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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12:08 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It's just after midnight ET. This is where things stand.

CNN just projected President Trump will win must-have state of Ohio and picked up 18 additional electoral votes. Based on CNN's current projections, Trump now has 132 electoral college votes while Joe Biden has 205 electoral college votes.

Here's the latest look at where things stand:

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

12:19 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins Ohio

Election workers open and count ballots to be processed at the Franklin County Board of Elections on November 3, in Columbus, Ohio. 
Election workers open and count ballots to be processed at the Franklin County Board of Elections on November 3, in Columbus, Ohio.  Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

President Trump will win Ohio, CNN projects.

There are 18 electoral votes at stake in Ohio. 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.

CNN's John King is at the magic wall:

11:58 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Virginia has become increasingly Democratic over recent election cycles

From CNN's Gregory Krieg

Voters cast their ballots at the old Stone School, used as a polling station, on election day in Hillsboro, Virginia on Tuesday.
Voters cast their ballots at the old Stone School, used as a polling station, on election day in Hillsboro, Virginia on Tuesday. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

CNN projects Joe Biden will notch a win in Virginia. In 13 of the 14 presidential elections before 2008, Virginia went for the Republican nominee. But Barack Obama’s arrival coincided with a shift in the commonwealth’s electorate, powered by suburban voters with college degrees.

Not quite liberal, Virginia has become increasingly Democratic – in the 2018 midterms, Reps. Jennifer Wexton, Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger all flipped GOP seats as the party reclaimed a House majority – and its moderate politics mirror Biden’s.

Virginia was a state in which Trump appeared to have an early lead, but it dissipated as the returns painted a fuller, bluer picture.

11:52 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Biden wins Virginia

Joe Biden will win Virginia, CNN projects.

There are 13 electoral votes at stake in Virginia. 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.

12:19 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Does tonight feel most like 2016, 2018 or 2020?

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

As votes continued to trickle in from across the country late this evening, the presidential race was felt familiar to past elections.

CNN's Jake Tapper said he was unsure if the results so far were most reminiscent of the presidential contest in 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump outpaced the polls, or 2016 when Democrats congressional victories took days to solidify. 

"I don't know if this feels like 2016 when Donald Trump pulled this huge upset and surprised everybody, or feels like 2018, where Democrats had a really good night, it just took longer than a night," said Tapper. 

CNN's Dana Bash, however, presented a third option, saying the results, so far, feel very much like they belong in the year 2020.��

"It feels like 2020 because...  going into tonight, in most of these battleground states, the candidates were within the margin of error," she said. "That by definition means it is a close race in all of these states and that is what we're seeing play out right now." 

Tapper concurred, adding, "it's a divided country. It's a close election."

1:03 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Where things stand in Michigan and Pennsylvania

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Poll observer Sue Carter stands near a polling place while watching for potential voter intimidation on Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan.
Poll observer Sue Carter stands near a polling place while watching for potential voter intimidation on Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan. John Moore/Getty Images

In Michigan and Pennsylvania officials are calling for patience as they deal with a record turnout of voters. 

The states make up the “blue wall” that President Trump captured in 2016.

Michigan: “Across the entire state, they’re expecting record turnout," CNN's Miguel Marquez said, reporting from Detroit, Michigan. "It is not clear how that will affect the vote count for either candidate. We also know they are still counting."

"Those absentee ballots are being counted as well," Marquez added. "We should be seeing some of those votes coming very soon as well."

Marquez went on to report that officials believe in the "next 24 hours or so we’ll have unofficial result of who will win Michigan.”

Pennsylvania: “There is a lot of outstanding votes in the Keystone State and this will not be a process that moves particularly fast," Sara Murray said, reporting from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  

"We know that there's a lot of these big counties, Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Chester County ... they’ll be counting all night long," Murray added.

At news conference held by the Pennsylvania secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, Murray said she told reporters that "we need to stay patient and you also need to be prepared for these vote totals to come through overnight in fits and starts."

CNN's Miguel Marquez and Sara Murray walk through the latest:

11:55 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Virginia's Fairfax County anticipates more absentee results soon

From CNN's Kristen Holmes

Virginia's Fairfax County estimates they will have their roughly 400,000 absentee ballot results in the next couple of hours, likely before 1 a.m. ET, according to Brian Worthy, a county spokesperson.

CNN's Pamela Brown has more:

11:51 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Here's what the scene is like at Biden HQ in Wilmington, Delaware 

From CNN's From Arlette Saenz and Jeff Simon

For the past hour, cars have slowly streamed into the parking lot at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware where Joe Biden’s Election Night event is set to take place.

The set up is similar to past Biden drive-in style events in the Covid-era with attendees arriving in their cars, which are spaced out by red, white and blue traffic cones that have “Biden Harris” bumper stickers on them.

Attendees we’ve spoken to included some state delegates and an older woman who says she’s known Biden for nearly five decades.

One of the attendees said she received an e-mail last night telling her she would be invited to the event and then received a confirmation e-mail tonight around the 9 p.m. ET hour. 

The Biden campaign has not provided an update on when the night’s events might begin. The former vice president remains at home watching returns with his family.

Vehicles sit parked at a drive-in election night event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Chase Center on November 3, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Vehicles sit parked at a drive-in election night event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Chase Center on November 3, in Wilmington, Delaware. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Chairs sit ready for reporters inside circles marked for social distancing as a Covid-19 precaution in the press area at a drive-in election night event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Chase Center.
Chairs sit ready for reporters inside circles marked for social distancing as a Covid-19 precaution in the press area at a drive-in election night event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Chase Center. Win McNamee/Getty Images
A supporter attends a drive-in election night event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Chase Center.
A supporter attends a drive-in election night event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Chase Center. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Watch video from the event:

11:17 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Trump wins Mississippi

President Trump will win Mississippi, CNN projects.

There are six electoral votes at stake in Mississippi. 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.