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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7:25 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

There's been no formal communication between Biden and Trump today

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

There has been no formal communication between Joe Biden and President Trump today, a person close to Biden said. 

Biden didn’t mention the President in his remarks here, even as he extended an olive branch to Trump supporters and pledged to be the president for all Americans – whether they voted for him or not.

But Biden’s tone was unmistakable today – he did not aggressively go after the President or talk about him in a mocking tone as he often did on the campaign trail. He did not attack him on Twitter. A positive tone was set – even as they put teams of lawyers in place to prepare to challenge Trump’s lawsuits.

If tradition holds, the two men will have to talk at some point – when a winner is known.

The Biden campaign says that if that time comes, they know how to reach Trump – they still have the number of the White House.

7:21 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Awkward silence abroad as the US presidential election remains in limbo

From CNN’s Luke McGee

The world was well aware that the US presidential election was unlikely to conclude quickly. 

Record early and mail-in voting meant that America’s allies would have to sit tight and wait to see which of the wildly different candidates would occupy the most powerful office on earth for the next four years. 

Even if incumbent President Trump were a traditional candidate who could be trusted to respect the election result, any diplomat worth their salt would remain tight-lipped until they knew exactly who they’d be dealing with at NATO, the United Nations and every other international forum. Commenting on another country’s electoral process before it’s complete is not common; neither is the incumbent prematurely declaring victory and making up his own election rules.

This election matters more to US allies than any other in recent memory. It’s frankly impossible to do anything significant on the world stage without the president’s buy-in, and Trump has a clear view of America’s role in the world: He pulled out of the World Health Organization in a pandemic. He talks about withdrawing funding for NATO, music to Russia and China’s ears. He tore up a treaty that stopped Iran from making nuclear weapons and withdrew from an agreement on climate change. 

No matter how difficult Trump is to deal with, a good relationship with the White House is essential. It does, however, put allies in a tight spot when Trump decides to attack the democratic process itself. Dominic Raab, Britain’s foreign secretary, has already faced backlash for refusing to condemn Trump’s wild claims. He tweeted sheepishly later that the “UK-US relationship is in great shape and we are confident it will go from strength to strength whichever candidate wins the election.”

The bigger picture: Over the past four years, it’s become clear that Trump has no problem with punishing people he feels besmirch him.

Suggesting that he might be trying to delegitimize the election is probably a swift way to get allies taken off his Christmas card list. So after decades of criticizing other countries when a fair democratic process appears to be under threat, most of America’s friends are waiting this one out in silence.

Allies will be quick to start building relationships with a President-elect Joe Biden if that’s how this shakes out. But right now, they cannot risk upsetting sitting President Trump. And the longer the battle for the presidency goes on, the more awkward that silence could be to maintain. 

7:22 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Here’s what Joe Biden needs to pick up Georgia's electoral votes

From CNN's Leinz Vales / Analysis by John King and David Chalian

Democratic and Republican representatives review absentee ballots at the Fulton County Election preparation Center Wednesday, November 4, in Atlanta.
Democratic and Republican representatives review absentee ballots at the Fulton County Election preparation Center Wednesday, November 4, in Atlanta. John Bazemore/AP

As President Trump's lead in Georgia narrows, CNN's John King said Wednesday that "there are enough votes outstanding for Joe Biden to make it up."

"Joe Biden needs about two-thirds of the remaining votes," King said during CNN's special election coverage. "And again, if you look at the statewide numbers you think, okay, there’s no way he’s going to get two-thirds of the remaining vote. But then you think where are they? We know there are still some more."

CNN's David Chalian reported a "rough estimate" of 185,000 unaccounted votes in Georgia. 

"Joe Biden would need between 65% and 67% of that 185,000 uncounted votes in order to overtake Donald Trump and actually flip the state of Georgia," Chalian said.

"Donald Trump, on the other hand, he only needs between 31% and 33% of that uncounted 185,000 votes in order to hang on to Georgia, keep it in his column, and not let it go to the Democrats. That’s not that big of a percentage, given the fact that overall he’s at 50% of the vote."

