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Archaeology discovery: 2,000-year-old mystery unearthed in Pompeii at ancient Roman villa

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The two men died from a volcanic heat blast, they were then covered by the falling ash. When Vesuvius erupted 2,000 years ago the two men were in a corridor in a wealthy villa in Pompeii. The partial skeletons of each man were found beside a staircase to the wealthy villa’s upper level.

The announcement was made by officials at the archaeological park on Saturday.

The elegant villa where the two men were found is on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city that was devastated when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

It is thought the two men succumbed to a powerful volcanic blast that took place on the second day of the eruption event.

One of the victims was a youth, aged 18 to 25.

He had a spinal column with compressed discs, this led archaeologists to assume he was a manual labourer, most likely a slave.

The other victim had a more robust bone structure, especially in his chest area.

This led archaeologists to assume he was a wealthier individual.

The cranial bone analysis placed the wealthier man at about 30 to 40 years old.

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The high-status individual and the suspected slave “were perhaps seeking refuge” from the eruption “when they were swept away” said Pompeii director Massimo Osanna.

Archaeologists claim the wealthy man, aged between 30 and 40 was wearing a woolen cloak.

This is because traces of wool were found around his neck.

Speaking to reporters Mr Osanna said: “It was a death by thermal shock, as also demonstrated by their clenched feet and hands.”

Describing the discovery he said the find was “an incredible and extraordinary testimony” of the morning when the eruption took place.

The volcanic eruption buried Pompeii in ash, freezing the site in time, and making it a rich source of investigation for archaeologists.

The discovery of the two men was made this month when archaeologists were carrying out a dig at the large villa.

The villa’s position was on the outskirts of the ancient city.

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Coronavirus breakthrough: New AstraZeneca anti-body cocktail boosts cure hopes

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The new drug relies on a different process in helping the body fend off coronavirus than a regular vaccine and is raising hopes in the battle to end the pandemic. The pharmaceutical giant began late-stage trials of the new drug that when administered protects individuals from infection for up to 12 months. Now in Phase III, the company will begin an international clinical trial by recruiting a total of 5,000 from Europe and the United States.

The new antibody cocktail medicine is known as AZD7442.

The new drug relies on a treatment known as the prophylactic process.

This treatment is different from being vaccinated as it introduces new antibodies to combat the disease instead of prompting the body to create them.

Those with weak immune systems can benefit more from a prophylactic treatment than a regular vaccination as their response to creating new anti-bodies has been compromised.

AstraZeneca is the pharmaceutical company behind the development of the new coronavirus vaccine, working with researchers at Oxford University.

Trials of the new drug began in the UK on Saturday.

A total of 1,000 participants have had the anti-body combination administered to them at nine sites across the UK.

AstraZeneca researchers from the UK said: “What we are investigating in this study is whether we can provide protection by giving antibodies that have been shown to neutralise the virus.

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“This will be done by injection into the muscle.”

Professor Andrew Ustianowski, the chief investigator with the UK trial, added: “The hope is that this will then provide good protection for many months against infection.”

The drug acts using monoclonal antibodies that mimic the human body’s natural antibodies.

These monoclonal antibodies are manufactured in a laboratory and have been developed to treat some types of cancer.

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AstraZeneca said the new antibody cocktail has the potential to treat those who have already been infected with coronavirus.

It can also be used as a preventative medication for healthcare workers who are exposed to higher viral loads.

At a press conference, AstraZeneca’s executive vice president of biopharmaceuticals research and development Mene Pangalos said: “These have been engineered specifically to have what we call a long half-life, so we think they will confer protection for at least six, but more likely closer to 12 months,”

He added that this drug “in effect, acts almost like a passive vaccination”.

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WW3 fears: Saudi Arabia says nuclear weapons armament ‘an option’ in stark warning to Iran

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Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir has refused to rule out the possibility of arming the Kingdom with nuclear weapons in the wake of Iran exceeding permitted levels of uranium. On the prospect of engaging in a nuclear programme, Mr al-Jubeir said: “It’s definitely an option.”

He added: “And Saudi Arabia has made it very clear, that it will do everything it can to protect its people and to protect its territories.”

The stark warning comes after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud urged global leaders to take a “decisive stance” against Iran over its growing military threat.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh accused the Kingdom of “hate-mongering”.

Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – have been locked in a regional battle for dominance for decades.

The relationship between the two nations has been exacerbated by religious differences.

The people of Iran are largely Shia Muslim, while Saudi Arabia sees itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries officially broke down in January 2016 following an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Increased fears over Iran emerged in recent weeks, after a report found they had 12 times the permitted levels of enriched uranium.

Research by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium has now reached 2.4 tonnes (2,442kg).

Under the terms of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, Tehran is limited to 202kg.

The watchdog also noted Iran had violated purity levels of enriched uranium with 4.5 percent recorded – above the 3.67 percent limit.

The bombshell study sent alarm bells ringing in Washington and the US President is understood to have spoken to his advisers over the possibility of launching strikes against Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant, the New York Times reports.

The 100,000 square-mile site – located around 150 miles south of Tehran – runs eight metres underground and is Iran’s largest uranium enrichment facility.

Relations between the Washington and Tehran have been on the brink ever since the US President pulled out of the Iran Nuclear deal in 2018 – which granted Tehran sanction relief in return for curbing its nuclear programme.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has since opened the door for peace talks with President-elect Joe Biden after relations with Mr Trump soared.

Mr Zarif said Iran would fully implement its 2015 nuclear deal if Mr Biden lifts economic sanctions.

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Mr Biden has previously said a return to Iran nuclear deal would be “a starting point for follow-on negotiations”

Mr Zarif said: “If Mr Biden is willing to fulfil US commitments, we too can immediately return to our full commitments in the accord and negotiations are possible within the framework.”

He added: “We are ready to discuss how the United States can re-enter the accord.”

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China war threat: Beijing prepares for conflict with rare military exercise for civilians

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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched a joint mission with non-military personnel in order to simulate a real life war situation. The joint-operation sanctioned by the Government of Chongqing in southwestern China practised a series of operational drills to mobilise vital combat equipment.

On Saturday, military forces took over a Chinese car-making factory to rapidly modify equipment to enable it to successfully move heavy-duty tanks across the county.

During one of the exercises, staff had to convert a 20-tonne trailer in order to transport a 40-tonne Type 59 battle tank, military news site JS7tv reports.

Workers had a limited time to alter the width of the trailer and well as paint other equipment in camouflage disguise.

Pictures released by the military outlet shows the large green tank being carefully loaded on a waiting red-trailer.

A PLA soldier can be seen standing on the back on waving the steel machine forward.

The aim of the project was to enable the tank to move faster across the mainland in order to reach enemy targets.

According to the report the transformation took around eight hours.

Upon completion, another image shows a relay of three lorries travelling down a motorway – each with a tank exposed and strapped to its trailer.

The surreal image shows the concourse going over a bridge and travelling alongside ordinary cars.

At the factory, car production lines were also shifted to make all-terrain light combat vehicles.

According to Chinese state media, the exercise demonstrated the country’s “industrial potential during wartime”.

It added the operation could also be used for emergency disaster relief.

Chinese Communist Party newspaper the Global Times insisted the drills would continue until the end of the month

Just days after preparations for war were made on land, the PLA conducted an exercise in the sea.

The PLA released footage of a landing drill being conducted in the disputed South China Sea.

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The drill took place off the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and showed soldiers storming the beaches during a joint operation with the Chinese Navy.

The war games took place on Tuesday and are set to continue until November 30.

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‘Why are you still negotiating?’ Brexiteer savages Frost following EU trade deal update

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Despite progress being made during intensive talks between UK and EU negotiators over the past few weeks, significant gaps still remain, predominantly over fisheries, state aid and the EU’s so-called level playing field. On Sunday, Lord Frost arrived in Brussels before yet another round of negotiations with the EU and the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. He tweeted: “Arriving once again in Brussels shortly for another round of negotiations with EU and Michel Barnier this afternoon. I and our British team have been in talks almost every day since 22 October.

“We are working to get a deal, but the only one that’s possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, our trade, and our waters.

“That has been our consistent position from the start and I will not be changing it.

“There has been some progress in a positive direction in recent days. We also now largely have common draft treaty texts, though significant elements are of course not yet agreed.

“We will work to build on these and get an overall agreement if we can.

Why are you still negotiating if the significant elements have yet to be agreed?

