In 2008, Barack Obama earned 69,498,516 votes in the presidential election, the most ever. Now, Mr. Obama’s former vice president, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, has surpassed that tally, with a record 70,470,207 votes (50.3 percent), and counting, in the 2020 election.
Biden is currently leading the popular vote against President Donald Trump, who has collected 67,280,936 votes (48.0 percent) as of Wednesday afternoon. The race for the White House continued to narrow Wednesday, hinging on just a few battleground states that are still too close to call.
With millions of votes not yet counted, it’s possible both candidates will break Mr. Obama’s record, set in the race against Senator John McCain, thanks in large part to record early voter turnout during the coronavirus pandemic.
Winning the popular vote does not secure the election — in 2016,won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes but still lost the election to Mr. Trump. As of midday Wednesday, Biden has collected 227 electoral college votes, and Mr. Trump has 213.