Presidential election results 2020

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

Updated 2:44 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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2:45 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

What we know about the pace of counting in Wisconsin

From CNN's Casey Tolan and Caroline Kenny

There are still plenty of uncounted ballots in Wisconsin, and many of the local officials say they’ll wrap up in the next few hours.

Here's what we know:

Milwaukee County, the state's most populous, Democratic stronghold:

All in-person, Election Day ballots have been counted, a spokesperson for the county clerk’s office told CNN. The county is still waiting on 169,341 early and mail ballots from the city of Milwaukee, which are expected to be done around 4 a.m. ET. Also outstanding are a total of about 75,000 ballots from four other suburban municipalities within the county – Oak Creek, Franklin, Wauwatosa and West Allis, which are expected to come in before the city of Milwaukee.

Brown County, includes Green Bay:

All municipalities are fully reporting except for Green Bay. Currently, no results from Green Bay are reporting, Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno told CNN. They are not going to report results from Green Bay until they finish the absentee count, then they will report the absentee and the in-person Election Day results together all at once. That will likely be between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET. They don't have a total ballot number for how much is outstanding but it's about 32,000 absentee plus more in-person.

Waukesha County, Milwaukee suburbs and a typical GOP stronghold:

Waukesha County Clerk Meg Wartman told CNN that all results will likely be reported by 2 a.m. ET, though that time has come and gone already. They are still waiting for about 40,000 absentee votes from Brookfield and New Berlin.

Outagamie County:

Now at 93% of expected vote, despite the problems CNN reported earlier with them having to transfer data from about 13,500 misprinted ballots to new ballots.

Dane County, includes Madison, a Democratic stronghold:

Dane is now completely done counting, according to a tweet from clerk Scott McDonell.

Rock County:

The county is totally done counting, the clerk told CNN.

2:21 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Biden ally on state of the race: "Still rather be us than them"

From CNN's MJ Lee

We heard Joe Biden say that the campaign feels “good about where we are.” That wasn’t spin. As we head into the early hours of the morning after Election Day, the Biden camp is cautiously optimistic.

As one Biden ally put it – “Still rather be us than them.” Put simply, the Biden campaign still believes they’ve got a more realistic path to 270 at this point than Trump does.

To be clear, this certainly hasn’t panned out to be the anywhere near the best case, sweep scenario that some on team Biden had dared to fantasize about – Florida is gone; Ohio is gone; Texas is gone. All three are states that Biden had made a push for in the end, even knowing that they would be very competitive or reaches.

But as Biden himself said, the campaign is very much still counting on and feeling good about states like Pennsylvania, and counting on the "Blue Wall" states to come through for them. They also believe they are in the game in Georgia – a win there, of course would be huge.

Bottom line: Team Biden believes that they are on track to win this election. It is just anybody’s guess when that official call will actually come.

2:10 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It's just after 2 a.m. ET: Here's where things stand in the race to 270.

President Trump picked up Iowa and Texas, and Joe Biden carried Rhode Island, CNN projects.

Based on CNN's current projections, Biden now has 220 electoral votes while Trump has 213 electoral votes.

Here's the latest look at where things stand:

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

2:09 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Trump will speak soon from the White House

Source: Pool
Source: Pool

President Trump is expected to speak soon from the East Room in the White House.

He tweeted earlier that he would be speaking.

2:04 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

The single electoral vote Biden won in Nebraska could be significant

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

The entrance to a polling station at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday.
The entrance to a polling station at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday. Nati Harnik/AP

The single electoral vote Joe Biden captured in Nebraska could be significant as votes from the midwestern states and Pennsylvania come in, said CNN's John King.

Noting that the one electoral vote is Biden's only flip on the map from 2016 so far, King pointed out that in a race as close as this one, every vote can be crucial. 

"When you have a race that shapes up to be this close every one counts," said King. "So you'll take it if you get it."

CNN's John King explains why:

1:37 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins Montana

President Trump will win Montana, CNN projects.

There are three electoral votes at stake in Montana. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election.

Who won in 2016: President Trump carried the state and won the general election.

1:34 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

CNN Projection: Biden wins 1 electoral vote in Nebraska, Trump wins total of 4 electoral votes

Joe Biden will win one electoral vote in Nebraska, and President Trump will win an additional vote, giving him total of four out of five votes.

There are five electoral votes at stake in Nebraska. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election.

Nebraska allows electoral votes to be split. In Nebraska, two of five electoral votes go to the winner of the statewide vote. One electoral vote goes to the winner in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.

Who won in 2016: President Trump carried the state and won the general election.

1:25 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Twitter labels an early Wednesday morning tweet from Trump as "disputed"

From CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan

Twitter placed a “disputed” label on a tweet sent just minutes ago by President Trump in which he baselessly claimed, "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election.” 

"Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process,” the Twitter label reads.  

Twitter has also restricted how the tweet can be shared. The same post was also posted to the President’s Facebook page.

In statement, Twitter said, “We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election. This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy.”

The same post was also posted to the President’s Facebook page. CNN has reached out to Facebook for comment.

1:45 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

What we know about the pace of counting in Michigan

From CNN's Miguel Marquez and Annie Grayer

An election worker helps to secure ballots at Ford Field on November 3, in Detroit, Michigan.
An election worker helps to secure ballots at Ford Field on November 3, in Detroit, Michigan. Elaine Cromie/Getty Images

With many votes still outstanding in Michigan, here is what we know about what type of ballots are still outstanding and how long local officials in some of the biggest counties think it will take to get a completed count. 

Michigan is a key state for the presidential candidates and 16 electoral votes are at stake.

Here's a look at where things stand in some key counties:

  • Wayne County: CNN is still waiting for a comprehensive look from the Wayne County Clerk. But Detroit City Deputy Clerk Andre Gilbert told CNN that Detroit, the largest city in Wayne County, will have full unofficial results “probably early morning,” with Election Day votes finishing up soon, and absentee ballots taking longer. Based on the last official report CNN received from Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, there are approximately 92,000 absentee ballots still outstanding in the city of Detroit. 
  • Macomb County: Macomb County Clerk Fred Miller told CNN that almost all Election Day votes have already been counted, amounting to approximately 190,000 votes. Miller said he is waiting on approximately 250,000 absentee ballot results. Previously, Miller had predicted to CNN that it would take until 7 a.m. Wednesday to get the county fully counted. 
  • Kent County: Kent County Clerk Elections Director Gerrid Uzarski said “about half” of the county’s 30 jurisdictions are fully reported. He said the biggest chunk of outstanding ballots are absentee ballots. Uzarski estimated that the county would be able to fully report its unofficial results, including mail ballots, by noon Wednesday.
  • Oakland County: Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown told CNN that the county is mostly waiting on absentee ballot results from municipalities that did not participate in the county-wide absentee counting board. Brown reported that 502,000 total ballots have been counted in the county, and 144,000 of those are absentee ballots. Brown told CNN she does not know how many votes are outstanding.