Who is winning the 2020 election? Latest on the historic vote

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JOE Biden has the edge over Donald Trump so far in the US election 2020.

The votes are still being counted as the election comes down the home stretch.

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Joe Biden speaks with supporters

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Joe Biden speaks with supportersCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Who is leading in the election? 

Joe Biden has as an edge as the election result draws ever closer.

He was pushing closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House, securing victories in the “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan and narrowing Trump's path.

GOP poll challengers react after being asked to leave due to room capacity at the TCF Center in Detroit on November 4, 2020

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GOP poll challengers react after being asked to leave due to room capacity at the TCF Center in Detroit on November 4, 2020Credit: Reuters

By most counts Biden has 253 electoral votes.

To reach the magic 270 mark, Trump needed to claim all four remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

Millions of votes have yet to be counted.

It was not clear when a national winner would be determined after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on the economy.

Biden preemptively launched a presidential transition website on Wednesday as he continues to inch closer to victory.

Biden's site, buildbackbetter.com, features only a homepage topped with a profile image of the former vice president against a solid blue backdrop.

President Donald Trump on the campaign trail

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President Donald Trump on the campaign trailCredit: AP:Associated Press

His image faces the words "Biden-Harris Transition."

An unsigned message on the site reads: "The American people will determine who will serve as the next President of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states around the country."

What happened in 2016?

Hillary Clinton won the overall vote, but Donald Trump was elected to the White House.

In effect, this means a handful of swing states will again hold the balance of power.

Due to the electoral system, each state is allocated a number of electoral college votes, which​ go to the state’s victor regardless of the​ margin of victory.

The latest RCP polls show that Trump is edging ahead in some swing states

The latest RCP polls show that Trump is edging ahead in some swing states

What states are remaining?

Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania still need to be decided.

The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would ultimately pull out a victory in Arizona, where votes were also still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous area.

Trump has requested a recount in Wisconsin and is filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

Joe Biden and former US President Barack Obama visit Michigan

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Joe Biden and former US President Barack Obama visit MichiganCredit: Getty Images - Getty

How do US election polls work? 

Polls ahead of the election had Biden doing better than Trump.

Opinions are gauged by conducting a series of questions on the public.

Pollsters put out more than 400 national presidential general election polls, an average of about two per day.

This is mostly done via telephone with computer software generating numbers randomly.

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Did the 2016 US election polls get it right?

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election surprised a lot of people – none more so than many political pollsters.

Most polls correctly predicted a popular vote victory for Hillary Clinton, but overestimated the size of her lead.

The result was that Trump's electoral college victory was a surprise to analysts.

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