The Washington Post reports:
Biden’s vote total crossed 80 million Tuesday, by far the most votes received by a presidential nominee, crushing the record set the last time he was at the top of the ticket as Barack Obama’s running mate.
Obama won in 2008 with nearly 70 million votes, a record that he didn’t beat in 2012, when he won by just under 66 million votes. Four years later, Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton also didn’t surpass Obama’s 2008 total, winning 63 million and 66 million votes respectively.
Trump, despite losing this year, also eclipsed Obama, winning almost 74 million votes. That the losing candidate would also break the record is a testament to how many more Americans participated in the 2020 election.
Joe Biden is now OFFICIALLY the first President in American history to receive 80 MILLION VOTES. pic.twitter.com/Fj1nEFXMJ3
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 24, 2020
WOW: @JoeBiden has received more than 80 million votes – the first-ever candidate to do so in history – as he beat @realDonaldTrump “like a drum,” just as he predicted he would.#PresidentElectBidenhttps://t.co/jayQvFuELL
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) November 24, 2020