US election: What Trump's Alaska win projects for Biden's 290 electoral votes (explainer)

US election: What Trump's Alaska win projects for Biden's 290 electoral votes (explainer)

Donald Trump pulled the trigger after what seemingly looked like the end of the road to claim a win Alaska, a state on the northwest extremity of the United States' West Coast, meaning that the president has added there more electoral votes to his tab.

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The embattled president cruised to a comfortable victory over his Democratic challenger, former vice president and now projected president-elect Joe Biden with 53.6% (173,233) to his opponent's 42.7% (138,070), according to Associated Press.

This, apparently, does not only move Trump's total electoral votes to 217 against Biden's 290 but also rekindle the president's hope of retaining his presidential seat at the Oval Office.

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Trump, since Biden crossed the 270 threshold, has been hiding behind the keyboard as he accused the opposition camp of vote stealing and electoral fraud in his mischievous grand effort to rubbish the former vice president's projected victory.

Alaska win came with a sigh of relief for the president's camp but does the state's three electoral votes can overturn Biden's projected victory?

Biden still the projected president-elect

Without any iota of doubt, Trump's increasingly delusional claims of political victory and his Alaska win cannot save him from being given a marching order out of the White House in December when the winner will be officially declared.

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Many international media in the US have projected Biden winner of the election having won the most popular votes ever in the country's history and crossing the 270 threshold required for the presidency.

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What Donald Trump's Alaska win projects in US election as president hopes to retain seat
Donald Trump's Alaska win cannot overturn Joe Biden's projected victory. Credit: Associated Press
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With 290 electoral votes (and a possible more votes), Biden is a step close to the White House and there is no magic Trump can pull to overturn his challenger's victory even if he wins all the states left.

The incumbent president still needs more than 73 electoral votes to win Biden. Of course, this cannot happen.

Trump's lawsuit may not change the record on the ground

President Trump's camp has identified electoral fraud in the election — a sinister claim that has not been popularly recognised by Biden's camp and the media.

Although some states like Georgia may manually recount their ballots, exiting history and data have shown that there is a slim chance Trump will be returned despite his controversial lawsuit.

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The incumbent still hoping and never concedes defeat

Meanwhile, the embattled American president has expressed fresh optimism on winning the US election as he continues to press lawsuits against the projected president-elect.

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Trump, 74, is trailing behind the 77-year-old former senator and vice president in both electoral and popular votes after the November 3 presidential poll.

Although the international media including the Associated Press have been recognising Biden as the president-elect who will take over in January after the final collation of the results, Trump is yet to accept defeat.

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