America's Choice of a New President Shows a Purple Haze of States
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 democracy at work.
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