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Monday, November 2, 2020

Guest post #6: Who will win the US presidential election?

 


This post was uploaded on November 2nd, 2020, one day before the US presidential election.

 

Tomorrow, Americans go to the polls to elect a president to serve for the next four years. There are two candidates: Donald Trump for the Republicans and Joe Biden for the Democrats. People vote for one or the other. Whoever gets more votes gets to be President. Simple.


Well, no it isn't. In 2016, Donald Trump got almost three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, but he still got to be President. That could happen again.


Why? How is the US president actually elected?


In our latest guest post, students from the flagship debating school Hackley School in New York have created a video to explain how the electoral college works. Keep this post by you in the early hours of Wednesday morning as the results come in; and you might need it for several days afterwards as an estimated 85 million Americans have voted by post, and these votes may take longer to process.

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