Election 2020 Biden

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he puts on a face mask during a drive-in rally at Lexington Technology Park, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has won more overall votes than any presidential candidate in U.S. history, surpassing the record set by Barack Obama in 2008.

The Democratic presidential nominee received more than 71 million votes — more than Obama’s high of about 69.5 million from 12 years ago.

As of Wednesday night, Biden held a popular vote advantage of more than 3 million votes over President Donald Trump. But with millions of ballots yet to be counted, Trump’s final vote tally is likely to exceed Obama’s previous record as well.

The Associated Press has yet to call a winner in the presidential race, as several key states, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia, are too early to call. Votes are still being counted in many places.

With the coronavirus pandemic raging, many states eased rules on voting by mail and millions of Americans cast ballots that way. That helped increase overall voter participation, but also slowed tabulation since absentee ballots often take longer to process than those cast in person.

 

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