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Biden surpasses Obama’s popular vote total in 2008 (with asterisks).

As the outcome of the presidential race remains undecided, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has marked a clear milestone: he garnered more votes than his former vice presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, to set a new popular vote record. .

Powered by the huge turnout, Mr. Biden received more than 70,300,000 votes nationwide, surpassing the 69,498,516 garnered by Mr. Obama in another year with enormous enthusiasm from voters who held the record until ‘to this year.

Democrats are likely to cite vote totals as proof that they continue to represent the majority of the country in presidential elections. They have won the popular vote in every presidential election since 2000, with the exception of 2004.

But there are a few caveats: the country’s population has grown since 2008 from 304 million to over 330 million people in 2020.

This means that Mr. Obama received the votes of a larger percentage of Americans – around 23 percent, compared to 21 percent for Mr. Biden. Mr. Obama also attracted a higher percentage of registered voters nationwide, 48 percent versus 45 percent for Mr. Biden.

While Mr. Obama was won by a clear majority of the popular vote, Mr. Biden, who served two terms as vice president, is on track for a narrower margin in national results, reflecting an electorate more divided, said Rogers Smith. , professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania

“This was an extraordinary election that appears to have garnered one of the highest voter turnouts in a century,” he said. “This means that the two candidates will receive a larger total of votes than in the past.”