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The closest Presidential elections

Something to remember as we get closer to Election Day: Presidents aren’t elected on the basis of their overall vote total – “the popular vote” – but rather on the number of electoral votes they receive from the states. Five times in U.S. history – including the 2016 – the nation’s top vote-getter didn’t win the election. Here’s a look at the 17 closest presidential elections:

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump fought to defend his sagging reelection bid Friday in a state Republicans haven't lost in nearly three decades. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe Biden pushed to keep voters focused on health care in the Midwest.

Record avalanche of early votes transforms the 2020 election

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

Nearly 21 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes driven both by Democratic enthusiasm and a pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes.

Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states a little more than two weeks before Election Day are the latest worry for election officials and voters fearing chaos or exposure to the virus at polling places despite months of planning.

Despite divisive national politics, Washington’s closest congressional races may turn on who’s more bipartisan

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – Amid an intensely contentious presidential race, polls show American politics are marked by a near-unprecedented division along partisan lines, but the candidates in Washington’s two most closely contested House races are bucking that trend. In the state’s 3rd and 8th congressional districts, Democrats and Republicans alike are highlighting their willingness to work across party lines.

AP-NORC poll: Voters see the nation as fundamentally divided

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

The overwhelming majority of voters believe the nation is deeply divided over its most important values, and many have doubts about the health of the democracy itself. And supporters of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden alike think the opposing candidate will make things even worse if elected, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.