Ben Habib

“But we may not succeed. Either way, as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson made clear on 16 October, people and businesses must prepare for the change that is coming on 31 December, most of which happens whether there is a deal or not.”

However, the comments from the UK’s chief negotiator stating Britain and EU “now largely have common draft treaty texts, though significant elements are of course not yet agreed”, sparked a furious reaction from the former Brexit Party MEP.

Mr Habib tweeted: “Why are you still negotiating if the significant elements have yet to be agreed?

“Boris Johnson and you were clear on 15 Oct that there would be no negotiations until the EU relented in its position on state aid and fishing. So what are you negotiating?

Mr Habib added: “Somehow in the haze of a failure to agree the key points you have agreed the draft text of a new treaty? These things do not happen overnight.

“These contradictory indications point to a bad deal. Is it a good deal David Frost?”

The outburst came after Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned the EU will not agree to a trade deal if Boris Johnson continues to push ahead with his Government’s controversial Internal Market Bill.

Downing Street has insisted it will press ahead with elements of the proposed legislation that would allow the Government to break international law – despite peers in the House of Lords voting against them last Monday.

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Mr Coveney told Sky News: “Even if we do get a new trade deal negotiated by both sides, if the British Government is determined to continue with their Internal Market Bill – to reintroduce parts of that Bill that were removed by the House of Lords this week – then, I think this is a deal that won’t be ratified by the EU.

“Because there is no way the EU will agree to ratify a new agreement if the British Government is breaking the existing agreement that is not even 12 months old and breaking international law by doing that.”

He said a trade deal between the UK and EU can still be agreed, adding: “I think I would sum it up by saying this is very difficult but it’s also very doable.

“And I think the consequences of not getting a trade deal and a future relationship deal before the end of the year, I think is very significant.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice had earlier warned next week is “a week when things need to move” if the UK and EU are to agree a trade deal.

He said: “Both sides recognise that time is very, very short. It’s not long ago we were saying we needed to get some kind of conclusion by the middle of October,” he said.

“People have persevered with these talks. There does come a point frankly where businesses need to know what they are preparing for.

“You can always squeeze out extra time if you need to, if you’re nearly there.

“But, I agree with Simon Coveney, perhaps we can agree on this much… this needs to be a week when things move, when we break through some of these difficult issues and get resolution and at least have some sort of headlines – if you like – of an agreement.

“Otherwise, it gets quite difficult and we do start to run out of time to implement it.”

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Brexit news: EU must be flexible to get a deal, says Michael Gove

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Minister Michael Gove said an agreement can only be reached if Britain is treated as a sovereign nation. Negotiations are expected to break up today in London before resuming in Belgium next week. The EU wants negotiations signed off within days, but Number 10 said significant gaps remain.

Mr Gove, Cabinet Office Minister, said: “The UK has already shown a great degree of flexibility in these negotiations, but it is important also that the European Union shows flexibility too.

“In particular, there needs to be a full recognition that we are sovereign equals. And any attempt to continue to tie the UK into EU processes or to extend EU jurisdiction by other means would be quite wrong.”

Downing Street said “time is in short supply” and has ruled out setting a deadline.

But EU diplomats are pushing hard for progress ahead of a summit of European leaders next Thursday.

Brussels sources said progress has been “slow” as both sides fail to bridge the gaps over fishing rights and common standards.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have been working hard throughout to get a deal, but we’ve always said that it needs to be a deal that fully respects UK sovereignty and that’s what we’re continuing to pursue.”

Lord Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, and EU counterpart Michel Barnier will stay in “close contact” over the weekend. MEPs are due to approve a free-trade deal on December 16.

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Is Donald Trump president?

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Donald Trump or Joe Biden – a decision between these two candidates was placed before Americans on Tuesday in the US election 2020. Now polls across the country have closed or will soon close meaning the president for the next four years has been decided. President Trump is expected to remain at the White House for the rest of election night where he will receive regular updates regarding results. But was Donald Trump chosen by the people and is Mr Trump the president?

Polls across America are beginning to close and Americans have had their say about who they want to lead their country.

Dozens of polls have closed, including key swing states such as Pennsylvania and Florida.

So far more than 150 electoral college votes have been awarded according to projections.

Millions of Americans lined up to vote in this historic election which saw more than 101 million US voters cast early votes.

Early vote statistics from the US Elections Project shows more than 101 million ballots were cast in the US ahead of election day which is 73 percent of the total 138 million votes cast in 2016.

Of these votes, the total by party is as follows:

  • Democrats: 44.8 percent
  • Republicans: 30.5 percent
  • Minor: 0.7 percent
  • No party affiliation: 24 percent.

Donald Trump is currently hoping to win a second term as US President, having been elected for his first time in 2016.

In 2016, he won a total of 304 Electoral College votes compared to his Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

However, he lost the popular vote with 46.1 percent compared to Ms Clinton’s 48.2 percent.

Like Mr Biden, ahead of election day, Ms Clinton led in almost every pre-election nationwide poll, including in most swing states.

Despite winning 2.87 million more votes than Mr Trump in 2016, Ms Clinton did not receive a majority in the electoral college.

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Mr Trump is now battling to win a second term.

According to exit polls, Mr Trump is projected to win 92 electoral votes.

Mr Trump is projected to win the following states: 

  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • Missouri
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota

By comparison, his democratic competitor is forecast to win 121 electoral votes.

Mr Biden is projected to win in the following states: 

  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Illinois
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • New York
  • New Mexico.

Is Donald Trump president?

Currently, neither Mr Trump nor Mr Biden has won the 270 electoral college votes needed to be crowned the president-elect.

Whether Mr Trump wins or loses the election today he will continue on as president until Inauguration Day on January 20, 2012.

At this time, Mr Trump will either begin his second term or Mr Biden will become the 46th US President.

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End of Putin? Shadowy new law hints at sudden departure for Russian leader

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The Russian President has accelerated a new law through parliament which would make him a senator for life when he leaves office. The unexpected draft bill introduced by Mr Putin would also guarantee legal immunity and state perks for the rest of his life. The 68-year-old is already the longest-serving leader in modern Russian history since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

According to Russian state-run TV station RT, formerly known as Russia Today, the new piece of legislation is the first stepping stone for a new leader to sworn into office.

The broadcaster describes the law as a “sign that the groundwork is being laid for an eventual transition of power in Russia”.

Mr Putin and any other former leader of Russia would be allowed to become a member of the Federation Council within three months of the end of their term.

The Federation Council is the equivalent of the House of Lords in the UK.

One Moscow source said: “This is Russia copying the outdated British system of life peers in the House of Lords.”

The dramatic proposals come just months after radical changes were made to the Russian constitution.

In July, the Russian people backed new legalisation which could result in Mr Putin serving another two terms in office.

For the past 20 years, Mr Putin has served as President for 16 of them and has been due to end his reign in 2024.

But new reforms now mean the former Russian KGB agent could be in power for another 16 years.

The constitution will allow Mr Putin’s term limit to be reset to zero in 2024 and permit him to seek a new six-year term in 2024, and again in 2030.

By the time of the 2036 election, the Russian President would be 83-years-old.

During the public vote over the summer, eight-in-ten Russians supported the move.

The Electoral Commission said 77.9 percent voted for the reform package and 21.3 percent against.

Prior to the vote, Mr Putin remained coy the prospect of seeking another term in the high office.

He said: “I do not rule out the possibility of running for office, if this comes up in the constitution. We’ll see.

“I have not decided anything for myself yet.”

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Mr Putin became Russian President in 2000 after succeeding Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin.

Four years later he won a second term but was barred from standing for a third successive term in 2008.

Instead, he went on to become Prime Minister in 2008 before making another successful run for the Presidency in 2012.

Mr Putin won a fourth term as President in 2018 after securing 76 percent of the vote.

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Jeremy Corbyn escapes to Isle of Wight over the weekend after Labour suspension

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Last week, the former Opposition leader was suspended from his party following an investigation on Labour anti-Semitism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Now a photograph has emerged of Mr Corbyn on a ferry alongside a member of staff of a restaurant where he had eaten on Saturday.

Following the investigation from the EHRC, Sir Keir Starmer, the new Labour leader, outlined anti-Semitism has no place within the party.

He said at the time: “If, after all the pain, all the grief, and all the evidence in this report, there are still those who think there’s no problem with anti-semitism in the Labour party, that it’s all exaggerated, or a factional attack, then frankly you are part of the problem too and you should be nowhere near the Labour party either.”

Anti-Semitic abuse is illegal and the report by the EHRC found the Labour Party had breached the law.

Mr Corbyn’s suspension came as a result of his reaction to the findings.

The former frontman lashed out at the findings in the report and claimed anti-semitism during his leadership was “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

His full statement read: “Anti-Semitism is absolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanity’s greatest crimes.

“As Leader of the Labour Party I was always determined to eliminate all forms of racism and root out the cancer of antisemitism.

“I have campaigned in support of Jewish people and communities my entire life and I will continue to do so.

“The EHRC’s report shows that when I became Labour leader in 2015, the Party’s processes for handling complaints were not fit for purpose.

“Reform was then stalled by an obstructive party bureaucracy.

“The scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”

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Following his suspension, Labour was plunged into a crisis after a new poll revealed the party has taken a double hit in approval ratings.

A YouGov poll suggested support for both the party as a whole and its leader Sir Kier has plummeted in the days following Mr Corbyn’s suspension.

The survey asked, “Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of the following”.

Between October 21-22, 35 percent of people had a favourable opinion of Labour, with 46 percent having an unfavourable opinion – resulting in a net score of -11.

Between October 29-30, the days after Mr Corbyn’s suspension, just 33 percent had a favourable opinion, with unfavourable rising to 56 percent – resulting in a net score of -23.

Since Mr Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2016, the party has been plagued with allegations of anti-semitism by some of its supporters.

Back in June, Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked as shadow Education Secretary by Sir Keir after sharing an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

Ms Long Bailey said: “I wished to acknowledge these concerns and duly issued a clarification of my retweet, with the wording agreed in advance by the Labour Party Leader’s Office, but after posting I was subsequently instructed to take both this agreed clarification and my original retweet down.

“I could not do this in good conscience without the issuing of a press statement of clarification.”

However Ms Long-Bailey – who was a candidate in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election and finished second to Sir Starmer – had discussed matters with the Labour leader before “agreeing what further action to take” but was subsequently sacked.

Other high-profile suspensions over alleged anti-Semitic comments included MP Naz Shah, the ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone and MP Chris Williamson, an ally and friend of Mr Corbyn.

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US election swingometer: Who is winning the presidential election?

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The US election 2020 presidential race is almost at its end with voters due to cast their ballots on Tuesday, November 3. Incumbent Donald Trump was first elected in 2016 following two terms of former US leader Barack Obama. Now he is going head-to-head against Mr Obama’s vice president Joe Biden. Express.co.uk has gathered exclusive insight into what the bookies think will happen on election day and who will be crowned the winner of the presidential election race?

Poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight pits Mr Biden ahead in the national polls with a 52.0 percent average.

Mr Trump trails 8.5 percentage points behind with a 43.5 percent average.

The latest poll conducted from October 30 to November 1 from YouGov of 1,501 people saw Mr Biden win with a 53 percent lead, pitching him 10 percentage points ahead of Mr Trump.

However, the previous poll from IBD/TIPP conducted from October 28 to November 1 showed a narrower gap between the two contenders.

Mr Biden was still in the lead with 50 percent, compared to Mr Trump’s 45 percent in the poll of 1,080 people.

Bookmakers Betfair launched a swingometer tool last month as the race to election day drew closer.

The swingometer tool seeks to determine who is most likely to win the presidential race according to betting odds.

At the time of the launch, a Betfair spokesman said: “Already there is huge interest in who will be the next US President on Betfair Exchange, with over £70 million wagered on the betting market.

“Joe Biden is the current favourite at evens, however almost 60 percent of the money has been bet on Donald Trump, who briefly went favourite yesterday for the first time in three months, and in the past 24 hours his odds have gone out to 21/20.”

He added: “Already this year we have seen some huge swings in the betting market, back in February, Joe Biden was 100/1 (just a 1 percent chance) to become the next US President, but as the months went on, the odds shifted in his favour, in August he had a 60 percent chance of winning, and since then his chances have decreased and it’s too tight to call.”

The bookmaker has now shared new exclusive data with Express.co.uk to show how divisive forecasts really are.

Betfair’s swingometer tool puts Mr Biden at 66 percent odds of winning, compared to 34 percent for Mr Trump at the time of writing.

With polls opening in a matter of hours the gap between himself and Mr Biden’s odds.

Betfair spokesman Darren Hughes said: “With just a day to go before Americans take to the polls, the betting odds for the race to the White House have remained solid, with Biden holding out as the strong 8/15 (65 percent) favourite, to the incumbent Trump’s 15/8 (35 percent).

“Mr Trump has closed the gap somewhat- this day last week, his odds were 2/1 (31 percent), and this movement bucks the trend of all previous elections, with the election favourite usually the one to see their odds improve in the final days of a campaign.

“For all Trump’s improvement, however, Biden remains the strong favourite.

“It’s almost hard to believe that the former VP was 99/1 in February when it looked unlikely that he would even be nominated to run for office, but he is now firmly in the drivers’ seat in this election.”

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At the time of writing, the US Elections Project which records the number of early votes cast across the US has confirmed more than 94 million votes have been cast.

Of those the total votes by party registration are as follows:

  • Democrats: 45.5 percent
  • Republicans: 30.4 percent
  • Minor: 0.7 percent
  • No Party Affiliation: 23.5 percent.

As the presidential election race enters its final hours, the Republican President and Democratic hopeful are traversing across the nation.

Mr Trump visited five battleground states holding rallies in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Mr Biden instead spoke at a campaign event in Pennsylvania.

The Democratic contender has led in the polls throughout the election, but the advantage Mr Biden holds has narrowed recently.

Betfair has the following odds for each of these places:

  • Iowa: GOP victory – 2/5, Dems – 5/2.
  • Michigan: GOP – 7/2, Dems – 2/7.
  • North Carolina: GOP – 21/20, Dems – 20/21.
  • Georgia: GOP – 8/11, Dems – 11/8.
  • Florida: GOP – 8/11, Dems – 11/8.
  • Pennsylvania: GOP – 7/4, Dems – 4/7.

Mr Biden will visit Pennsylvania and Ohio today – both each of these states was won by Mr Trump in 2016.

However, Pennsylvania is key for Mr Biden’s hopes for victory and Ohio is seen as a must-win state for Mr Trump.

Betfair predicts the odds in Ohio as follows a GOP victory at 1/2 odds, with a Democratic win at 2/1 odds.

But Mr Trump will not visit Ohio before the election, instead, he will visit North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Battleground swing states are key to predicting who will win the upcoming election.

Betfair spokesman Darren Hughes told Express.co.uk: “From the odds on the Betfair Exchange, there are 11 clear swing states – determined by odds changes since the start of 2020.

“Swing states are states that have historically swung between voting Democrat and Republican, with no discernible pattern.

“Unlike states like Texas and New York, which are traditional Republican and Democrat states, swing states are often unpredictable, and therefore are often viewed as the most important states in an election.”

The tightest race for a win is currently in Florida according to Betfair.

The Betfair spokesman said: “Of those, Florida is the closest in the betting. After winning it in 2016, the Sunshine State is a must-win yet again for Trump, and the odds have narrowly swung in his favour.

“The Republicans have been as short as 10/11, in May, and as big as 6/4, in September, to win there.

“The Democrats were the narrow favourites in early October, but as early voting figures have been released, Trump’s odds have steadily improved.

“While early voting figures give Biden a lead, the expected Trump vote on the day is expected to be very strong, and experts say Biden’s lead isn’t enough to hang on here.

“Current odds have Trump as an 8/11 (57 percent) chance to win here, in a state he simply cannot afford to lose.”

The race is also being closely contested in Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

But overall the Betfair Exchange is still predicting Mr Biden to walk away with a win.

Mr Hughes said: “Based on current Betfair Exchange state betting odds, the prediction is that Biden will cruise to victory, in a relatively comfortable manner.

“Betfair Exchange odds project 305 Electoral College Votes, to Trump’s 233, which would see Joseph Robinette Biden confirmed as the 46th President of the United States of America. “

This prediction is the same number of Electoral College votes as forecast last week.

To win an absolute majority of Electoral Votes a candidate must win 270 or more of the 538 electors meaning Mr Biden would win the position of US President by a margin of 35 electoral seats.

He added: “Trump could find claim victories on the east coast, in North Carolina and Florida, but it still wouldn’t be enough- Biden has a stranglehold on too many crucial swing states to be toppled unless there is a drastic change between now and tomorrow.”

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