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Thin Margins Separate Biden & Trump -- How Did Trump Manage To Get So Many Votes?

Audra Melton for The New York Times
Election personnel counted absentee ballots in Atlanta on Wednesday.

On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the election results. While Joe Biden has broken the record for the most votes ever received by a presidential candidate: more than 72 million and counting, many wonder how Donald Trump managed to get more than 68 million votes, more than he got in 2016.

Biden is still winning the popular vote by more than three million and needs less than two dozen electoral votes to win. We are still waiting on results from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.


Kira Lerner, Managing Editor at Votebeat, a pop-up nonprofit newsroom covering local election administration and voting

Ian Haney Lopez, Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley and author of several books, including Dog Whistle Politicsand Merge Left

Web Resources: 

The New York Times: Presidential Election Results 

The New York Times: Biden Appears to Hold Edge in the Key Votes Left to Be Counted

The AP, Mark Sherman: Trump sues in Pennsylvania, Michigan; asks for Wis. recount 

Slate, Kira Lerner: Elections officials are being thwarted by political interference all over the country.

The Intercept, Aida Chavez & Ryan Grim: Democrats Underperformed Among Voters of Color — Except in Arizona. Here's why

The Washington Post: Black voters could save Biden's campaign once again