US Election: How Donald Trump can still win

Donald Trump may be languishing behind Democratic rival Joe Biden, who requires 17 more electoral votes to secure the election - but the incumbent President is not out of the game just yet.

The Republican candidate has successfully closed off a handful of avenues that would have obtained an early win for Biden, taking out Florida's 29 Electoral College votes, Texas' 38 votes and Ohio's 18. Yet by late Wednesday (US time), Trump's path to victory has tapered. 

A second term for the Trump administration is now largely centred on obtaining Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, maintaining the lead in Georgia, overtaking Biden's narrow advantage in Arizona and flipping Nevada - a state the Democrat is currently poised to win by a slim margin.

If Biden can hold Arizona and Nevada, he will oust Trump from the White House and become the newly-minted President of the United States - but if Trump can take out Georgia, North Carolina, Alaska and Pennsylvania - the states he is currently leading in - and overturn either Arizona or Nevada, he can still win the election. 

As of 12pm (NZ time), The Associated Press (AP) has called Michigan for Biden, putting AP's tally in line with Fox News - Biden at 264 electoral college votes, compared to Trump at 214. 

Both outlets have also called Arizona for Biden, although the likes of CNN and the New York Times have not. 

The current breakdown

The states Biden has won:

Vermont (3), Virginia (13), Delaware (3), Rhode Island (4), New Jersey (14), Massachusetts (11), Maryland (10), Illinois (20), Connecticut (7), New Mexico (5), New York (29), District of Columbia (3), Colorado (9), California (55), Oregon (7) and Washington state (12), Hawaii (4), New Hampshire (4), Minnesota (10), Maine (4), Wisconsin (10), Michigan (16).

The states Trump has won:

South Carolina (9), Kentucky (8), West Virginia (5), Oklahoma  (7), Tennessee (11), Mississippi (6), Alabama  (9), Arkansas (6), Indiana (11), Wyoming (3), South Dakota (3), North Dakota (3), Louisiana (8), Nebraska (5), Kansas (6), Missouri (10), Idaho (4), Utah (6), Florida (29), Ohio (18), Montana (4), Iowa (4), Texas (38).

States still up-for-grabs:

Nevada (6), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), Pennsylvania (20), Alaska (3).