Election 2020 presidential results

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Fernando Alfonso III, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT) November 6, 2020
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3:53 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Here's who is leading in the 5 key states

We're tracking the narrow margins of votes in key states. Here are the latest figures:

The latest vote totals show President Trump's lead narrowing in Georgia. He's leading Joe Biden by 463 votes there.

Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, and Trump has 213.

Remember: Each candidate needs to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

Get full details and results in CNN's Election Center.

2:41 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Clayton County's final 3,500 mail-in ballots will be counted within "hours," says elections director

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

Clayton County in Georgia has just 3,500 of its 30,000 mail-in and provisional ballots left to count, the director of the county's board of elections, Shauna Dozier, told CNN early this morning. 

She said her team does not plan to break until every ballot is counted, which should be within hours.

"We are going to stay here until every single absentee ballot is counted," she told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "We are going to continue forward ... whatever it takes to get that done, we're going to do it. We're committed."

Dozier also asked for patience from the American people, saying her office received just 3,170 absentee ballots in 2016, compared to 30,000 this year.

Once the mail-in ballots have been counted, the only remaining uncounted votes from the county will be military ballots, which are due at 5 p.m. ET Friday. Dozier said she was unaware of how many military ballots officials may receive. 

Clayton County, a suburb of Atlanta which trends Democratic, could put President Trump's path to the presidency in serious peril, CNN's John King noted earlier this evening. 

CNN's Chris Cuomo speaks to Shauna Dozier:

2:00 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

It's 2 a.m. ET. Here's who is leading in the 5 key states.

We're tracking the narrow margins of votes in key states. See the latest figures below, and get full details and results in CNN's Election Center.

Joe Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, and President Trump has 213.

Remember: Each candidate needs to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

1:57 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Much of the Biden team is still up monitoring results, especially from Pennsylvania

From CNN's Jason Carroll

Even at this late hour, much of the Biden team is up monitoring the results coming in- especially those results from Pennsylvania, a source familiar tells CNN.

The feeling is Friday could be the day that Biden reaches 270. Though it has been said before, the campaign reiterated that when all the votes are counted Biden will have a decisive win in the state.

Why the state matters: There are 20 electoral votes at stake in Pennsylvania. President Trump cannot be reelected if he doesn't win there, no matter how many other states he wins. Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, and President Trump has 213.

1:43 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

This is where the balance of power stands in the Senate

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

As results from congressional races continue to filter in, here's how the balance of power in the Senate looks right now.

Republicans have sharply cut Democrats' chances of taking back the Senate, winning a series of contests across the country on the coattails of President Trump.

Democrats currently have won 47 seats with one pickup in Colorado, while Republicans have won 47 seats with one pick up in Alabama.

There are currently are four undecided races in the Senate. Either side needs 51 seats to control the upper chamber, or 50 if their presidential candidate wins, since the vice president may cast a deciding vote. 

In the House, Democrats have 208 seats and Republicans have 196. The party that has at least 218 seats will control that chamber.

Here's what we know about the undecided Senate races:

Arizona: The former astronaut Democrat Mark Kelly holds a comfortable lead over Sen. Martha McSally, the Republican incumbent, with a 103,000 vote advantage with 89% of the vote now in. 

Georgia: Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue is 101,000 votes ahead of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff with 10,000 ballots remaining to be counted. Perdue has a 2.1% advantage but remains 0.1% short of the majority required under Georgia to avoid a runoff election on Jan. 5.

Georgia special election: Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock is leading Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler by 329,000 but is far shy of the 50% percent majority required to win the seat outright and avoid a runoff. That seat is headed for a special election on Jan. 5.

Alaska: With 47% of the vote in, incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan leads Democrat Al Gross with 108,488 votes to 54,755.

1:36 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Report: Police investigating alleged plot to attack Pennsylvania Convention Center

From CNN’s Joe Sutton and Dave Alsup

Police are investigating a potential attack plot at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, first reported by CNN affiliate WPVI.

“Police got a tip about a group, possibly a family, driving up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center,” according to WPVI.  

Philadelphia Police tells WPVI "they recovered a weapon and believed they recovered the Hummer they received a tip about.”

Votes are being counted inside of the convention center.  

Police tell CNN affiliate KYW they were alerted to the threat around 10 p.m. local time on Thursday.

The threat involved a group of individuals from out of state, police tells KYW.   

At least one person has been taken into custody, both WPVI and KYW reports.  

Philadelphia district attorney's office spokesperson Jane Roh told CNN the office could not comment on the investigation.

CNN has reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the convention center for comment. 

CNN's Alexandra Field has more:

1:00 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

It's 1 a.m. ET. Here's who is leading in the 5 key states.

We're tracking the narrow margins of votes in key states. See the latest figures below, and get full details and results in CNN's Election Center.

Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has 213. Each candidate needs to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

12:39 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

No additional vote count updates expected from Georgia's secretary of state tonight

From CNN's Jason Morris

Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will not provide another update again tonight, according to his press secretary Ari Schaffer.

At last update, the state still had 14,097 votes left to count.

President Trump is currently leading Biden in the state by a mere 1,805 votes.

Here is the breakdown of outstanding ballots by county from the last update released at 10:35 p.m. ET:

  • Clayton County: 4,355
  • Cobb County: 700
  • Floyd County: 444
  • Forsyth County: 1,545
  • Gwinnett County: 4,800
  • Laurens County: 1,797
  • Taylor County: 456
12:21 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Why the huge rise in pre-Election Day voting has affected who is leading in Pennsylvania

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University on Wedensday, November 4, in Pennsylvania.
Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University on Wedensday, November 4, in Pennsylvania. Matt Slocum/AP

Since the beginning of the pandemic, supporters of Democratic nominee Joe Biden have shown a strong preference for mail-in voting. Most of President Trump's supporters said they wanted to vote on Election Day. States count these different types of votes in very different ways.

As a result, in some states — particularly in Pennsylvania — Trump saw an early lead that is now narrowing as more ballots are counted.

This isn't a sign of fraud or irregularities. Rather, it's just a reflection of how states count votes. Some states process early ballots first, while others save them for last.

This phenomenon, known as the "blue shift," is common in recent US elections and it's a big reason why Trump, despite election law and common decency to the contrary, has argued that whoever appears to have won on Election Night should be crowned the winner.

That's not the way it works, of course. Ballots in North Carolina and Pennsylvania can arrive in the days after Election Day as long as they have a Nov. 3 postmark.

In Pennsylvania, election officials couldn't do anything with early ballots until Election Day. Some counties didn't even pick them up until the day after Election Day.

Read more here