Senate and House election results 2020

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha, Melissa Mahtani, Jessica Estepa and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 1:17 PM ET, Thu November 5, 2020
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10:02 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Democrat flips GOP-held Colorado Senate seat

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Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post/AP

Democrat John Hickenlooper will win the Senate race in Colorado, defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, CNN projects.

More on Colorado: Joe Biden will win the state, CNN projects.

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

9:54 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: North Carolina governor wins reelection

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Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer /AP

North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will win reelection, CNN projects.

9:50 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: North Dakota governor wins reelection

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Stephen Yang/Getty Images

North Dakota’s Republican Gov. Doug Burgum will win reelection, CNN projects.

9:25 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

It's almost 9:30 p.m. ET. This is where the balance of power in Congress stands.

Based on CNN's current projections, this is how the balance of power in Congress is shaping up.

Democrats have 39 seats in the Senate so far. Republicans have 36. Either side needs 51 seats to have a majority.

In the House, Democrats have 54 seats. Republicans have 73.

9:41 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Sen. Rounds wins reelection in South Dakota

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GOP Sen. Mike Rounds will win reelection in South Dakota, CNN projects.

9:47 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Vermont governor wins reelection

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Charles Krupa/AP

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott will win reelection, CNN projects.

9:30 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: West Virginia governor wins reelection

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West Virginia’s Republican Gov. Jim Justice will win reelection, CNN projects.

9:24 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

CNN Projection: Sen. Booker wins reelection in New Jersey

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Democratic Sen. Cory Booker will win reelection in New Jersey, CNN projects.

9:15 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Senate race in Iowa is a coin toss 

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democrat Theresa Greenfield
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democrat Theresa Greenfield Getty, AP

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is in danger of possibly seeing her seat flipped tonight in a race that's central to Democrats' fight to retake the US Senate.

Here's what you need to know about the race:

Challenger: Democrat Theresa Greenfield

  • Greenfield put the brakes on her RV tour on October 28 after members of her campaign staff came in contact last week with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, according to her campaign spokesman Sam Newton.
  • She has a slight advantage in the race, according to recent polls by CBS and Quinnipiac, but she has recently dominated the fundraising battle. In the last financial quarter, Greenfield raised more than $28 million, more money in three months than any Iowa Senate candidate has raised in an election cycle, compared to Ernst's nearly $7.2 million.

Incumbent: Republican Sen. Joni Ernst

  • Ernst shot to stardom in her 2014 campaign, winning a seat held by a retired Democrat and a key race to Republicans gaining control of the Senate. 

Why this race is important

Both sides acknowledge this race is a coin toss. Trump carried the state by nearly 10 points in 2016. But now Ernst — the first woman elected to federal office in Iowa — is in the same boat as many GOP senators who need to convince voters why they deserve a second term, even if Trump doesn't.

A recent spot from the National Republican Senatorial Committee makes a checks and balances argument for rejecting Democrat Theresa Greenfield, implying that Senate control would be the last defense against a President Biden and Democratic House.

Ernst burst onto the political scene with her infamous 2014 "make 'em squeal" ad, but she may not have done herself any favors in a recent debate, where she couldn't state the price of soybeans. It's not clear the moment has resonated beyond the headlines, but Republicans are worried that Greenfield — who talks about being a "farm kid" — has had a fundraising advantage.