Election 2020 presidential results

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Jessica Estepa, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 7:32 a.m. ET, November 5, 2020
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12:19 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

200,000 ballots left to be counted in Georgia, secretary of state says

From CNN’s Jason Morris and Wes Bruer

An election worker counts ballots at State Farm Arena on Wednesday, November 4 in Atlanta.
An election worker counts ballots at State Farm Arena on Wednesday, November 4 in Atlanta. Brynn Anderson/AP

About 200,000 ballots are left to be counted in Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.  

Speaking at a press conference at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday, Raffensperger said “every legal ballot will be counted."

Of the approximately 200,000 votes yet to be counted in Georgia, Raffensperger said between 52,000 and 54,000 of them are from Dekalb County. About 74,000 of those are from Fulton County, with 43,000 more early votes that need to be counted. About 7,000 votes have yet to be counted in Forsyth County. 

Raffensperger said officials will immediately begin their work today to certify this election.

"My team has sent a reminder to counties to get all, let me repeat, all results counted today,” Raffensberger said. 

11:48 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

"No, we don't agree with what's coming out of the White House," top GOP official says

From CNN’s Jeff Zeleny

Several top Republicans, including those close to Senate Republican leaders, are privately dismissive of President Trump’s suggestion that ballots shouldn’t be counted after Election Day.

They point to several states, including Alaska, where ballots will be counted for up to 10 days. Sen. Dan Sullivan is among those on the ballot who wants those ballots to be fully counted.

“No we don’t agree with what’s coming out of the White House,” a senior GOP official said. “We see no credible reports of fraud or anything improper.” 

The question, of course, is whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or other Republican senators will say this themselves.

11:47 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It's almost noon on the East Coast, and CNN has not yet projected a winner in these 9 states

It's the day after Election Day, and CNN has not projected a winner in nine states across the country.

Right now, Joe Biden has 224 electoral votes, and President Trump has 213. Remember: It takes 270 votes to win the presidential election.

These are the nine states that have not yet been called, whose electoral votes are still up for grabs:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Georgia
  4. Michigan
  5. Maine
  6. Nevada
  7. North Carolina
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Wisconsin
11:42 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Michigan's Oakland County is waiting on two precincts to report a total

From CNN’s Annie Grayer

Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown told CNN that the county is waiting on absentee ballots from two precincts to be able to report out their unofficial total. 

Brown shared that the two precincts are in Oakland Township, which has a population of roughly 19,000 people. Brown said that the township had approximately 9,000 absentee ballots throughout its eight precincts, and has received the returns from six of those eight precincts. She did not have an exact number, but guessed that the remaining absentee count was around 2,500.

Oakland County is located about 30 miles northwest of Detroit and is the second most populous county in Michigan.

11:55 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Joe Biden's lead widens in Michigan

By Jason Kurtz

A worker checks with an election supervisor at the central counting board in Detroit on November 4.
A worker checks with an election supervisor at the central counting board in Detroit on November 4. Carlos Osorio/AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead in Michigan, one of the key remaining states in the race for the White House.

With a new batch of votes coming in, Biden now holds a wider edge over Trump, with more than 30,000 more votes, though only 92% of the votes are estimated to have been tabulated at this point.

"This is very significant," said CNN's Anderson Cooper, noting that "it had been about 10,000 or so votes, the difference between them."

"It's not a win, he's leading," John King added while digging into the specific Michigan counties from his Magic Wall.

"The fact that his lead is widening and they still have votes to count in Wayne County is an encouraging sign for the Biden campaign," said King, noting that it "doesn't get you the finish line, but it's encouraging."

CNN's John King breaks down Biden's widening lead in Michigan:

11:27 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

At least 2,700 absentee ballots were not counted in one Pennsylvania county, election official says

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Elections Board Chief Clerk Lee Soltysiak testified in court today that 2,700 absentee ballots in the county as of Sunday were considered to have issues and were likely to not be counted.

Some were truly defective ballots, with missing secrecy envelopes or other issues, while the vast majority were ballots that never actually reached a voter and had been returned to the elections board.

This number came up during a hearing this morning that is still ongoing about whether county officials should have given voters an opportunity to cure defective absentee ballots.

Why this is important: The election is far from over and all eyes are on the battleground states right now. There are millions of votes outstanding in key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — ballots that were cast before Election Day that have yet to be counted.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said on Wednesday that "we may not know the results today."

11:15 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Pennsylvania secretary of state: "We are exactly where we said we would be"

By Jason Kurtz

Stay patient: That's the message from Pennsylvania as the Keystone State continues counting votes.

"We're exactly where we said we would be," said Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar during an update from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital.

Boockvar noted that while nearly half of the state's mail-in ballots have been tabulated, "there are still millions of ballots left to be counted."

Four years ago, during the 2016 presidential race, Pennsylvania had 260,000 ballots cast by mail. Four years later, amid a global pandemic, the 2020 figures will shatter that mark.

"I don't know what the totals are going to end up at, but somewhere between 2.5 million and 3 million ballots," said Boockvar, noting that her state "will be at ten times the number of mail ballots" for this election.

Boockvar's primary message as the tabulations continue? "We are going to accurately count every single ballot."

Pennsylvania secretary of state gives update on state's ballots:

10:54 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Biden expected to address Americans today

From CNN’s Sarah Mucha

Joe Biden will address the American people today as the nation awaits election results. 

"We expect that at some point later today that the Vice President will address the American people," Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said on a webstream briefing with reporters. 

11:00 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

New York City could see the highest presidential election turnout ever, deputy mayor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Richard Drew/AP
Richard Drew/AP

As votes continue to be counted, New York City could have the highest turnout ever in a presidential election, according to the city's deputy mayor.

About 1.2 million people voted in-person on election day, with a cumulative turnout of 2.3 million people voting so far, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

There are still “hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots, more to be counted,” de Blasio said.

Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson said “yesterday could equal or surpass the highest turnout we’ve ever had in a presidential election in NYC, and this is during the pandemic, which meant you know people had to take extra precautions.”

While the election is “clearly too close to call” on the presidential level, what is clear is “we had both a huge amount of participation and a clean and fair election all over this city all over this nation,” de Blasio said. “That is a fact,” he added.

“Thank God Election Day came off very smoothly in the scheme of things and certainly attribute that in part to the power of early voting," de Blasio said.

He said officials were worried about a lot of things, including interference from foreign nations, hacking or voter suppression efforts, and violence.

"We didn’t see any of those things thank God," he said.

Here's how the voting numbers break down, according to Thompson:

  • About 1 million people voted early.
  • About 1 million people voted in-person yesterday.
  • An additional 1 million people requested absentee ballots. The city is still waiting to see how many were returned.