About Georgia: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday afternoon that there are still 185,000 uncounted ballots in Georgia. Some of the counties with outstanding votes told CNN that they will finish counting tonight, while others are expected to stretch into tomorrow.

There are 16 electoral votes at stake in Georgia  — 270 electoral votes are needed to take the presidency. Biden currently has 253 electoral votes while Trump has 213.

CNN's John King and David Chalian report:

6:49 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It will be "a matter of days" before most ballots are counted in Pennsylvania, official says

Workers prepare mail-in ballots for counting, Wednesday, November 4, at the convention center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Workers prepare mail-in ballots for counting, Wednesday, November 4, at the convention center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Julio Cortez/AP

Though Pennsylvania has made “excellent progress” in counting ballots, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar estimates it will be “a matter of days before the overwhelming majority of ballots are counted.” 

Speaking at news conference with Gov. Tom Wolf, Boockvar estimated “hundreds of thousands” of ballots would be counted Wednesday night.

6:59 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Here's what Trump can do to win as Biden closes in on 270 electoral votes

From CNN's Aditi Sangal / On-air analysis by John King

Currently, Joe Biden needs Arizona and Nevada to win the US presidency. But even as he closes in on the 270 electoral votes to get there, President Trump still has a path open to be reelected. He will need to “run the table,” CNN’s John King says.

Trump needs to hold his lead in North Carolina, Georgia and Maine’s second congressional district. Once Alaska’s votes get counted, King says he anticipates it to go for the President.

This makes a win in Pennsylvania crucial for Trump to stay in the race and fight for Arizona.

“The Trump campaign essentially has to run the table, get Pennsylvania and get [Arizona] back,” King said.

CNN's John King reports:

6:30 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It's 6:30 p.m. ET: This is where the race to 270 stands.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads the race for the White House with 253 electoral votes. President Trump has 213 electoral votes.

If Biden maintains his lead in Nevada and Arizona, he will secure the 270 electoral votes needed to take the presidency, CNN's John King said this afternoon.

Based on these projections, this is where the race to 270 currently stands.

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

6:27 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Twitter flags Trump tweets prematurely claiming victory

From CNN’s Brian Fung

Twitter flagged and labeled a tweet sent by President Trump Wednesday evening that prematurely claimed victory in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and added a “disputed” label to a follow-up tweet in which the President claimed, without evidence, “a large number of secretly dumped ballots” in Michigan.

In a 16-hour period since the last polls in 2020 US Presidential election closed at 1 a.m., five out of nine tweets posted by the President have been flagged by Twitter.

Many of the tweets received a contextual label after Trump sought to delegitimize the election process and made unverified claims of widespread voter fraud.

Twitter, the White House and the Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

6:18 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Nevada remains close as votes continue to be counted

The race in Nevada between Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and President Trump remains very close, CNN's John King said this afternoon.

Focus has turned to Clark County where "more than 70% of the votes cast in Nevada will come from here," King said. It is too early to call the state as the votes are still being counted, he said.

"It gets frustrating now. In any event you want to count the votes but even now when we know how consequential Nevada and Arizona are going to be to the math you want more votes," King added.

"We're waiting; 84% in Clark County, which means you've got a fair amount of votes still out, 16%. If Joe Biden keeps that percentage, then Joe Biden's going to win the state of Nevada. We just don't know that until we see more votes," he said.

CNN's John King reports:

5:41 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

The mood is darkening as "Trump is bleeding GOP support," source close to White House says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

People gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, November 4.
People gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, November 4. Susan Walsh/AP

A source close to the White House said it's becoming apparent that GOP officials are beginning to lose patience with some of President Trump's behavior as he baselessly claims fraud is robbing him of the presidency. 

Trump is "bleeding GOP support," said the source, who described the President's complaints as an "ambulance chasing routine."

The source went on to criticize the Trump campaign for leveling charges of voter fraud in Pennsylvania.