Who is winning the 2020 US election?

JOE Biden is on the verge of an election victory after overtaking Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.

The Democrat looks set to win the 20 electoral votes from the state – making him the 46th President of the United States.

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Who is winning the US election? 

Joe Biden is pushing closer to the 270 electoral college votes needed to propel him into the White House, after securing victories in the “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan and narrowing Trump's path.

By most counts Biden has 253 electoral votes.

To reach the magic 270 mark, Trump needed to claim all four remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

Joe Biden has fought back a deficit of nearly 1million votes in Pennsylvania after a massive surge in mail-in ballots which Trump branded "fraudulent" and demanded counting be stopped.

A victory in Pennsylvania would put Biden over the magical 270 electoral college ending Trump's four-year tenure in the White House.

It was not clear when a national winner would be determined after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on the economy.

Biden preemptively launched a presidential transition website on Wednesday November 4 as he continues to inch closer to victory.

Biden's site, buildbackbetter.com, features only a homepage topped with a profile image of the former vice president against a solid blue backdrop.

His image faces the words "Biden-Harris Transition."

An unsigned message on the site reads: "The American people will determine who will serve as the next President of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states around the country."

What states are remaining?

Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania still need to be decided.

The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would ultimately pull out a victory in Arizona, where votes were also still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous area.

Trump has requested a recount in Wisconsin and is filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

How do US election polls work? 

Polls ahead of the election had Biden doing better than Trump.

Opinions are gauged by conducting a series of questions on the public.

Pollsters put out more than 400 national presidential general election polls, an average of about two per day.

This is mostly done via telephone with computer software generating numbers randomly.

What happened in 2016?

Hillary Clinton won the overall vote, but Donald Trump was elected to the White House.

In effect, this means a handful of swing states will again hold the balance of power.

Due to the electoral system, each state is allocated a number of electoral college votes, which​ go to the state’s victor regardless of the​ margin of victory.

Did the 2016 US election polls get it right?

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election surprised a lot of people – none more so than many political pollsters.

Most polls correctly predicted a popular vote victory for Hillary Clinton, but overestimated the size of her lead.

The result was that Trump's electoral college victory was a surprise to analysts.

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