Happening Now: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in U.S. presidential election

Joe Biden is leading ​Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election.

But that doesn’t guarantee ​the Democratic candidate victory. Hillary Clinton also had a clear lead over Trump in the polls for almost the entire 2016 campaign. She ended up losing in the electoral college.

​Because the presidential ​voting system assigns each state a number of electoral college votes, which​ go to the state’s victor regardless of the​ margin of victory (with the exception of Nebraska and Maine), a handful of swing states will ​probably decide the election and be targeted heavily by campaigners.

To clinch a win, a candidate must clinch at least 270 electoral votes. Democratic candidate, Joe Biden already has 183 electoral votes while Republican Candidate, Donald Trump, has 77 electoral votes.

If no candidate receives a majority of the electoral vote (at least 270), the President is determined by the rules outlined by the Twelfth Amendment.

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