The first of the US Presidential elections 2020 results have dropped and Donald Trump has been declared a winner in Kentucky with 8 electoral votes.
He won the state in 2016 by nearly 30 points. He has won in the states of Nebraska, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana.
Meanwhile, Vermont with 3 electoral votes has been called for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He has captured 17 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital.
The latest tally of early voting in the US shows that almost 102 million Americans cast their votes before Election Day, an eye-popping total that represents 73 of the total turnout of the 2016 presidential election.
Biden’s victory in Vermont is on expected lines as Democrats have kept the state in their column since 1992.
Trump’s campaign claimed victory in the must-win state of Florida, though US media said that race was still too close to call. The president’s campaign made the claim in a tweet as ballots were still being counted in the state that holds 29 state-by-state Electoral College votes.
The New York Times put the president’s chances of winning Florida at over 95 percent.
With 29 electoral votes at stake, Florida arguably has the most electoral votes to offer.
On Sunday night, Trump held a rally at Miami’s Opa-Locka Airport, 65 miles south of his Florida residence in Mar-a-Lago. On the other hand, Biden was forced to cancel a trip to the state in March due to the ongoing pandemic. However, he has made four trips to the state since he became the Democratic nominee.
The next occupant to the White House needs to win 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
As per the early trend, Biden has earned 85 and Trump 61 electoral college votes, with results from key battleground states just started trickling in. Biden, as per experts, has multiple paths to victory, with Trump having very little room to maneuver.
President Trump, who is seeking his re-election for the second consecutive term, in a tweet, expressed confidence in the results.
Counting this year has been slowed by the unprecedented use of mail-in ballots in response to fears of the coronavirus. More than 100 million Americans had already cast votes before Election Day.