[ti:Trump, Biden Locked in Close US Presidential Race] [by:www.houshang36.top] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Election workers in the United States continue to count votes [00:05.72]from the American presidential election held Tuesday. [00:10.40]President Donald Trump, the Republican Party candidate, [00:14.88]and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, [00:20.00]remain locked in close races in the battleground states. [00:25.60]In the North, vote counting continues in the states [00:29.52]of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. [00:33.60]On the southeast coast, results are still coming in [00:38.40]for Georgia and North Carolina. [00:41.48]And the counting continues in the western states [00:45.48]of Arizona and Nevada, as well. [00:50.04]Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter, [00:55.44]"We still have over 1 million ballots to count in Pennsylvania." [01:01.00]He added, "I promised Pennsylvanians [01:05.16]that we would count every vote and that's what we're going to do." [01:10.88]Biden made a brief appearance in Wilmington, Delaware [01:15.56]in the early hours of November 4th. [01:19.08]He told supporters the election "ain't over until every vote is counted." [01:26.24]He added, "It's not my place or Donald Trump's place [01:31.44]to declare who's won this election. [01:35.00]That's the decision of the American people." [01:39.36]Speaking from the White House, Trump said he had won the election. [01:44.40]He called the voting process a "a major fraud," [01:49.00]and said, "we will be going to the U.S. Supreme Court." [01:54.84]Both candidates gained expected victories. [01:58.04]Biden has been predicted the winner [02:01.24]in states from Virginia up through the East Coast. [02:05.84]Other states called as Biden victories [02:08.92]include California, on the west coast. [02:12.88]Trump was the predicted winner in much of the South, including Alabama, [02:18.12]as well as several central states, including Kansas and Missouri. [02:24.28]Election Day is usually the end of the presidential race in the United States. [02:30.52]This year, it may just be the beginning. [02:34.80]More than 100 million voters sent their ballots through the mail or voted early. [02:41.76]The record number equates to 73 percent [02:46.16]of all voters in the 2016 presidential election. [02:52.04]The early votes, however, will take days to count. [02:56.20]Each state has its own deadline for confirming election results. [03:02.84]Activists from the Republican and Democratic parties [03:06.72]have fought about the voting process since well before Election Day. [03:12.52]Late on Tuesday, both sides were preparing for possible legal fights [03:19.04]over ballots and the process for seating the winner. [03:24.36]The U.S. presidential election is decided [03:27.96]by an Electoral College system and not the popular vote. [03:34.28]There are 538 electors in the Electoral College. [03:40.20]The winner of the popular vote in a state [03:43.64]will win the electors from the state. [03:47.80]December 8 is the deadline for the states to choose electors. [03:53.32]They will meet on December 14 to vote for president and vice president. [03:59.40]A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president. [04:08.68]There have been five winners of the Electoral College [04:12.72]who actually lost the popular vote. [04:16.76]They are John Quincy Adams in 1824; [04:21.12]Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876; [04:25.12]Benjamin Harrison in 1888; [04:29.44]George W. Bush in 2000; [04:33.00]and Donald J. Trump in 2016. [04:37.72]On January 3, 2021, members of the new Congress take office. [04:45.28]Three days later, the new Congress will count the electoral votes [04:50.56]and officially confirm the winner. [04:55.72]I'm Caty Weaver. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM www9778con