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US election 2020: Why don't we know the result yet?

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BBC News

Okay, so who is going to be the next president?

We don't know, because not enough votes have been counted yet for either Donald Trump or Joe Biden to claim victory.

In fact, because of the time it takes to count the huge number of postal votes cast during this pandemic election, it could take days.

And if there are legal challenges to the results, it might even take weeks. This could get tricky.

Not even a hint?

To become president, you don't actually need to win the popular vote. Instead, a candidate has to win the majority in a system called the electoral college, where each state gets a certain number of votes or "electors" roughly in proportion to its population.

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