US election: Joe Biden breaks record for number of votes cast by a candidate for the White House

Joe Biden does better than Barack Obama. The Democratic candidate for the White House became, Wednesday, November 4, the candidate with the most votes in a US presidential election. At 5:30 p.m. Washington time (11:30 p.m. Paris time), as the count continued, he had already obtained 71 million votes, against 68 million for Donald Trump, according to the AP agency. The previous record was set by Barack Obama in 2008 with 69.5 million votes, recalls the site of public radio NPR (in English).

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“Senator Harris and I are well on our way to winning more votes than any other ‘ticket’ in the history of this country.”, welcomed Joe Biden, while never so many Americans have participated in the presidential election (160 million voters, or a participation rate of 66.9%, according to the US Elections Project).

“It is particularly important to me that we have won a majority of (votes of) Americans”, he continued, even if winning the popular vote is no guarantee of victory in the United States.

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