3 Sep

Map of the Week: Nine Weeks to Polling

by Conor White

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com

The 2020 United States presidential election is only nine weeks away. It is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election. This year’s campaign trail and ultimate election will be like no other, as the country is encompassed in the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Both Democratic and Republican parties have held their national conventions in recent weeks. The 2020 Democratic National Convention was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while the 2020 Republican National Convention was based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The pandemic ultimately downsized both conventions’ sizes with most speeches taking place virtually and remotely from various locations across the United States. Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, ultimately made his acceptance speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, while incumbent Republican president, Donald Trump, accepted his nomination on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.

In order to win the 2020 presidential election, the winning candidate will need at least 270 electoral votes from the United States Electoral College. United States citizens indirectly vote for their preferred candidate to be their president. Voters elect the Electoral College, which in turn, elects the president. 

The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the United States Constitution for the purpose of electing the president and vice president of the United States. There are 538 electoral college votes distributed according to population among the fifty states and the capital, Washington, D.C. California has the most electoral college votes with 55 electors, while Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington D.C., and Wyoming have just 3 electors each. Whichever candidate wins the most votes in each state gets all of the allocated electoral college votes. There is a different system in place in the states of Maine and Nebraska where some electors are voted by the nationwide system and others are voted by the plurality of votes in each congressional district. The United States Electoral College system was designed by the Founding Fathers of America and has remained in place since the birth of the nation. This form of indirect democracy is controversial, however, and some have called for its abolition, as five times in history presidential candidates have won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College. The most recent of these happened in the 2016 presidential election when Hillary Clinton received more votes than Donald Trump, but President Trump won more Electoral College votes.

This 2020 Presidential Election interactive map is from the website 270towin.com and allows users to create their own election forecast. It enables users to create a specific match-up by choosing the Democratic nominee, Biden, or the Republican nominee, Trump on an electoral vote counter for each state. There is also a range of other maps available for viewing based on the nominees’ current position in various polls, as well as Electoral College maps from previous presidential elections.

This presidential election is lining up to be one like no other, given the current global pandemic and relative crises in health and employment. On-the-road campaigning by both candidates is predicted to be scaled back over the next few weeks compared to past presidential election campaigns. But with upcoming debates between nominees, and with many twists and turns expected in the coming weeks, all is to play for between Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the race for the White House.

Click here to create your own election forecast using the interactive map.