PUBLISHED: 11:13, Tue, Nov 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:13, Tue, Nov 3, 2020
Americans are hours away from voting in one of the most divisive elections in recent history. While the incumbent President Donald Trump hopes to secure a second term in office, the Democrats' Joe Biden looks set to push the businessman out of the White House. Most major polls currently claim Mr Biden has a soaring lead on Mr Trump - in some cases as much as 14 points.
A more recent poll carried out by the Democracy Institute and the Sunday Express suggested Mr Trump has a one-point lead on the Democrat.
The election is on course to have one of the highest turnouts in a century, with nearly 100 million people already having cast their ballots in early voting.
A number of key swing states are regarded as holding the keys to the White House: Michigan, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
These are the states that hold some of the highest Electoral College votes, which could override a candidate's popular vote and therefore win them the election.
Many political observers have predicted that either candidate will win by a mere slither of votes.
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This, explained Paul Mellon, Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge, could result in some sort of deal being struck by the Republicans with the Democrats in order to retain increasing powers despite leaving the White House.
Talking about the "sordid" deal which was struck in the contested 1876 election between the two parties - which saw the Republicans secure victory but the Democrats continue to endorse white supremacy - Prof Mellon explained: "I have a scenario where I see the grandees of the parties getting together, and it would look something like this: Mitch McConnell, the majority leader in the Senate, has always hated Trump but has found him useful.
"McConnell has been single-handedly pursuing what we might call Republican judicial supremacy in America for 30-40 years.
"With the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court confirmed, he has achieved the goal Republicans have been pursuing for 40 years - he considers it to be an achievement.
"He now considers a Republican Supreme Court to be locked in for 30-40 years, and to resist whatever the electorate throws up in terms of representatives and legislators.
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