THE US election has gone down to the wire, with the race between President Trump and Joe Biden too close to call as vote counting continues.
There are still 10 states still to declare, including three key Rust Belt battleground states. But after the president prematurely declared victory, what are his chances of securing a second term in the White House?
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Can Donald Trump still win?
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are locked in a tense fight to the finish, as the task of counting millions of votes continues.
Trump's lead narrowed in the swing state of Michigan with just .5% difference between the two rivals.
Right now Democratic nominee Joe Biden is in the lead with 224 electoral votes while President Trump has 213.
The count is still ongoing with 86% of votes having been counted so far – and the task may not be completed until Friday.
A victory in both Wisconsin and Michigan would take Biden to the 270 votes needed to secure victory.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump needs to win other key battle ground states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to remain in the White House.
What was Trump's winning margin in 2016? (compare to now)
Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania account for 46 electoral votes.
During the 2016 election, President Trump beat his Democrat rival through the popular vote – with Hillary Clinton going ahead of the president in the Electoral College votes.
If Clinton had won these states, she could have sealed the presidency with 274 total electoral votes.
In other words, the 2016 election was decided by 107,000 people in these three states.
Trump won the popular vote there by that combined amount – which equates to 0.09 percent of all votes cast in the election four years ago.
How many presidents have been re-elected?
There have been 45 presidents after the office was first created in 1789.
US Presidents are only allowed to sit for a maximum of two terms, both four years in length.
Of the 45 who have held office, only ten presidents have failed to win re-election for a second term when they have attempted to.
The last president who didn’t win re-election was George H W Bush, who lost to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992.
Since then, it has been 28 years without a president failing to win a second term
Theodore Roosevelt won a third term by defeating Republican nominee Wendell Willkie in the 1940 United States presidential election.
He remains the only president to serve for more than two terms.
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