States of play: key battlegrounds in White House race

The US presidential election will be decided by about a dozen states that could swing to either incumbent President Donald Trump, or Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

These states will play a critical role in delivering the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

Due to a surge in mail voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the states’ varying rules for when ballots can be counted, the results may not be known today.


FLORIDA

Electoral votes: 29

Winner: Trump

Details: A key battleground state. Florida has backed the winning candidate in every election except one since 1992.

TEXAS

Electoral votes: 38

Winner: Trump

Details: Once a Democratic stronghold, Texas has been staunchly Republican since 1980. It’s the second largest state by electoral college vote.

OHIO

Electoral votes: 18

Winner: Trump

Details: Ohio is a key battleground state. No candidate since 1960 has won the Presidency without winning Ohio.

PENNSYLVANIA

Electoral votes: 20

Winner: Still in play

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Details: This state voted Democrat between 1992 and 2012, but Donald Trump claimed a narrow victory in 2016.

WISCONSIN

Electoral votes: 10

Winner: Still in play

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Details: Wisconsin voted Republican for the first time since 1984 in 2016, when Donald Trump narrowly won.

MICHIGAN

Electoral votes: 16

Winner: Still in play

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Details: Donald Trump claimed a narrow victory in Michigan in 2016, which was the first time the state had voted Republican since the 1980s.

GEORGIA

Electoral votes: 16

Winner: Still in play

Rating in presidential contest: Toss-up

Details: The last Democrat to win Georgia was Bill Clinton in 1992, although Republican wins have narrowed in recent years.

NORTH CAROLINA

Electoral votes: 15

Rating in presidential contest: Toss-up

Details: North Carolina has voted Republican in every election since 1980, apart from 2008, when the state was won by Democrat Barack Obama.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Electoral votes: 4

Winner: Biden

Details: This state has voted Democrat in six of the last seven US presidential elections, but it was a close call in 2016.

MINNESOTA

Electoral votes: 10

Winner: Biden

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Details: A Republican has not claimed victory in Minnesota since Richard Nixon in 1972, but Donald Trump only lost by 1.5 percentage points in 2016.

ARIZONA

Electoral votes: 11

Winner: Still in play

Rating in presidential contest: Leaning Democratic

Details: This state has voted Republican in every election except one since 1952.

NEVADA

Electoral votes: 6

Winner: Still in play

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Details: Seven of the last 12 elections have been won by Republicans here, but the Democrats claimed victory in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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