One word to keep handy as unprecedented US presidential race draws to a close

Voters filling in their ballots at the Union Market polling station in Washington DC, on Nov 3, 2020.
Voters filling in their ballots at the Union Market polling station in Washington DC, on Nov 3, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Votes are being counted and winners projected as polling booths close across nine time zones. Nearly 100 million early votes, more than two-thirds of the total number of votes cast in the 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to power, may determine the winner.

It is safe to say that the turnout, that has ranged between 50 per cent and  57 per cent in elections since 2000, will be one for the record books.

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