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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5:48 a.m. ET, November 5, 2020

It's 2 days after the election, and CNN has not yet projected who will win in six states

People demonstrate in support of counting all votes, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 4.
People demonstrate in support of counting all votes, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 4. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

It's Thursday morning in the US, and the race for the White House is still too close to call. However, as votes continue to come in, former Vice President Joe Biden has edged closer to the 270-electoral-vote threshold needed to win the presidency.

Here are the six states where CNN has not yet made a projection:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
5:39 a.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Race for White House narrows as votes continue to be counted. Here's what you need to know.

From CNN's Maeve Reston and Stephen Collinson

Election personnel handle ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, November 4.
Election personnel handle ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, November 4. Brynn Anderson/AP

The race for the White House is too close to call, but contests are tightening in the key states of Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Ballots are still being counted in several key states, with elections officials expected to provide updates later today.

If you're just reading in, here's what you need to know about the race:

  • Joe Biden notches critical wins: Biden won the key states of Michigan and Wisconsin, fulfilling his promise to rebuild the Democrats' "blue wall" in the Midwest that Donald Trump demolished in 2016.
  • Nevada to release more results: Nevada election officials, who released very little information on Wednesday with an estimated 200,000 ballots outstanding, said they expected to report their newest batch of results at midday Thursday.
  • Trump's lead narrows: As hundreds of thousands of mail-in and early absentee votes are being counted in the key battleground of Pennsylvania, Trump's lead has shrunk dramatically. Many of those outstanding votes are mail-in ballots that were returned in the heavily Democratic area of Philadelphia. The race is also narrowing in Georgia, where Trump's lead slipped throughout Wednesday's count. Georgia's Fulton County — home to the state's capital Atlanta — continued counting ballots throughout the night.
  • Race tightens in Arizona: The race between Biden and Trump is tightening in Arizona. Biden's lead in Maricopa County, the state's most populous county, narrowed overnight. On Wednesday night, Arizona's secretary of state told CNN's John King that more than a half-million votes remain uncounted and suggested Maricopa County's count could take several days.

Where things stand: Biden holds a 253-213 lead in the Electoral College. In addition to Arizona, GeorgiaNevada, and Pennsylvania, the races in Alaska and North Carolina remain still too close to call.

4:58 a.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Catch up: Here's where the presidential race stands

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

It's still too close to call in six states: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Based on CNN's latest projections, this is where the race to 270 currently stands.

CNN projects Biden will win at least three of Maine's four electoral votes, plus Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Virginia, California, Oregon, Washington state, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts and one of Nebraska's five electoral votes. Nebraska and Maine award two electoral votes to their statewide winners and divide their other electoral votes by congressional districts.

CNN projects Trump will win Montana, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee and four of Nebraska's five electoral votes.

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

5:26 a.m. ET, November 5, 2020

The Trump campaign filed a series of lawsuits in key battleground states. Here's what we know.

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

President Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4.
President Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump's team launched a series of lawsuits in key battleground states that seemed less about sound legal reasoning and more about slowing Joe Biden from marching over the electoral vote threshold. 

At times, the lawsuits have contested ballots in the double digits — hundreds if not thousands of votes away of potentially swing any state's result.

"Admitting defeat is not a plausible reaction so soon after the election, so they throw a lot of Hail Mary lawsuits at the wall and hope something sticks," said longtime Republican elections lawyer and CNN contributor Ben Ginsberg. He said these types of suits aren't indicative of a campaign that's feeling optimistic — and instead, is scrambling.

"I think much of the litigation is a longshot and unlikely to succeed," said Franita Tolson, a law professor at USC Gould School of Law and CNN contributor. 

She pointed to a lawsuit in Georgia the Trump campaign announced Wednesday night over a poll worker mixing unprocessed and processed absentee ballots. That might have the potential to affect few votes, she said. 

"I suspect that a big goal of this litigation is, in the short term, to change the narrative" from a potential Biden win to a conversation about election mismanagement or even fraud, Tolson said.

Another law professor and CNN contributor, Rick Hasen, said the lawsuits appeared to be more public relations than serious litigation. "These lawsuits so far are not tackling any major problem that would seem to call overall vote totals into questions," he said.

Justin Levitt, another elections expert and law professor, called some of the suits, like in Michigan, "laughable." 

"One says you didn't put people by absentee dropboxes, so stop the count. Huh?!"

Even a Republican-appointed federal judge in Pennsylvania cast doubt on the validity of a suit from Republicans on Wednesday, when they challenged fewer than 100 ballots that absentee voters corrected in a county outside Philadelphia. At a hearing Wednesday morning, the judge, Timothy Savage, did not rule, yet he suggested the lawyer for Republican canvass observers was seeking to disenfranchise votes. He noted the lawsuit appeared to have other problems in its arguments. 

Some legal challenges in Pennsylvania from the Trump campaign were quickly dismissed on Election Day, with Trump touting his appeals of those losses apparently as new cases Wednesday. For instance, a Philadelphia election day judge had shot down a Trump campaign case over ballot processing access, writing that "observers are directed only to observe and not to audit ballots" and deciding that the city's board of elections complied with the law. Another Election Day challenge from the Trump campaign to the ballot observation process in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, also near Philly, was dismissed by a judge, though Trump is now appealing, according to Pennsylvania court records.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign sued in Nevada on Tuesday, too, claiming that their observers were not given enough access to all aspects of the ballot counting process — from opening the ballots, to machine and manual signature checking and duplicating spoiled ballots. A Nevada judge denied the GOP challenge to the early voting process in the heavily Democratic county.

“If this last-minute suit were successful, it would require a major change in how [Nevada] processed absentee [ballots] to determine if the signature on the ballot matched the voter’s prior signature on file,” said Richard Pildes, a constitutional law professor at New York University and CNN election law analyst. “Courts are typically unwilling to let plaintiffs come in the door so late in the day and ask for major changes to a process that’s already well underway.”

However, one suit, the petition before the US Supreme Court on Pennsylvania's ballot deadline, may be a more serious litigation challenge. It challenges the validity of potentially several thousand votes cast in good faith by voters, but received by officials after the election through the mail. 

For this case to make a difference, Pennsylvania would need to be the deciding state for the election, and the margin of difference between Trump and Biden would need to be a few tens of thousands of votes.

CNN's Maeve Reston and Stephen Collinson contributed to this report.

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

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