Election 2020: US tallies 100m early votes as turnout heads to new record

Election 2020: US tallies 100m early votes as turnout heads to new record

Trump and Biden teams both claim high participation will push their candidate to victory

More than 100m Americans cast their ballots before election day, shattering previous records for early voting and putting the country on track for its highest voter participation rate in more than a century.

The mail-in and early ballot total, tallied on Tuesday by the US Elections Project, is equivalent to almost 73 per cent of the entire 2016 vote and means far fewer votes were up for grabs as Americans streamed to the polls on election day.

The campaigns of President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden both claimed the heavy turnout would help their candidate. Mr Trump told aides at his campaign headquarters in Northern Virginia that early tallies in Texas and Arizona were “looking really very strong”.

“Winning is easy,” Mr Trump added. “Losing is never easy. Not for me.”

Campaigning in Philadelphia, Mr Biden thanked supporters for the “incredible” turnout. “We’re going to have more people vote this year than any time in American history,” he said, speaking through a megaphone.