden has begun to trickle in.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday prevailed in the hotly contested Rust Belt state of Ohio – one he seized in 2016 and which is key to his efforts to win reelection over Democratic challenger Joe Biden. He has also defeated Biden in Florida.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads in Montana, and the former vice president now also has a lead in Virginia, according to CNN projections. Biden is also leading in Arizona which has 11 electoral votes.

Biden has captured 16 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital.

Fox News Channel on Tuesday night declared that Democrats would retain control of the House of Representatives, picking up at least five seats.

US President Donald Trump has exuded confidence that he will win the 3 November election by a bigger margin than that of 2016 and urged his supporters to deliver a “thundering” defeat to his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

In his hour-long speech at an election rally in Erie, Trump reiterated that his challenger Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris, if elected, would convert the US into a socialist country.

“It’s time to send a message to these wealthy liberal hypocrites by delivering Joe Biden, sleepy Joe, a thundering defeat on 3rd November. Got to get out and vote,” Trump told his supporters in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Analytically, to win the White House, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes. The incumbent’s best route hinges on winning Florida and Pennsylvania. Biden is laser-focussed on Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Trump has several paths to 270, but his best route hinges on winning Florida and Pennsylvania. If he wins both states and holds onto North Carolina and Arizona, which he narrowly carried in 2016, and also Georgia and Ohio, which he won in 2016 but is now competitive, he will win.

With 29 electoral votes, Florida is arguably the most crucial state for Trump. A loss there would make it nearly impossible for him to retain the White House.

Biden & Trump
Biden & Trump

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has promised supporters “we’re going to win this”, as the race for the White House remains on a knife edge #USElection.

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