Paths to US election victory: what Trump and Biden need to win

Paths to US election victory: what Trump and Biden need to win

How the uncounted votes could fall and what that would mean for each of the candidates

Paths to victory remain in the US presidential race for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but Biden has more ways to win and appears to be running stronger state-to-state based on the places – cities, mainly – where large absentee votes have yet to be counted.

Biden leads the electoral tally 238-213. Adding Alaska for Trump – which had not been called but where the result is not in doubt – gives the president 216.

From there, six states remained to be called as Wednesday dawned in the US: Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. A final electoral vote, in the second district of Maine, which splits its electoral votes, could fall for either candidate.

Trump’s paths

The simplest way for Trump to find the 54 electoral votes he needs would be to win Pennsylvania and at least three other states. If he does not win Pennsylvania, Trump must make a clean sweep of all five remaining states to get to 270.