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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1:00 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Ohio governor says he thinks Trump “squeaks out” a win in the state

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks with CNN on Tuesday, November 3.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks with CNN on Tuesday, November 3. CNN

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he thinks Ohio will know the results of the presidential election tonight. 

Early ballots will be counted first, DeWine told CNN’s Erin Burnett. 

“The early numbers that will come back will be those early votes, those would be the absentee. One would expect that Biden at that point would be ahead and then the rest of the night, frankly, is the President trying to catch Biden. And you know, he either will or he won't. I think he will. I think it's going to be a very, very close race. I think the President squeaks it out,” DeWine said. 

The governor said he thinks Trump will perform well in rural areas of the state. 

“I think he could exceed even the votes he got the last time,” DeWine said. “…I think the intensity is there. The ground game it seems to me, from what I can observe for the Trump team, you know, has been a lot better than the ground game for the Biden team.” 


12:59 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

More than 102 million pre-election ballots have been cast

From CNN's Adam Levy, Ethan Cohen, and Liz Stark

Volunteers process absentee ballots at Ramsey County's absentee ballot count center on November 2 in St Paul, Minnesota.
Volunteers process absentee ballots at Ramsey County's absentee ballot count center on November 2 in St Paul, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

More than 102 million Americans have voted nationwide before the polls opened on Election Day, according to a survey of election officials by CNN, Edison Research, and Catalist.   

These votes represent more than 48% of registered voters nationwide. 22 states and Washington, DC have seen more than half of their registered voters cast ballots already.   

Pre-Election Day voting has skyrocketed nationwide amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At least seven states, including Texas, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Montana and Oregon, have surpassed their total turnout from the 2016 general election in recent days.  

In an additional seven states and DC, the pre-election vote represents at least 90% of their 2016 total vote – Utah, New Mexico, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. 

Nationwide, the 102.7 million ballots already cast represents 75% of the more than 136.5 million ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election.   

39 states and Washington, DC have crossed their halfway marks for total 2016 ballots cast, including 14 of CNN’s 16 most competitively-ranked states - Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio.  

A little less than half of the votes already cast this cycle comes from those 16 key states, which will play a crucial role in determining who wins the presidency this year. 

Some voter information comes from Catalist, a company that provides data, analytics and other services to Democrats, academics and nonprofit issue-advocacy organizations and is giving insights into who is voting before November.   

Here's a breakdown of early voting by state so far:

12:54 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Biggest Iowa county has counted all absentee ballots received before Election Day

From CNN’s Katie Lobosco

The biggest county in Iowa, which includes Des Moines, has finished counting all absentee ballots received through Monday, according to a tweet from the Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald. 

The results from those ballots will be posted shortly after polls close at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT.)

Polk County went for Hillary Clinton by 11 points in 2016.

The county has more than 300,000 registered voters and more than 136,731 had already voted or sent in an absentee ballot through Saturday.

Of those early voters, 58% were registered Democrats, 23% were registered Republicans, and 19% were not registered with either party.

Iowans still have time to return their absentee ballots. They will be counted as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 2 and arrive by Nov. 9.

12:46 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Here's where the candidates are today

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to residents in his old hometown Scranton, Pennsylvania, on November 3.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to residents in his old hometown Scranton, Pennsylvania, on November 3. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden started his day at his home in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended mass at his Catholic church and spent a brief visit to his son Beau Biden's grave site, also visiting the grave site of his late wife and baby daughter. 

From there, Biden traveled to his old hometown Scranton, Pennsylvania. He stopped by his boyhood home, writing on the wall: "From this house to the White House with the Grace of God, Joe Biden November 3rd, 2020."

Biden has just landed in Philadelphia, where he's making a few stops trying to get out the vote. Then he's going to return to Wilmington. He'll be watching the returns from his home and then move to an election center. 

President Trump left the White House a short time ago and arrived at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to the press pool traveling with the President.

From the pool:

"The motorcade rolled out of the White House down 17th Street and took I-66 across the river to Arlington, taking the exit for Rosslyn. We passed a large group of Trump supporters as we rolled through the streets. They appear to be waiting outside HQ."

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to spend Election Night at the White House.

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports from Wilmington, Delaware:

12:34 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN reporters tell us what races they're watching closely tonight

From CNN's Janelle Davis

As the race for the White House comes to a close, there are several key states that remain a toss-up. CNN’s political correspondents and reporters tell us what races they're watching and why:

CNN Political Correspondent Abby Phillip is watching Arizona:

"This Election Day, I'm looking at the state of Arizona. It is a red state, but this year, it is very much in play. I'm hoping that they're able to count their ballots pretty quickly, so we can have a sense of what's going on in that state. And whether Joe Biden has a shot of flipping a state that Donald Trump won four years ago."

Arizona’s increasingly diverse and suburban electorate has rapidly turned what was once a GOP stronghold into a swing state with 11 electoral votes up for grabs. Polls close in Arizona at 9 p.m. ET.

Read more on Arizona here.

Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash is watching Pennsylvania:

"On Election Day, I'm going to be watching Pennsylvania like a hawk. It's really critical for both candidates in each path to 270 that magic number to get the presidency. And it is so close."

Pennsylvania polls close at 8 p.m. ET. It's the largest electoral vote prize of the "blue wall" states with 20 electoral votes up for grabs, and polls have shown it could be the most competitive. Biden and Trump both barnstormed the state in the race's final days, underscoring its importance.

Read more on Pennsylvania here.

Senior Political Reporter Nia-Malika Henderson is watching Georgia

"The state I'm going to be watching most closely on election night is Georgia. Sixteen electoral votes up for grabs. Two open Senate seats as well. Can a Democrat flip that state in the Sun Belt region. So, my eyes are on the Peach State."

