JOE Biden appears to be track to receive 80 million votes in the 2020 race for president and has crushed the record for most votes received by a presidential candidate.
⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updatesJoe Biden is on track to win 80million popular votes in the 2020 presidential electionCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Democratic nominee has amassed more than 70million votes, or about 50 percent of the popular voteCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Statistics whiz Nate Silver predicted early Wednesday morning that the former vice president would likely win 52 percent of the popular vote, or about 80million votes based on a turnout of 155million ballots.
He estimated that Donald Trump would get about 73-75 million votes, placing both presidential candidates as the top two popular vote totals in US history.
It probably works out to Biden getting 52-ish percent of the popular vote on a turnout of 155 million-ish votes, which would be around 80 million. Trump might get say 73-75 million. Likely the top two popular vote totals in US history, both surpassing Obama '08.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 4, 2020
Biden is currently leading the popular vote against Trump, who has 68,508,167 votes, or about 48 percent of the popular vote, and counting as of Thursday morning.
But winning the popular vote won't necessarily secure the election.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3million votes in 2016, but still lost the election to Trump.
As of midday Thursday, Biden has 253 Electoral College votes while Trump has 213 - the first to reach 270 wins the presidency.The White House was fenced off on Thursday as votes across the country continue to be talliedCredit: AP:Associated Press Protesters have taken to the streets of Washington DC to demand that all election votes be countedCredit: AP:Associated Press A passenger in a car holds a sign that says 'COUNT THE VOTES!'Credit: AFP or licensors Trump remains holed up in the White House as votes continue to be talliedCredit: Getty - Pool
The White House was walled up with huge barriers on Thursday following protests over the election at the president's doorstep in Washington DC.
As Trump sat inside waiting for results, protesters with ShutDown DC took to the streets and called for all election votes to be counted.
Demonstrators held signs that read things like "YOU WILL NOT SILENCE US" and "OUR TIME TO RISE."
Marchers held a large banner that read: "THIS IS A DEMOCRACY ACT LIKE IT."Demonstrators are seen on the streets of DC protesting near the White HouseCredit: AFP or licensors Marchers hold a banner that reads 'THIS IS A DEMOCRACY ACT LIKE IT'Credit: AFP or licensors A bicyclist wears a sign calling for every vote to be countedCredit: AFP or licensors
Trump falsely declared victory when giving a speech from the White House East Room early Wednesday morning while millions of ballots remained uncounted.
Despite leading in key battleground states on election night, Biden edged Trump in states including Michigan and Wisconsin.
The late leads put Biden even closer to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.
Biden campaign team say they're 'very optimistic' as election race tightens in several key states