Donald Trump has won Florida, a key battleground state in the race to the White House.

Florida is one of four states with the largest number of electoral votes.

Of those states, New York and California are an easy win for the Democrats, while Texas traditionally backs Republicans.

But Florida - with a weighty 29 votes - is the least predictable of them all. 

The state has voted for the winner in all but two of the elections held since 1924. In the six elections since 1996, three Democrats and three Republicans have been voted in by Floridians. 

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In 2000 the race between Al Gore and George W Bush came down to Florida. Of almost six million votes cast in the state, the Republicans managed to edge out the Democrats by just 537 votes.

In 2016 Mr Trump managed to push Hillary Clinton out by two percentage points.

This time Florida is even more crucial, as its 29 votes could be enough to compensate for the smaller states Joe Biden could gain. 

Winning Florida would have left Mr Biden with more than a 95 per cent chance of winning the election, according to modeling FiveThirtyEight and Jack Kersting. Losing the state, his chances fall to 40%.

Mr Trump is now a Floridian himself, having switched his residency to Palm Beach County in 2019. But the state has been particularly battered by the coronavirus pandemic and many pointed the finger at Trump administration. 

Almost 100,000 small businesses have been closed since March and a total of 3.5 million Floridians filed for unemployment benefits between March and August. 

Mr Biden carefully targeted his campaign to the older voters of the state, leading Mr Trump among those aged 65 or older, a group the latter carried in 2016. 

"You're expendable, you're forgettable, you're virtually nobody. That's how he sees seniors. That's how he sees you," Mr Biden told a group of seniors, referring to Mr Trump’s handling of coronavirus.