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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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.

5:38 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

It's just after 5:30 p.m. ET: This is where the race to 270 stands.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading the race with 253 electoral votes. President Trump has 213 electoral votes.

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.

5:45 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Top Biden adviser says confidence has increased significantly as the days move ahead

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Joe Biden is holding a call with his campaign’s National Finance Committee shortly, according to two sources familiar, thanking his top contributors for building what unexpectedly became the bright spot of his operation: A major financial advantage over the Trump campaign.

The call underscores the optimism inside Democratic circles at the prospect of Biden winning. After a day of counting, a top adviser tells me their confidence has increased significantly as the day has moved along.

One thing Biden will not have tonight: a victory rally outside the Chase Center. The stage remains set. The red, white and blue neon Biden-Harris signs are still on. Flags are rippling in the breeze, but there will be no fireworks tonight.

Even with an air of confidence, a message has gone out to Biden world: They need to see this through, keeping a close eye on Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona. Legal teams are ready to be deployed, along with other workers if needed.

One thing not being talked about tonight: The Biden transition. It’s been in place for months, as required by law, but it’s a topic that’s off-limits here in Wilmington.

5:06 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

These are the 6 states that have yet to be called

Votes are still being counted in several key states, which could determine the outcome of the presidential race between President Trump and Joe Biden.

We're still awaiting for results in these states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania

Currently, Biden leads the race with 253 electoral votes over Trump's 213 electoral votes.

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

5:30 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Department of Homeland Security warns of fake media accounts sharing premature election results 

From CNN's Brian Fung 

Fake Twitter accounts impersonating the Associated Press sowed disinformation online Wednesday by attempting to call election results prematurely, prompting national security officials to issue warnings about the behavior. 

Screenshots of one of the accounts showed impostors appearing to call Michigan for Joe Biden. As of this write, the AP has not called Michigan for either candidate. CNN has called Michigan for Joe Biden. 

CNN was unable to independently view the impersonator accounts before Twitter removed them from their platform.  

AP spokesperson Patrick Maks told CNN, “These are bogus accounts not affiliated with AP.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said it has witnessed multiple reports of social media accounts pretending to be legitimate news outlets calling election results, and that it had anticipated the tactic. 

“Don’t fall for it!” tweeted CISA director Chris Krebs, linking to an agency guide telling voters that “malicious actors can use fake personas and impersonate real accounts.” 

“Most media accounts on platforms will have a checkmark, so if they’re not verified, dig deeper!” Krebs said in a follow-up tweet.

The tweets mark Krebs’ first public warning of a specific threat affecting the current election. 

The accounts in question "were in violation of our impersonation policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told CNN. "They are permanently suspended.” 

Twitter said it has not witnessed any large-scale attempts to impersonate media outlets but that it will suspend any account that attempts to do so.

 

5:18 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

If Biden wins Arizona and Nevada, he wins the election, CNN's John King says

If Democratic presidential nominee Joe 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.

"Nevada and Arizona are not called but Joe Biden is leading and Wolf [Blitzer] made the point if Joe Biden protects the lead in Nevada and Arizona and he gets to 270 electoral votes even if he doesn't win the commonwealth of Pennsylvania," King said.

Drilling down into the Arizona numbers: The state still has more than 600,000 ballots remaining to be counted, officials tell CNN. 

Between 615,000 and 635,000 ballots, possibly more, remain to be counted in Arizona, according to the officials. 

Biden currently leads Trump by about 93,000 votes statewide, 51% to 47.6%, according to CNN’s latest count. According to informal estimates, Trump would need to win approximately 58% of the outstanding vote to overcome Biden’s lead. 

CNN's John King breaks down the map:

5:08 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Here's where things stand in Arizona

From CNN's Bob Ortega

Maricopa County elections officials and observers watch as ballots are tallied, Wednesday, November 4, at the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix.
Maricopa County elections officials and observers watch as ballots are tallied, Wednesday, November 4, at the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. Matt York/AP

Arizona still has more than 600,000 ballots remaining to be counted, officials tell CNN. 

Between 615,000 and 635,000 ballots, possibly more, remain to be counted in Arizona, according to the officials. 

Biden currently leads Trump by about 93,000 votes statewide, 51.% to 47.6%, according to CNN’s latest count. According to informal estimates, Trump would need to win approximately 58% of the outstanding vote to overcome Biden’s lead. 

Roughly two-thirds of the remaining votes to be counted come from Maricopa County, home of Phoenix, which Trump won four years ago 49% to 46% over Hillary Clinton, but where Biden currently holds a lead of about 99,000 votes.  

Maricopa elections officials say they have between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots still to count. This includes 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election; between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day; and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. County officials said they expect to release updated count numbers around 9 p.m. ET. But they have not said when final results will be released. 

The next biggest share of votes come from blue-leaning Pima County, home of Tucson, which has just under 91,000 ballots left to count. 

Of Arizona’s 13 other counties, five have not posted information about their number of remaining votes to count. Seven of the remaining eight were counties that Trump won over Clinton in 2016; but, all told, they account for about 12% of the known remaining ballots to be counted. 

CNN's Kyung Lah reports: