How the final 2020 Electoral College map compares to 2016

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On November 14, the final puzzle piece of the 2020 presidential map was set.

Once President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner in Georgia, based on a projection by Decision Desk HQ and Insider, the final Electoral College tally in the presidential election stood at 306 electoral votes for Biden and 232 electoral votes for President Donald Trump. Biden is well over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to secure the presidency.

As of November 17, Biden leads in the national popular vote by a 51% to 47% margin, or by 4 percentage points. So far, Biden has earned 78,729,579 votes, compared to Trump’s 73,126,938 votes, with outstanding ballots still being counted in several states, including California and New York. 

Biden’s raw vote lead is currently just under 6 million votes.

While the 2016 presidential map reflects Democratic dominance on the East and West coasts and Republican strength across the interior of the country, the 2020 map shows how Biden made significant inroads in every region of the country.

Here are some key differences between the 2016 presidential race between Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and this year’s election between Trump and Biden:

The 2020 Electoral College total is the inverse of the 2016 results

Biden’s 306 electoral votes and Trump’s 232 electoral votes are the exact inverse of the 2016 presidential election, when Trump received 306 electoral votes to 232 electoral votes for Clinton.

The final 2016 presidential map reflects 304 electoral votes for Trump and 227 electoral votes for Clinton because both candidates lost two and five electoral votes, respectively, due to faithless electors.

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Faithless electors are members of the Electoral College who vote against the state or district’s popular vote winner. For Clinton, there were four faithless electors in Washington State and one faithless elector in Hawaii, while Trump had two faithless electors in Texas. Before 2016, the last time that there were any faithless electors was the 2004 presidential election between then-President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

This year, members of the Electoral College, who have already been picked by the states and Washington DC, will meet on December 14 to cast their votes for the winner of each state or district.

Biden flipped 5 states that Trump won in 2016

Throughout the presidential campaign, Biden focused on restoring the “blue wall,” the collection of states that had voted for every Democratic presidential nominee from 1992 to 2012, while also competing in the Sun Belt, which included the key states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

Biden was successful in not only flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, but he also carried Arizona (49.4%-49.1%) and Georgia (49.5%-49.2%). However, he came up short in Florida (48%-51%) and Texas (46%-52%).

Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes, was a critical battleground for both Biden and Trump. The president narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2016, but Biden carried the state this year by performing strongly in Philadelphia and its suburbs, along with Pittsburgh and the northeastern region of the state.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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