Us Democratic candidate Joe Biden is breaking new grounds as he has becomes the presidential candidate to receive the most votes in a US election in history – with many ballots yet to be counted.
The former US Vice-president current tally of 69,759,833 surpasses the 69,498,516 amassed by Barack Obama in 2008, the previous record.
The total is already more than 3.9 million higher than the number of votes secured by Hillary Clinton in 2016 when she won the popular vote but lost the presidency to Donald Trump.
Trump’s total so far – 67,160,663 – is also more than he polled in 2016, and more than Obama polled in 2012. It places Trump third on the all-time list.
It is an indication of how high turnout has been, with more than 100 million Americans casting their ballots early.
Despite Biden’s achievement, the election remains too close to call due to the electoral college system. Both campaigns say they believe that their candidate will ultimately end up in the White House.
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