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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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.
11:02 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Pennsylvania governor: "We may not know the result even today"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Vote counting is still underway in Pennsylvania, and Gov. Tom Wolf says there are about 3 million mail-in ballots being counted. This may delay the result so much so that “we may not know the results even today," he said.

The state is crucial for either presidential candidate’s path to 270 electoral votes to win the US presidency. Pennsylvania is one of nine states where CNN has not yet projected a winner.

“The most important thing is that we have accurate results. Again, even if that takes a little longer than we're used to,” Wolf said at a press conference Wednesday. “For over 200 years, we've upheld and strengthened our commitment to basic fairness and due process. I have full faith that we will similarly meet this moment, and I will do everything within my power to ensure the results are fair and that every vote is counted.”

He also assured that Pennsylvanians can “have confidence in the outcome of this election.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf discusses timeline of results:

10:52 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Rep. Debbie Dingell believes Biden will win Michigan but worries about urban-rural divide

From CNN's Dan Merica

A volunteer processes absentee ballots at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, on November 4.
A volunteer processes absentee ballots at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, on November 4. Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell told CNN on Wednesday she is growing more confident that Joe Biden will pull out a win in Michigan once all the votes are counted. But the Democratic congresswoman said that the narrow margin, and continuing urban-rural divide, should deeply worry Democratic leaders.

Dingell, who represents Ann Arbor and areas south of Detroit, has been far more skeptical of the likelihood of Biden winning Michigan over the last month, in large part because of the level of Trump support in rural parts of the state.

“I do believe he is going to win,” Dingell said. “I didn’t say that until Sunday for the first time. I think it is going to be close, but I do believe Joe Biden will pull it out.”

Rural pockets of Michigan used to be home to so-called Dingell Democrats, more conservative and independent voters who backed the late Michigan congressman John Dingell, Debbie Dingell’s husband. But many of those voters slipped away from Democrats over the last decade, highlighted by Trump’s overwhelming win of places like Monroe County, Michigan, in 2016.

The fact that this trend continued with Biden, a candidate who was seen as the best positioned Democrat to woo these voters, should worry top Democrats, Dingell said.

“I think both Republican and Democrats have to look at the divide in this country and both do some serious soul searching,” she said.
“For Democrats, we have to look at working men and women… who think we turn our nose on them at times. And Republicans have a very serious problem with women.”
10:31 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Michigan sets new voter turnout record with more than 5.1 million votes

From CNN’s Annie Grayer

The state of Michigan has set a new voter turnout record with at least 5,107,896 votes, according to a CNN tally. This total includes all presidential candidates on the ballot in Michigan, not just former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

The record was previously set in 2008 with 5,039,080 votes when former President Barack Obama won the state, according to official results from the Michigan secretary of state website.

In the lead up to Election Day, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had been predicting the state would reach a record-breaking turnout.

“We are on track to see record breaking turnout,” Benson told reporters Tuesday.