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United States presidential election, 2016
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2012 ← November 8, 2016 → 2020

538 electoral votes of the Electoral College

270 electoral votes needed to win

Turnout 54.6% (voting eligible)
Joe Biden Official Portrait Crop Rand Paul Portrait
Nominee Joe Biden Rand Paul
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Delaware Kentucky
Running mate Mark Warner Bill Johnson
Electoral vote 281 257
States carried 23 + DC 27
Popular vote 64,810,197 62,597,800
Percentage 49.8% 48.1%

2016 Electoral Map (CS)

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Biden/Warner, Red denotes those won by Paul/Johnson. Numbers indicate electoral votes allotted to the winner of each state.

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Joe Biden
Democratic

The United States presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Democratic nominee, incumbent Vice President Joe Biden, and his running mate, the Senator Mark Warner from Virginia, were elected defeating the Republican nominee, the Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul, and his running mate, Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio.

Capitalizing on a growing economy and President Barack Obama's popularity, Biden ran a cautious campaign based around the maintenance of Obama's policies. The Republican Party suffered from internal fractures however, Rand Paul having to compete fiercely for nomination from both more moderate and conservative contenders. Paul only secured the nomination just prior to the Republican National Convention.

Biden would go onto win a close victory, both in the electoral college and popular vote, with 281 to 257, although Paul would close the gap from Republican results in previous elections. Biden became the first sitting Vice President since George H. W. Bush in 1988 to win the Presidency.

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