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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12:18 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

CNN Projection: Biden wins at least 3 of 4 of Maine's electoral votes

Joe Biden will win at least three of Maine's electoral votes, CNN projects.

There are four electoral votes at stake in Maine. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election.

Maine allows electoral votes to be split. In Maine, two of four electoral votes go to the statewide winner and one electoral vote goes to the winner in each of the two congressional districts.

Who won in 2016: Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried the state with three electoral votes. President Trump received one electoral vote.

Watch moment of CNN's latest projection:

12:46 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Court mandated Election Day sweeps discovered 13 ballots

From CNN's Paul Murphy

Postal inspectors only found 13 ballots in the Election Day sweeps of underperforming processing facilities, according to an affidavit authored by Postal Inspector Daniel Brubaker.

On Tuesday Judge Emmet Sullivan of the US District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the United States Postal Service to sweep all processing facilities by 3 p.m. ET in a number of states, including some critical battleground states.

In an affidavit authored by Postal Inspector Daniel Brubaker, the US Postal Service reports they found only 13 ballots in the sweeps – all were in Pennsylvania. Ten ballots were found in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, processing facility and another three ballots were found in the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, processing facility.

Upon their finding, Brubaker says they were immediately processed and sent for delivery yesterday.

There is a federal court hearing at noon to update the various parties about the issue.

Some background: The court had ordered the USPS to sweep processing facilities that had low ballot processing scores in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona.

In another affidavit filed by Kevin Bray, the USPS official in charge of mail processing during the 2020 election, the Postal Service said additional, pre-planned sweeps are currently underway at nearly all processing facilities that had low ballot processing scores in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Both postal inspectors reiterated that it was not practical to start the sweeps during the court-mandated time – between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – on Election Day. They said that it was impossible to communicate, and move, postal inspectors to facilities in that short amount of time.

Also, they said that those sweeps would be ineffective because processing plants are most active in the late afternoon and evening, during the time-frame the USPS had already scheduled their routine Election Day sweeps.

12:14 p.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Michigan is focused on "counting every single ballot," secretary of state says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks with CNN on Wednesday, November 4.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks with CNN on Wednesday, November 4. CNN

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson reiterated that “tens of thousands” of ballots still need to be counted in the state, including in the larger jurisdictions of Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. 

“We’re going to ensure that the results of our elections accurately reflect every single ballot vote that was cast. And this is particularly important in close races, as the numbers of outstanding ballots is still greater than the margin of difference between many races with leading candidates,” she said.

Benson asked for patience from voters. She said the process right now is “the beginning of the first tabulation.” 

Boards at the county and state level, comprised of both parties, will review the counts of the entire election before results are officially certified, she explained. 

“When we have the first unofficial tabulation, which we hope will come some time in the next 24 hours, we will finalize official protocols moving towards an official tabulation, which could take even more time,” Benson said.  

11:57 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

The view from the other side of the Atlantic 

From CNN’s International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson

The world is watching, like Americans learning patience, fearful of what may come next. 

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney cautioned that the US election “most definitely is not over,” while in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who is no fan of President Donald Trump – reacted to the President’s overnight call to stop counting ballots, by saying, “what’s most important right now is the integrity of American democracy. All votes should be counted”

In Northern Ireland, Trump’s right-of-center fans are not giving up hope that he’ll win the election. But they are also urging restraint, with Ian Paisley Jr of the Democratic Unionist Party saying, “politics should never be fought in the court room”

Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, the Trump-leaning Dominic Raab, received a goading from prominent UK news anchor Andrew Neil who pushed back on the minister’s inference that the presenter’s information was coming from pundits, not Democratic Party sources. 

 In an on-air heated exchange, Raab told Neil the British government is ready and prepared to work with both Biden and Trump.

But for a brief moment this morning it seemed the tensions infecting US politics had leapt across the Atlantic which is, of course, the fear of many.

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: