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Iran’s supreme leader has mocked the US presidential election in a televised address, quoting President Donald Trump’s own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticise the vote.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 81, reiterated a long-standing Iranian position that it didn’t matter whether Mr Trump or Joe Biden wins the vote, despite high stakes for the Islamic Republic over oil and nuclear negotiations.

“The incumbent president, who is supposed to hold the elections, says this is the most-rigged US election throughout history,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, not acknowledging that individual US states run the vote. “Who says this? The sitting president who is arranging the elections himself. His opponent says Trump intends to widely cheat. This is American democracy.”

“Such an empire will not last long. It’s obvious that when a regime reaches this point, it will not live for much longer and will be destroyed,” he added.

“Of course, some of them if they take office will destroy America sooner, and some others if elected will cause America to be destroyed a bit later.”

In this picture released by an official website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2020. (Image: AP)

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American elections are decided by the Electoral College. In 2016, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by winning more Electoral College votes, despite losing the popular vote. But how does that work?

In the election, Americans vote for candidates called ‘electors’ in their state who are supporting the candidate they want to become president

The more people to live in a state, the more electors there are for that state. So, California for example, with a population of 38.8 million, has 55 votes – while Delaware, (pop. 936,000), has just three votes.

There are currently 538 electors in total, corresponding to the 435 Representatives (congressmen and women) and 100 Senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia. The candidate with the most electors wins all the state’s Electoral College votes and the first candidate to win enough states to get to 270 electoral votes is elected to that office.

It means that certain states are vital for Electoral College votes – and just a few states could determine the result of the entire election.

Read more: How does the Electoral College work? 

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