On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President. Their challenge will be to lead a nation of well stirred purple states representing a mix of views on how to forge the best future.
The 2020 election had the highest voter turnout in any U.S. Presidential Election: over 156 million votes were cast, according to NPR. Biden received nearly 81.3 million votes, or 51.3% of all votes cast — a record, and 7 million more votes than Donald Trump. Biden won the election with a final tally of 306 electoral votes, as compared to 232 for Trump.
The states were truly purple, not blue or red
While Biden won the most total votes of any candidate in history, Trump won the second most votes of any candidate in history. In most states, the difference in the vote spanned only 4 to 25 percentage points. In eight states the difference in the vote was less than 1% to 3%. Explore the map of this "purple haze" of voting and download a free printable version below.