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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10:40 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins Utah

President Trump will win Utah, CNN projects.

There are six electoral votes at stake in Utah. 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.

11:03 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

"We're nowhere close to the finish line," CNN's John King says

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

Despite President Trump currently leading in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, CNN's John King warns, "we cannot emphasize enough, we're nowhere close to the finish line in any of those states."

"We need to count votes and some of those counts could take until tomorrow," King said.

In each of the "blue wall" states, a majority of early votes still need to be counted.

CNN's John King is at the magic wall:

10:40 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins at least 3 of Nebraska's 5 electoral votes

President Trump will win at least three electoral votes in Nebraska, CNN projects.

There are five total 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.

10:40 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins Kansas

President Trump will win Kansas, CNN projects.

There are six electoral votes at stake in Kansas. 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.

10:28 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Biden wins New Mexico

Joe Biden will win New Mexico, CNN projects.

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

Who won in 2016: Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried the state, and President Trump won the general election.

10:28 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Catch up: Here's where things stand in the House and Senate races

Based on CNN's current projections, this is how the balance of power in Congress is shaping up:

Democrats have 40 seats in the Senate so far. Republicans have 38. Either side needs 51 seats to have a majority.

In the House, Democrats have 84 seats. Republicans have 119.

You can follow live updates on the congressional race here.

10:35 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

How the huge rise in pre-Election Day voting could affect when we get solid results

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

Diane Spiteri clutches her absentee ballot before dropping it off at the city clerk's office in Warren, Michigan, on October 28.
Diane Spiteri clutches her absentee ballot before dropping it off at the city clerk's office in Warren, Michigan, on October 28. David Goldman/AP

Because of unprecedented levels of mail-in ballots and early voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, it still may take some time until we get results tonight and final results may look different to what early results are showing.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, supporters of Democratic nominee Joe Biden have shown a strong preference for mail-in voting. Most of President Trump's supporters said they wanted to vote on Election Day. States count these different types of votes in very different ways.

As a result, in some of the most competitive states – including Texas — early results may look too rosy for former Vice President Joe Biden, before falling back down to earth and becoming more representative of the true outcome. In other states — particularly Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — Trump could see early leads that slowly narrow as more ballots are counted.

This won't be a sign of fraud or irregularities. Rather, it's just a reflection of how states count votes. Some states process early ballots first, and will report those early in the night, while others save them for last.

Here is a breakdown of what to watch for in the pivotal states.

10:14 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

It's just after 10 p.m. ET. This is where the race to 270 stands.

Based on CNN's current projections, Biden has 89 electoral college votes, and Trump has 72 electoral college votes.

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

10:47 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Dana Bash: "There is no landslide" 

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

CNN's Dana Bash said the close race in Florida was an early harbinger that tonight would likely not be the landslide Democrats had hoped for. 

"There is no landslide that we are looking at," she said. "No way given the numbers that we've seen particularly when you start the night in Florida when it's as tight as Florida tends to be."

Bash went on to explain that the Biden campaign appears to have underperformed with Latino voters because of the Trump campaign's work to paint Biden as a socialist had been effective. 

"I'll tell you what [the Biden campaign] thinks went wrong is that the Trump attacks have worked," said Bash. "Calling the Democrats socialist worked with people in that area, in particular."

CNN's Abby Phillip concurred, saying turnout among Latino voters will likely be the area of study for Democrats, once the election is settled. 

"What is happening in Florida, I can tell you, Democrats are not happy about it," said Phillip. "At the end of the day, the situation in Miami-Dade is something that in the autopsy of this election they will be looking back at and trying to figure out what went wrong."

CNN's Dana Bash, Abby Phillip and Jake Tapper explain: