Election 2020 presidential results

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

Updated 1317 GMT (2117 HKT) November 7, 2020
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1:18 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Biden's growing lead in Pennsylvania makes it increasingly harder for Trump to catch up

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

Pennsylvania's latest update on ballots shows Biden is increasing his lead in the Keystone State. 

“Joe Biden is not only winning — meaning building his lead — but that lopsided advantage makes it harder and harder, more difficult by the vote count for Donald Trump to catch up,” CNN’s John King said.

The latest update on 2,617 votes came from Bucks County, shows Biden picked up 1,732 votes and Trump picked up 853 votes. Biden got 66% of the vote in Bucks County in the latest batch.

“Every time new votes come in, you have to get more,” King said. “Almost every time new votes come in, it is Joe Biden not only getting more but getting two-thirds of the votes.”

It’s not a giant lead yet, King explains, but Joe Biden is building a lead as an overall trend, with one tiny exception in one of the Republican counties to the north of Pennsylvania.

Currently, approximately 20,000 of the outstanding votes in Pennsylvania are still in Philadelphia County, where Joe Biden has been getting over 80% of the votes with each batch, King noted, adding that the mail-in ballots are consistently delivering a higher percentage of votes in each batch to Biden.

There are approximately 175,880 absentee ballots left to be counted across Pennsylvania, according to the election site. 

As Biden approaches a margin of 10,000 votes over Trump in Pennsylvania, history shows that once you get to that number, it can be almost “impossible” to overturn in legal challenges or recounts, King added.

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12:36 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Pelosi celebrates election results and projects optimism after complaints from House Democrats

From CNN's Haley Byrd and Kristin Wilson

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters during her weekly news conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol on November 6 in Washington, DC.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters during her weekly news conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol on November 6 in Washington, DC. Al Drago/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the election results that have been tabulated so far on Friday morning, arguing Democrats will have a strong mandate to shape policy with Joe Biden as president even though Democrats lost seats in the House and may not take control of the Senate.

“We did not win every battle in the House, but we did win the war,” she said at her weekly news conference.

She added that she believes Biden and Democrats in Congress will hopefully “do great things” in the new year. 

Her comments came as rank-and-file House Democrats have raised concerns and complained to leadership about the party’s performance on Tuesday.

Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Cheri Bustos said on the morning of Election Day that they expected to grow their majority, perhaps by double digits. Instead, their majority will be smaller in the new Congress after some vulnerable members lost their seats.

But Pelosi projected optimism, saying she views the situation as “a tremendous opportunity."

“Some members had some concerns about what happened in their district, but most of the people who expressed their concerns won. Most of them won,” she said.

She defended the losses, saying Democrats were fighting for seats in Trump districts that they first won in 2018, when he wasn’t on the ballot. She claimed some of those seats were “almost insurmountable” with Trump on the ballot this year.

Asked how she will navigate philosophical differences between members of a smaller caucus, Pelosi said Democrats have varying views but hold unifying principles, namely “America’s working families.”

"I would say we have a healthy difference of opinion within our caucus, but not in any way to be problematic in how we legislate,” she said.

She also addressed a heated conference call members had yesterday, in which some moderates aired grievances related to the election messaging, saying Democrats have “beautiful dynamism” in their caucus.

"What the conversation was about was what is the winning message outside,” she said. "And the message in the districts that we have to win is the message that unifies us. A message for America’s working families. Everybody knows that."

12:33 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Romney: Trump’s comments about stolen election damages "cause of freedom here and around the world"

From CNN's Manu Raju

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday that President Trump's comments about a stolen election "damages the cause of freedom here and around the world," going further than the rest of the Senate GOP conference. 

See his tweet and full statement:

Read CNN's fact check of Trump's remarks here.

12:53 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Biden planning to give prime-time address tonight

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny 

Plans are being made for Joe Biden to speak in prime-time tonight.

He'll deliver what aides believe will be a victory speech. But that, of course, depends on the timing of the race being called.

His running mate Kamala Harris is also expected to deliver remarks tonight ahead of Biden’s speech, per a campaign aide. 

It’ll be the first time we hear from the vice presidential hopeful since Election Day. 

The stage is a beehive of activity today, with aides repositioning jeeps and a variety of things, preparing for tonight.

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports from Biden HQ in Delaware:

12:31 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Trump's campaign says Georgia "is headed for a recount." Here's how a candidate-requested recount works.

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on November 5 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on November 5 in Washington, DC. Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump's campaign has said Georgia — where Joe Biden is narrowly leading — is "heading for a recount."

“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail, Trump campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in the statement.

Remember: There is no automatic recount in Georgia. A candidate has to request a recount after results are certified.

Here's how that process works:

  1. Counties have to certify their elections by Nov. 13 at the latest.
  2. Then the state conducts “a risk limiting audit.” 
  3. Then the state has to certify it election by Nov. 20 at the latest.
  4. Whoever comes in second place – be it Trump or Biden – can request a recount only after state certification and only if results are within 0.5%.

Earlier this morning, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state's election results are too close to call.

12:17 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Biden's lead in Nevada slightly widens with latest ballot count update

On-air Analysis from CNN's John King / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Joe Biden's lead in Nevada slightly increased with the latest batch of votes coming in from the state.

With 91% of the vote currently reported, Biden is up about 20,000 votes, CNN's John King said.

"That's a modest lead, right? But just as in the other states when we get the new votes, what do we do? We look at the trajectory of the race," King said.

In Clark County, a large population area in Nevada, Joe Biden received 19,995 votes in the latest ballot drop, and President Trump received 9,357, King reported. That means Joe Biden received 65% of the votes.

"This tells you all you need to know. In the new votes Joe Biden gets 65%. Statewide, he's just shy of 50% ... So, new votes come, Joe Biden is doing better, he builds the lead," King explained
"Donald Trump, right now, knowing that he's behind in Pennsylvania, behind in Georgia, behind in Arizona. If the dynamics of the race are going to change, Donald Trump cannot keep coming in underneath Joe Biden and he certainly can't keep coming in with Joe Biden getting 65% when we get a batch of new votes," King added.

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11:53 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

It's almost noon ET. This is who's leading in 5 states that could decide the presidency.

The race for the White House is still too close to call.

CNN has not yet made a projection in several key states, and neither Joe Biden nor President Trump have received the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Right now, Biden has 253 electoral votes to Trump's 213. If Biden wins Pennsylvania, he's over the 270 electoral vote threshold.

Here's a look at where things stand in five key states we're watching right now:

11:49 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

CNN Projection: Democrat Mark Kelly wins GOP-held Arizona Senate seat

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly speaks to supporters during the Election Night event at Hotel Congress on November 3 in Tucson, Arizona.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly speaks to supporters during the Election Night event at Hotel Congress on November 3 in Tucson, Arizona. Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Former astronaut Mark Kelly, a Democrat, will win the Senate race in Arizona, defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Martha McSally, CNN projects. The late Sen. John McCain once held this seat.

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11:33 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Biden campaign was anticipating Arizona tightening

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny 

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks while flanked by vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris, at The Queen theater on November 5 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks while flanked by vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris, at The Queen theater on November 5 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon anticipated President Trump gaining a bit of ground in Arizona's Maricopa County, which led her to issue this gentle warning yesterday: “Folks are going to need to stay patient and stay calm.”

They had expected Trump to close the gap in Arizona’s largest county – but they still believe Biden has more support coming in from the 220,000 uncounted votes in the state. They remain confident he will carry the state.

The Biden campaign remains focused on Pennsylvania today. They were hoping Pennsylvania would be called before the Arizona development, an aide said, but they insist it doesn’t change the trajectory of things.

They're still confident Biden is on the cusp of being declared president.