Georgia will be the first true battleground of the night, with 16 electoral votes. It’s poll close at 7 p.m. ET. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio are crucial to the President's narrow path to victory. The Southeastern states are expected to count votes relatively quickly, offering an early window into Trump's chances of winning reelection.

Read more on Georgia here.

12:35 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Florida secretary of state says no reported voting security issues

From CNN's Curt Devine

Voters fill out their ballots at a polling place in Miami Beach, Florida, on November 3.
Voters fill out their ballots at a polling place in Miami Beach, Florida, on November 3. Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel Lee said that no voting security issues have been reported in the state so far Tuesday.  

She said at a news conference there may be isolated precincts in two counties – Lake County, in Central Florida, and Lee County, in Southwest Florida — that had “some technology challenges this morning.” But she said these issues will not prevent any voters from casting ballots. 

She also said that “misinformation and disinformation continues to be an active threat,” though she said no new concerning messages had been reported Tuesday.  

Asked by CNN’s Drew Griffin for examples of misinformation, she referenced the previously reported threatening emails sent to voters that were made to appear as though they were sent by the Proud Boys, a far-right group, though she said Iran was determined to be behind those emails. 

“Our databases are secure,” Lee said. 

At the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida National Guard has been mobilized in the state “out of an abundance of caution,” Lee said.  

12:23 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

This 22-year-old says police violence against Black people prompted him to vote

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Lewis McCaleb, a 22-year-old first-time voter, speaks with CNN.
Lewis McCaleb, a 22-year-old first-time voter, speaks with CNN. CNN

Lewis McCaleb, a 22-year-old first-time voter in St. Paul, Minnesota, said the death of George Floyd helped spur him to vote this Election Day. 

“I don't feel safe as a Black man living in America. I don't. But I understand the lay of the land. And I understand that a lot of these things are systematically organized. So we must systematically make changes, so that is why I'm going here, I'm exercising my right to vote,” he told CNN correspondent Adrienne Broaddus. 

McCaleb wore a hoodie with the words “We Will Breathe” to his polling location, which he told Broaddus was a form of protest for him. He also wrote the names of Black men and women who have been killed by police on the back of his ballot, Broaddus reported. 


12:38 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Democratic leaders confident they will pick up House seats tonight

From CNN's Haley Byrd and Manu Raju

Cheri Bustos speaking during a news conference on Election Day. 
Cheri Bustos speaking during a news conference on Election Day.  C-Span

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Cheri Bustos, expressed confidence Democrats will expand their House majority tonight.

On a Zoom conference call with reporters, Bustos said the party is “well-positioned to have a good night.” 

“We have built the foundation to be successful. I believe we will hold onto the majority. I believe we will grow the majority,” she said.

She declined to predict how many seats Democrats will gain. 

“We’re not going to put a number to it,” she said, adding that “you make your own luck going into any election.”

Bustos also said Democratic leaders are preparing for “extended counts and even potential recounts” after Election Day.

“We must hear every voice. We must count every vote. And that is how we safeguard our democracy,” she said.

On the call, Nancy Pelosi reiterated her advice to Democratic voters:

“Be confident, be calm, be patient. Because we are prepared. But do not be celebrating until everyone across the country has a chance to vote,” she said.
"We don’t want to deter any voting because people think the election is over for the president.”
“The stakes of this election are clear. This election is about nothing less than taking back the soul of America. Whether our nation will follow the voices of fear, or whether we will choose hope, liberty, and justice for all,” Pelosi added.

She said she believes Joe Biden will be inaugurated in January. 

“Whoever wins the election will be, and we respect that — the peaceful transfer of power,” Pelosi said.
“We are ready — legally, constitutionally, congressionally in every way — to protect our democracy from any skullduggery the President may try to introduce into this, but be assured that our democracy will survive,” she added.

 Speaker Pelosi holding an Election Day news conference.
 Speaker Pelosi holding an Election Day news conference. C-Span

However, Pelosi refused to answer CNN’s Manu Raju when asked if she would abide by her promise to only serve as speaker through the end of 2022. In order to secure the votes for speaker in 2019, Pelosi promised she would only serve as speaker for this current Congress and the next Congress, which begins in January.

"That's the least important question you could ask today," Pelosi said. “The fate of our nation, the soul of the nation is at stake in this election.”
"One of these days, I will let you know what my plans are when it's appropriate and it matters. It doesn't matter right now,” she added.

11:56 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020

All of Milwaukee's 173 polling places opened successfully, mayor says

From CNN's Casey Tolan

A voter receives his ballot at a polling station inside the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language School on Election Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 3, 2020.
A voter receives his ballot at a polling station inside the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language School on Election Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 3, 2020. Bing Guan/Reuters

Officials in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, say they haven’t received any reports about problems so far, either at polling places or at the city’s absentee ballot counting center. 

“No news is good news,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “We’re off to a great start.” 

All of the city’s 173 polling places opened successfully, Barrett added.

At the central count location where volunteers are tallying about 175,000 absentee ballots today, more volunteers showed up than expected, Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogg said. 

“Poll workers turned out in just phenomenal numbers today so we’re confident our polling places are fully staffed,” she said. 

As of 10 a.m., there have been no disruptions at the central count location and no valid challenges of absentee ballots by election observers or vote-counters, Woodall-Vogg said. 

Barrett noted that the city’s absentee voting numbers “shatters all records” set in previous elections. He reminded Milwaukee voters that they have until 7:30 p.m. to return ballots to the city’s 15 dropboxes and that anyone who is standing in line at the polls at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.