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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5:03 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Pennsylvania attorney general files papers at Supreme Court opposing Trump's intervention in pending case

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

Pennsylvania’s attorney general told the Supreme Court Thursday that he objects to the Trump campaign joining a pending dispute concerning late arriving ballots in the Commonwealth.  

The justices are currently considering a case brought by Republicans challenging a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that allowed ballots to be counted up to three days after the election even if they don’t have a legible postmark. The Trump campaign is asking the justices to allow it to become a part of the dispute arguing that the election could come down to those ballots.  

But in legal papers filed Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that the current challenger, the state Republican party, is “capable and willing” to make all the arguments the Trump campaign would make. Shapiro also argued that the case has been pending for weeks and that the campaign “has not provided any justification for its delay in seeking intervention in the court.” 

Some context: Neither the campaign’s request to intervene in the case, nor the Attorney General’s choice to object is unusual. They are normal tactics associated with a legal challenge. 

As things stand, there are more than 10,000 ballots that have arrived after the election. They will only come into play if the race is extremely tight.

Officials in the state have segregated the ballots in question pending the legal dispute but Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told CNN Thursday that they would not likely sway the final outcome. 

“From what we’re tracking so far, you know, counties are reporting anywhere from, smaller counties report from zero to some larger counties reported about 500 ballots received the day after Election Day,” Boockvar said.  

“So, you know, that’s not that many really, so unless it is super close, I don’t see them making or breaking this one way or another. In the meantime, we are counting every ballot,” Boockvar. 

5:07 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Arizona secretary of state: We'll have a more clear picture of where the state stands Friday

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said there's roughly between 400,000 to 450,000 outstanding ballots statewide and just under 300,000 of those ballots are in Maricopa County — the biggest county in the state.

Hobbs told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she expects the bulk of those outstanding ballots to be tabulated by the weekend.

"It sounds like most of the counties are wrapping up tabulation, the bulk of tabulation, by this weekend, Maricopa County included except for some provisional ballots that they actually have until Tuesday to resolve. And so, we're going to know results soon," she said.

Hobbs added, "I think that after today and tomorrow we'll have a really, more clear picture on what Arizona looks like."

Watch here:

4:57 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

What news conferences we expect from battleground states later today

Ballot counting continues in a handful of key states crucial to determining whether Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden or President Trump will win the presidency.

Biden just delivered short remarks from Wilmington, Delaware, and urged Americans to remain calm and patient as votes are counted. Trump has not delivered public remarks today.

Here's what we expect from those states and campaigns in the way of news conferences and polling results later today:

News conferences: 

  • 5 p.m. ET: Trump campaign news conference in North Carolina.
  • 5:15 p.m. ET: Pennsylvania secretary of state is expected to give a news conference. As of Thursday afternoon, Trump held a razor-thin lead over Biden in the state.

Ballot counting results: 

  • 9 p.m. ET: Officials in Arizona's Maricopa County  — the biggest county in Arizona, which includes the Phoenix area  — plan to give their next update.

4:40 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

CNN Projection: Republicans will win these 4 House seats

CNN projects that Republicans will win these House races:

  • Republican Tony Gonzales will win Texas’s 23rd congressional district.
  • Republican Maria Elvira Salazar will win Florida's 27th congressional district, beating Democratic incumbent Rep. Donna Shalala and flipping the seat.
  • Republican incumbent Rodney Davis will win reelection in Illinois' 13th congressional district.
  • Republican Peter Meijer will win Michigan's 3rd congressional district.
4:45 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Biden: "We've got to count the votes"

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury


Joe Biden projected optimism about the election results and vote counts, saying "The process is working."

Biden urged for patience and reiterated that "every vote must be counted."

"The senator and I continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners. So, I ask everyone to stay calm — all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed. And we'll know very soon. So thank you all for your patience but we've got to count the votes," Biden said

Biden spoke from Wilmington, Delaware, after attending a Covid-19 meeting. He briefly acknowledged the pandemic and the lives lost to the virus. "Our hearts go out to each and every family who's lost a loved one to this terrible disease."

Watch Biden's full remarks:

4:25 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Biden just spoke briefly to reporters

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a statement to reporters at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware. He urged patience as the votes are still being counted.

Biden and running mate Kamala Harris just finished up the second of two briefings, according to reporters traveling with the former vice president.

4:06 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Ballots are still being counted in key states. Here's why some are receiving extra scrutiny. 

From CNN's Devan Cole

Ballots continue to be counted in several battleground states, and some of them are receiving extra scrutiny in a process known as ballot adjudication.

Intricacies of the process vary by state and sometimes by county, but it typically involves a small panel of people reviewing a ballot to determine either the voter's intent or whether the ballot can be counted at all based on whether the voter was eligible to cast it.

The adjudication process is underway in a number of the battleground states, including Georgia and North Carolina  — where President Trump and Joe Biden are locked in a close race.

The process could be used in the counting of provisional ballots, which are cast when there's a question about a voter's eligibility, or to count ballots that, for example, might have gotten "physically mangled in the process of trying to put them through a scanning machine," according to Rick Hasen, a CNN contributor and election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.

Hasen stressed that the process is routine and is not unusual for this election," but that "we care about it now because of the prospect of a close election."

He also said that although ballots in these states are being adjudicated, it's unlikely that the process will play an outsized role in the overall vote count in those states.

Read the full story here.

4:10 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

It's 4 p.m. ET. Here's where vote-counting stands in 5 key states.

Poll workers count ballots inside the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, November 5.
Poll workers count ballots inside the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, November 5. Olivier Touron/AFP/Getty Images

The presidential race between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden remains on a razor's edge as election workers in key states continue to count ballots.

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

Here's a look at where vote-counting stands in five key states:

  • Arizona: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Thursday morning that approximately 450,000 ballots are left for the state to count  — with about 300,000 of those coming from populous Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and its suburbs. Hobbs, speaking on NBC, did not have an estimate on how long it would take for the remaining ballots to be counted. She described the remaining ballots as including "early ballots that voters dropped off on Election Day at polling places." She said workers Thursday morning were verifying signatures before the ballots could be tabulated. Eleven electoral votes hang in the balance.
  • Georgia: About 47,000 ballots are outstanding in Georgia as of 3 p.m. ET, election official Gabriel Sterling said in a news conference Thursday. Trump was ahead by fewer than 15,000 votes around midday Thursday, according to the latest reports. Chatham County, which includes Savannah, had the most ballots still uncounted Thursday morning, more than 17,000 votes. Sixteen electoral votes hang in the balance.
  • Nevada: It's hard to determine how many ballots are outstanding in Nevada because the state is one of a handful that mailed ballots to all active registered voters. Election officials will count mail-in ballots received through November 10, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Biden's lead increased to nearly 12,000 votes in Nevada midday Thursday after an updated results release by the state. Officials in Clark County, home to Las Vegas and more than 70% of the state's voters, said they expect to have all of their ballots counted by the end of the weekend. Six electoral votes are at play here.
  • North Carolina Trump leads in North Carolina by more than 75,000 votes, with an estimated 95% reported. The state is not expected to report any additional results until next week. To finish its count, North Carolina is waiting to see if 116,000 outstanding requested absentee ballots are returned by November 12. In North Carolina, an Election Day-postmarked ballot can be counted if it is received by 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 12. But the state still does not know how many of those 116,000 voters chose to instead vote in person or drop off their ballot on Election Day, so the number of potential outstanding votes could shrink. Fifteen electoral votes are at stake here.
  • Pennsylvania: In Pennsylvania, about 370,000 ballots remain to be counted, state officials said. And Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar said election workers could finish tallying "the overwhelming majority" on Thursday and have a clear winner. Mail-in ballots continue to arrive in Pennsylvania where state law allows election officials to receive and count mail-in ballots that arrive by Friday. Boockvar has asked counties to segregate any ballots arriving between 8 p.m. ET November 3 and before 5 p.m. November 6 in light of a possible legal challenge from the Trump campaign. Twenty electoral votes are at stake here.

Read more here.

3:58 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

The race for Georgia: How each candidate can capture the Peach State

Written by CNN's Leinz Vales/ Analysis from David Chalian

President Trump’s lead in Georgia has been “shrinking consistently” since election night, CNN’s David Chalian said as he looked closer at what the President and Joe Biden need to win the Peach State.

“Statewide, Joe Biden would need 63% to 65% of those 48,000 votes that are left to be counted in order to overtake Donald Trump and win Georgia. Donald Trump only needs 34% to 36% of them," Chalian explained.

Currently, Trump has a 12,768-vote lead over the former vice president.

“These votes that are out there to be counted are coming from Democratic powerhouse areas in the suburbs, and it’s the mail vote, which is a Democratic-leaning universe of voters,” Chalian said.

“And so, Joe Biden has been collecting north of 63% to 65% in this last day in Georgia, as votes have been coming in, and if he continues to overperform what he needs here, he can remain quite hopeful that there’s a chance to overtake Donald Trump in Georgia.”

Remember: Sixteen electoral votes are at stake in the state. Both candidates need 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has 213.