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US election: the states Donald Trump and Joe Biden need to win to take the White House

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US election: the states Donald Trump and Joe Biden need to win to take the White House


US voters are heading to the polls on Tuesday as the presidential election race nears the finishing line.

The winner of the hard-fought contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is unlikely to be declared on the night, owing to the high number of Americans voting via postal ballots as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But we could get a good indication of who is going to take the White House if a number of key states are won with a large enough margin. Here are the key battleground states to keep an eye on.

Electoral maths

In order to win the keys to the Oval Office, Democratic candidate Biden needs to secure 38 electoral votes more than the 232 that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. 



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