The map above shows the county level and vote share results of the 2020 US Presidential Election. The darker the blue the more a county went for Joe Biden and the darker the red the more the county went for Donald Trump.
You can see how it compares to the 2016 map here.
While overall the map doesn’t look too dissimilar from 2016, the results in many ways couldn’t be more different. First and foremost Biden won whereas Clinton lost.
Moreover, as of December 2nd, 2020 Biden had received 15 million more votes than Clinton and 18 million more votes than Trump did in 2016. However, Trump also did better in 2020 than 2016 winning 11 million more votes than he did 4 years earlier, and 8 million more than Clinton did that year.
The difference of course is primarily down to the enormous increase in voter turnout 66.9% in 2020 vs just 55.7% in 2016.
This means Biden won 306 electoral college votes compared to 232 for Trump an almost complete switch from 2016 where he won 304 electoral college votes to 227 for Clinton (there were 7 faithless electors in 2016).
However, in terms of geography the pattern from 2016 largely remained the same. Biden won the majority of the people, Trump won the majority of the land.
According to NPR: “In 2020, just 77 counties total have flipped so far, and Biden won 59 of them.”
And according to the Brookings Institute: “Biden-voting counties equal 70% of America’s economy.”
Overall, at the time of writing Biden has won 477 counties, Trump has won 2,497 counties with 110 still outstanding.
This means Biden will have won the the presidency with the fewest counties (Obama won 689 in 2012), but also the largest number of votes in history.
This is part of a long-term trend where the Democrats are more and more concentrated geographically.
This would not be a problem for them if the presidency were decided by poplar vote. But the Electoral College favours small states at the expense of big ones, which means they are facing an increasingly difficult structural challenge.
This is a problem both for presidential elections and for hopes of regaining control in the Senate.
If you enjoyed this map you may also be interested in: If “Did Not Vote” Had Been A Candidate In The 2020 US Presidential Election
Maps showing county fluctuations in voter turnout could tell an interesting story.
It’s Jan 2021 now, can you update the counties for Biden and Trump, please?
They cant cause it will show a red map
Tom Terwilliger says
“This would not be a problem for them if the presidency were decided by poplar vote. But the Electoral College favours small states at the expense of big ones, which means they are facing an increasingly difficult structural challenge.
This is a problem both for presidential elections and for hopes of regaining control in the Senate. ”
This is not a “problem” at all, but rather a “design feature” that was deliberately built into our nation, and which, had it not been for this, we never would have had a nation in the first place.
Stop all the bellyaching!
Um, it was originally by popular vote. The “design feature” fell by the wayside when Repubs capped our representation.
EC been around since 1789 you dumb a$$
Read the Constitution, specifically Article II, Section 1.
MB is like many liberals, very misinformed and misguided. The electoral college was part of the Great Compromise that allowed small states to have a voice. If we ditched the electoral college system, “flyover country” would have no voice and a small handful of states would decide every national election.
joseph salvo says
We will stop our bellyaching , after Mike proves that he did not get anywhere near votes they claim. I am talking legal votes . Mike will prove to Supreme.. C.ourt on thanks giving weekend . that he lost and now the whole country has lost. He making our citzens pooorer while the are thosands sleeping on the street , including vets. This man and his family is in pockets of China ,Russia George soros Who by the way his son is married to Chelsa. now he wants big money to buy local officals to change local voting laws and put in there marxist just like happed in all 7 swing state . For taking millons from them he owes them. Hoping C linton ends up behind bars ,just like there doing to the so called insurection. not one gun or weapon. show me in history were that occured. This IDIOT is a Marxist. He must Go Now .
how did the “supreme court case go?’ right, it didn’t. Because in court, unlike on twitter, saying something untrue carries real life penalties like contempt of court, disbarment and the like.
If Electoral votes are done with States, then why don’t they do it for the Counties? For example… Have every County/County equivalent get one vote. That way it doesn’t deal with big or small States. Also… The whole State is not controlled by their big city…. Chicago/Cook County controls the whole state in voting. And they wonder why the rest of the State has a low turn out at Election time.
Wyo Guy says
There are 12 counties in Nebraska with fewer than 1000 people. You want to give one of those counties the same weight as Douglas County, which has over 1/2 million people? Or Dallas County Texas that has 2.5 million??? Talk about disincentivizing voting. Real estate should not be given a voice. People should. Popular vote only. One vote = one vote.
My little Wyoming vote should not have far more weight than someone that lives in New York. With the current electoral college system, my vote is the heaviest in the nation (assuming I vote Republican).
In the end, if you want rural issues to matter to densely populated cities, get your word out on why it matters. Yapping about stolen elections, emails, laptops, and gun rights doesn’t speak to the majority.
Erich Goode says
How does the user access each county in the US and find out what percent in each and every county voted for Trump vs. Biden? Erich Goode, NYC
Hector Garcia says
Eric Xxyyzz says
Where can we access the raw data?
Dr. Scott Brown says
Your writers would do well to dig deeper into the Brookings Institute’s assertion that “Biden-voting counties equal 70% of America’s economy.” This poorly researched statistic really means that the profits of farmers whose wheat, barley or corn had a “bumper year,” pale in relation to the profits realized by the banks that carried loans, the grain buyers who then sell to the refiners or breweries, the brewers’ and refiners’ profits, and so on. In fact, all who benefit most from the efforts of the rural communities reside in cities. It is the rural counties that produce the nation’s necessities. The urban counties–buyers, bankers, brokers, breweries, refiners, bakeries–would be nowhere without the rural producers! A more accurate statistical analysis will demonstrate that, without rural producers and rural communities, there is no economy at all!
John Bland says
I think the democrat that run this site knows he’s spreading misinformation about the fraudster we have as president now . You know the guy who didn’t win the 2020 general election Joe Biden, and instead of being prosecuted and sentenced to life in prison along with the rest of the democrat activists who allowed him to enter the White House .
Kind of like home invasion belongs a major loser and cheater like joe Biden only deserves life in prison or or the death penalty for committing treason against the American people and the true winner of the 2020 general election President Donald J Trump!
But don’t waste your breathe here this guy is a clown!
Brilliant Maps says
I’m a Canadian living in the UK so am neither a Democrat nor a Republican.
Nicely done map. It resembles a work of art with tiles for each county. Quite beautiful actually!
Trip Moore says
This map is proof the electoral college system, although its intentions are fair has failed the rural population of America. And is controlled by large population of major city constituents.
Scot Dowler says
The fact that people vote, not land is always a distortion in these type of electoral maps. It leads many people to draw the wrong conclusion. Vox news has a map that shows a map of US states where the state size is proportional to the population. If we showed the election results on this map it would help people understand where the votes are. Here is a link to that map.