On Tuesday, as New York began recording more results from New York City, President Donald Trump's share of the U.S. vote dropped below 47 percent — a barrier he also failed to crack in 2016, although in that election he had stronger third-party candidates that may well have siphoned votes from him.
Breaking: Donald Trump's share of the U.S. vote just fell to 46.9%. He's now failed to crack 47% in either of his r… https://t.co/CeYI7jFlrK— Dave Wasserman (@Dave Wasserman)1606864518.0
Indeed, President-elect Joe Biden is on track to win the highest percent of eligible voters in half a century, and the highest portion of the total vote since Franklin Roosevelt's first win in 1932.
And yet, as NBC News reporter Sahil Kapur noted, the electoral college was much closer than the popular vote. Biden carried the "tipping points" — the closest states and districts that would have given Trump the election had they gone the other way — by a grand total of 70,000 votes.
As certified by each state, Joe Biden’s victory margins in... Arizona: 10,457 Georgia: 12,670 Wisconsin: 20,565 Ne… https://t.co/mAqtkDpbeT— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)1606867795.0
Staggering fact: Joe Biden is leading Donald Trump by nearly 6.9 million in the popular vote but his Electoral Coll… https://t.co/6theWoi3oz— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)1606867929.0
The upshot is that although Biden's victory was overwhelming, the electoral college was heavily tilted towards Republicans — and it would have taken only a trivial shift in the the nationwide popular vote for Trump to have won a second term.