Election day is here. Donald Trump and Joe Biden need 270 electoral college votes to be the next US president.

Biden is leading in the polls but the country’s unique voting system means the election could be decided in a few key battleground states.

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Early voting fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic and a bitter campaign means turnout is on course to easily beat 2016.

Scroll past this results map for key updates.

Turnout in the United States could be record high

Many are wondering if the turnout will be higher in 2020 than in 2016. Some 102 million Americans voted early — a record total that represents 73% of the total turnout of the 2016 presidential election. There were some long lines on election day and millions of Americans also voted by mail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains to be seen if turnout is higher than four years ago.[contfnewc]

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The first two states have been called in the US election.

These states were predicted to go to both candidates due to an established political trend either Republican or Democratic in those states. The calls are based on polling in those states, early voting statistics and an expectation of how the states will vote.

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