Former POTUS Barack Obama earned the votes of 66,862,039 people in 2008.
Disclaimer: This is a developing story and the numbers reported in the article are subject to change.
Although the results of the 2020 Presidential elections are still underway, Vice President Joe Biden has already broken the record for receiving the most votes ever by a presidential candidate in the history of the United States. The 77-year-old has received 77,20,71,434 votes from people so far, thus breaking the record set by former POTUS Barack Obama, who earned the votes of 66,862,039 people in 2008, according to The New York Times. Even President Donald Trump did not get that many votes when he ran for office in 2016 and received 62,985,106 votes per The New York Times.
This comes as the United States witnessed the highest voter turnout rate among its eligible citizens in the past 120 years. Such a turnout hasn't been observed since the presidential election in 1908 when Republican William Howard Taft defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan by receiving 65.7% of the votes from the eligible population that had participated. CNBC reported that at least 159.8 million people had cast their ballots this year out of nearly 239.2 million eligible Americans. Back in 2016, the total number of votes stood a little above 136.6 million votes. The mail-in ballot system used this year due to the ongoing pandemic could be the reason that encouraged many people to cast their votes early.
i love seeing tr*mp and his supporters cry. it's my daily medicine, my weekly energy, my monthly inspiration and my yearly motivation. his loss is the only reason i'm still alive, i was born to love and enjoy the failure that he has achieved. pic.twitter.com/XLPtrkPWnw— ferr (@fadelino79) November 4, 2020
With 101.2 million people making their decision ahead of Election Day on November 3 also set some records as well, according to USA Today citing U.S. Elections Project. It accounted for about 43% of the country's estimated 233.7 eligible voters as of 2018. The ballots that were cast this year via mail or in-person before Election Day have more than doubled since 2016. 47 million people cast their votes in 2016 before election day when Trump and Hillary Clinton went head to head for the Presidential seat. Around 138.8 million residents i.e. 60.1% of the eligible voter population had cast their ballots that year.
More than 95 million Americans had cast their votes in the 2020 presidential election by Monday, according to a tally by the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, a harbinger of what is expected to be the highest turnout of modern times. https://t.co/aHOCFXB6Ga— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) November 3, 2020
Biden receiving such a huge number of votes comes as Trump still trails him by over 3 million. As of writing this article, Trump has received 6,85,98,918 votes. Of course, winning the most votes does not guarantee victory, as we have seen in the previous election when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton despite her receiving the popular votes in 2016 by almost 3 million of them. It all came down to electoral votes and Trump surpassed her after receiving almost 80. Likewise, this year a candidate will be announced the winner if he secures 270 electoral college votes. Biden seems to be closing the gap after receiving 264 electoral votes while Trump lags behind at just 214.
Our lawyers have asked for “meaningful access”, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
While Trump is clearly behind, he doesn't seem to be taking it too well. On Tuesday, the POTUS admitted that he does not take too well to losing and demanded wanted to know the results by Election night, according to Daily Mail. "I'm not thinking about a concession speech or acceptance speech yet. Hopefully, we'll be doing only one of those two," he told reporters during his visit to Arlington, Virginia Tuesday afternoon. "And you know, winning is easy," he said. "Losing is never easy. Not for me, it's not." He also claimed that he would be preparing to engage in a legal battle with several states over the results, demanding to know them on Election Night itself despite being aware of the mail-in ballots. Furthermore, he revealed, "We want a big win. Not just a win. A big win." Only time will tell if wins big for losses by a lot.
We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020