Joe Biden secured 70 million votes and set a new record, but the population has increasing significantly since 2008.
Former US President Barack Obama held the record for the most votes in the 2008 election when he received nearly 69,498,516 votes and secured a win against late Republican Senator John McCain. The results come amid record voter turnout this year as voter enthusiasm was seen among young people.
However, it is important to note that the population of the country has grown from 304 million to more than 330 million from 2008 to 2020, which means that Obama received a greater vote share — about 23 percent, to Biden’s 22 percent, according to The New York Times. Also, the voter turnout this year is expected to reach record levels, reported USA Today, citing preliminary estimates by the United States Elections Project. Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida who runs the project, estimates that about 160 million eligible Americans have voted in the 2020 presidential election, with a turnout rate that hasn't been seen in 120 years. The previous record for total voters was about 139 million, set in 2016, the report said.