USA Elections 2020 results in Ohio: who has won the popular and college vote?

The presidential election results for the Buckeye State, as Donald Trump and Joe Biden fought for the 18 electoral college votes.

USA Elections 2020 results in Ohio: who has won the popular and college vote?

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The results in the presidential election for the battleground state of Ohio have been called for Trump. Candidate Biden made a big advertising push in the Buckeye State hoping to win the 18 electoral college votes but, in the end, it was all for naught.

Ohio popular vote result

As of 4:45 p.m. ET, the reporting stood at 96%, according to AP, with the following standings:

Donald Trump: 53.4% - 3,074,418

Joe Biden: 45,2% - 2,603,731

Current Trump lead: 470,687

Ohio electoral college result

Trump will now take the 18 electoral college votes available from the state of Ohio. In 2016, Trump took Ohio with 52% of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 43.5%.

The popular vote tallies were Trump: 2,771,984, Clinton: 2,371,001.

Ohio early voting

Ohio saw a significant amount of early voting, with some three million votes being cast prior to today's polling. That's over 53% of the 2016 turnout.

Importance of Ohio for Trump

Ohio was important for Trump to win with its 18 electoral votes in order to counter Joe Biden’s strength in other swing states as the election reached its end. The rust belt which had previously been a stronghold of the Democrat party but Trump’s message of “drain the swamp” resonated there.

Ohio has been a bellwether for choosing the winning candidate of every presidential election since 1944 with only one hiccup in 1960 when the state went for Richard Nixon. As the ballot counting continues, we’ll have to see if Ohioans will notch one more up for their record.