Election 2020 presidential results

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Jessica Estepa, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 7:32 a.m. ET, November 5, 2020
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10:04 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Trump angrily calls Republican governors while casting doubt on his own legal strategy

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Donald Trump speaks on election night in the East Room of the White House in the early morning hours in Washington, DC, on November 04.
President Donald Trump speaks on election night in the East Room of the White House in the early morning hours in Washington, DC, on November 04. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump spent the day angrily phoning Republican governors while publicly casting doubt on his own legal strategy that he personally instructed aides to carry out.

After Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden last night, Trump instructed aides to begin filing lawsuits almost immediately. Those aides spent most of Wednesday putting together half-baked legal strategies, partly in order to buy them more time as votes were being counted in critical states like Arizona, one source said. CNN has not projected a winner in Arizona.

Trump has been angrily calling Republican governors all day, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to two sources. 

9:37 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Here's the latest on vote counting in Arizona

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said there are about 600,000 outstanding ballots in the state and about 340,000 in Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located.

Additional votes just came in from Maricopa County. The state's most populous county will do another upload at 12:30 a.m. ET and then at 7 p.m. every night until they are done, Hobbs said.

There are about 46,000 votes yet to be counted in Pima County and roughly 18,000 in Yuma County, 13,000 in Coconino County, and less than 1,000 in La Paz County, Hobbs said in an interview on CNN. 

Ballots being counted now are early ballots that were received on Monday and Tuesday, she said. Counties are focused on getting ballots processed and tabulated and are not sorting them by party. 

Hobbs said she does not have any specific timing on when most of the votes will be counted. “We’ll have a more solid answer about that tomorrow or Friday,” she said. 

9:58 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Additional votes just came in from a key county in Arizona

Additional votes from a key Arizona county just dropped.

The counting in Maricopa County, which contains Phoenix, is underway. So far it shows Joe Biden at 887,457 and President Trump at 802,160, CNN's Kyung Lah reported.

That is 52% of the vote for Biden, 47% of the vote for Trump in that county, she said.

Why it matters: Maricopa County is the most populous area in the state.

"It is a growing population. How Maricopa goes will mean how Arizona goes. You have to win it here if you want to win it in the rest of the state," Lah said.

CNN's John King is at the magic wall:

9:17 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Biden campaign remains confident in its positions in Arizona and Pennsylvania

From CNN's Arlette Saenz

As more vote counts are expected in Arizona tonight, Joe Biden’s campaign remains confident in their position in the state.

Advisers expect the margin in Maricopa County could narrow this evening, but they do not believe their current standing will be overcome.

Arizona and Nevada, which the campaign is looking to hold, are states Biden only visited once as the Democratic nominee – which is in contrast to those blue wall states on which they focused the bulk of their time.

Some context: The Biden campaign started the day projecting confidence in that blue wall – Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. At this point, two of the three have been called in their favor. Heading into tonight advisers say they remain confident about Pennsylvania with the votes still coming in and remain vigilant about having all the votes counted.

9:01 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It's 9 p.m. ET: This is where the race to 270 stands.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads the race for the White House with 253 electoral votes. President Trump has 213 electoral votes.

With approximately 40,000 votes between Trump and Biden in Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday night that there are still more than 122,000 uncounted ballots in the state.

Based on these projections, this is where the race to 270 currently stands.

Reminder: Each candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.

8:43 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Here are the Pennsylvania areas where counting is still underway. It could further shrink Trump's lead

From CNN's Aditi Sangal / On-air analysis by CNN's John King

On Wednesday morning after Election Day, President Trump led in Pennsylvania with over 600,000 votes. As of 8 p.m. ET, his lead has shrunk and he is ahead with less than 200,000 votes. There are still a lot of votes to be counted and there is reason to believe it will help Joe Biden narrow that gap, CNN’s John King said.

Here’s a snapshot of where these remaining votes are coming from:

Philadelphia is currently reporting about 70% of its votes. Currently, Biden is leading in this area with about 79%. In 2016, Hillary Clinton had won the city with over 82% of votes. With this election seeing a higher turnout, “we have every reason to believe [the number of votes for Joe Biden] is going to go up and go up substantially, which again, helps Joe Biden narrow that gap,” King explained.

Montgomery County is reporting about 92% of its votes, with Biden winning nearly 62% of those. With more mail-in ballots being counted, Biden is winning these votes, King added.

Chester County, that is relatively more conservative than Montgomery County and the city of Philadelphia, is also seeing Biden up by 13 -14 points and he could be expected to rack up some more.

In Luzerne County, Trump is leading with 57% of the counted votes. This is where it is possible for the President to pick up some votes, King said, adding that on the other hand, the outstanding votes here could be mail-in votes that have trend towards Biden so far.

Allegheny County, which is home to Pittsburgh, is seeing 89% of its votes reported. With about 11% of the vote still to be counted, Biden is ahead with 58% of the reported votes in his favor. 

With Biden closing in on 270 electoral votes, Pennsylvania is a crucial state for Trump to win to stay in the race and keep his path to victory open.

CNN's John King reports:

8:34 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Trump's lead in Georgia drops below 40,000 votes as ballot counting continues

With approximately 40,000 votes between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday night that there are still more than 122,000 uncounted ballots in the state.

"Take a look at Georgia right now look how it is narrow so dramatically, Donald Trump leads in the state of Georgia at 95% of the estimated vote is in," CNN's Wolf Blitzer said this evening. "That lead was in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands and now it is at 39,000."
8:54 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

There are now 122,535 uncounted ballots in Georgia, state official says 

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday evening that there are still 122,535 uncounted ballots in the state.

Some of the counties with outstanding votes told CNN that they will finish counting tonight, while others are expected to stretch into tomorrow.

According to Raffensperger’s office, Georgia has tallied about 26,815 votes in the last 30 minutes.

 CNN's Gary Tuchman reports:

9:00 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

How President Trump's attacks on late Sen. John McCain could impact his chances in Arizona 

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

President Trump's sustained personal attacks on the late Republican Sen. John McCain, even after he died in 2018, may now be hurting his chances in Arizona, a state he may need to keep the White House, said CNN's Jake Tapper this evening. 

Trump's "advisers have been begging him for years, 'just stop attacking and insulting one of Arizona's favorite sons, Sen. John McCain,'" said Tapper. "...Yet he was incredibly ungracious and then he continued to attack him when he died."

Tapper pointed out that the late senator's widow, Cindy McCain, a Republican, endorsed Biden in September, saying Trump had displayed "a lack of character, integrity, a lack of values."

"There must be so many people in the White House right now who are just tearing their hair out watching these Arizona returns, thinking 'I told you not to do that,'" added Tapper.

CNN's Dana Bash added that McCain may be getting a "last laugh" on Trump if in fact Arizona votes for Joe Biden.

"Can you imagine the poetry of that if it happens?" she asked.

CNN's Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Abby Phillip discuss: