Election 2020 presidential results

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Fernando Alfonso III, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 5:20 AM ET, Fri November 6, 2020
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8:30 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Trump repeats false claims that "legal" votes will show him winning

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

 Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
 Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump entrenched in false claims that a count of legally cast ballots would show him winning the presidential election, using the White House briefing room to espouse claims that he is being deprived the presidency by fraud.

"If you count the legal votes I easily win," Trump said, providing no evidence for his claim. "If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us."

His message came as new tallies show his lead dwindling in Georgia and Pennsylvania. While Trump retains a pathway to 270 electoral votes, it is growing smaller.

Trump said he was advocating for a halt in counting of "votes that came in late," and went on to tout races that had already been called for him.

"I’ve already decisively won many critical states, including massive victories," he claimed.

CNN's Dana Bash and abby Phillip react to Trump's speech:

6:49 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Trump is speaking from the White House

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Trump is speaking right now from the White House briefing room.

Trump was last seen publicly early Wednesday at the White House, where he delivered a speech and claimed some legitimate tallying efforts should stop. The President also tried to assert victory in the election.

Trump currently has 213 electoral votes, and Joe Biden, who has taken the lead in the race, has 253 electoral votes.

6:48 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Biden camp will be watching upcoming Trump remarks

From CNN's Arlette Saenz


As President Trump prepares to speak from the White House, Joe Biden tweeted moments ago, again pressing his case that all votes need to be counted in this election.

“The people will not be silenced, be bullied, or surrender. Every vote must be counted,” Biden tweeted.

Some context: The tweet echoes his messages throughout the past 48 hours, including in his remarks earlier today urging calm and patience as the vote count continues.

Biden’s advisers believe those remarks – along with his focus on coronavirus and the economy in his briefings – projects a responsible tone and shows he’s preparing himself for the challenges ahead if elected.

6:28 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Where the ballot counting in Georgia's Gwinnett County stands

From CNN’s Wes Bruer

Gwinnett County elections supervisor Kristi Royston
Gwinnett County elections supervisor Kristi Royston

The only remaining absentee ballots to count in Gwinnett County are absentee ballots that require “adjudication.”

Ballots in this category require additional review because there was some issue on the ballot that was picked up by the counting machines.

Two important caveats: First, local officials cannot say exactly how many ballots still require adjudication. And second, it’s not clear how many of these ballots could affect the presidential race. That’s because if the vote-counting machine didn’t pick up an issue with the presidential vote when the ballot was first scanned, that vote has already been counted and reported to the public.

Some context: Election workers have already done about half of the adjudication that is needed, Gwinnett County spokesperson Joe Sorenson told CNN. New staff for adjudication came in at 3 p.m., but Royston said they are scheduled to close down for the night at 9 p.m.  

These ballots are grouped in batches of 25, and if there is a problem with just one ballot, the entire batch of 25 must be pulled aside. They pulled 3,200 batches of ballots, which means that the total number of ballots needing adjudication could be anywhere between 3,200 and 80,000, but the number of ballots needing adjudication is likely on the low end of that range.

“If 49 are good… it holds the entire batch up," Gwinnett County elections supervisor Kristi Royston said.

6:23 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

GOP and Clark County Recorder reach settlement in ballot observation lawsuit

From CNN's Kara Scannell

Lawyers for the Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party said they have reached a settlement with the Clark County Recorder that will allow for additional observation of the ballots in the key area that includes Las Vegas, according to a new court filing.

In a court filing, the Trump attorneys ask the appeals court for an additional seven days to file its briefs, giving them room to obtain the signatures of the intervening parties to the settlement.

“On Nov. 4, 2020, appellants and respondents Barbara Cegavske and Joseph Gloria were able to reach a settlement agreement,” according to the court filing.

Under the terms of the agreement, “The Registrar shall allow the public to have additional observation access to the ballot duplication in the Greystone Facility such that all tables where the duplication process is occurring shall be visible to public observers.” 

In addition, the GOP will dismiss its appeal and lawsuit, according to the court filing.

Some context: Last week the Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party challenged the signature-matching and verification process on absentee ballots conducted by computer in Clark County. A state court judge has already dismissed the lawsuit, but the Trump campaign appealed.  

The Trump campaign claims that the computer signature matching wasn’t as stringent as human checks, and fraudulent ballots could have snuck through.

6:28 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Rhode Island voters approve removing "Plantations" from state's official name

From CNN's Lauren Dezenski

The smallest state in the nation will no longer have the longest name.

CNN projects Rhode Island voters have approved a measure that will strike "and Providence Plantations" from the state's name: "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

This year's Question 1 ballot proposition asked voters whether to amend the state Constitution by trimming that name to simply "State of Rhode Island."

The measure passed with 52.9% of the vote, according to CNN's projection.

"Nobody is trying to eradicate the history that has been in play," Democratic state Rep. Anastasia Williams of Providence, who worked to get the question placed on the ballot this year following George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police and worked with the "Yes on 1" campaign, said before the vote. "But we need to present the true and accurate history of it entirely, as opposed to just bits and pieces."

"If you don't believe that that word has a life, a real dark painful life, then you're seriously mistaken," Williams added.

Read more about the measure here.

6:18 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Trump adviser says the "math isn't on our side. We need an act of God to alter the course"

From CNN's Jim Acosta

A Trump adviser described the bleak state of the president's reelection chances as the campaign awaits the final returns from Pennsylvania and Georgia. 

"Math isn't on our side," the adviser said. "We need an act of God to alter the course."

The adviser defended Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump going after some of the 2024 hopefuls on Twitter for not saying more about the President's performance in the 2020 race, lifting some GOP contenders to victory in certain races.

"They can't hide their emotions. That's normal," the adviser said.

Some of the 2024 hopefuls appear to have responded to the Trump children, including Nikki Haley, the Indian American former ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, and Sen. Tom Cotton, who have have both released statements.

A separate adviser said it's starting to feel like the bottom is about to fall out from under the President, as the campaign waits on returns from Georgia and Pennsylvania.

"It's not good," the adviser said.

6:16 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

CNN Projection: Montana voters approve ballot measure legalizing marijuana for people over 21

From CNN’s Lauren Dezenski

Montana has voted to establish 21 as the legal age to purchase, possess and consume cannabis by constitutional amendment, CNN projects. This adds to the growing list of states to approve marijuana-related ballot measures this year. 

Arizona and New Jersey voted to legalize recreational marijuana while South Dakota approved legalization for both recreational and medical use, CNN projects.

South Dakota will be the first state ever to approve medical and recreational marijuana measures at the same time.

Results have not yet been determined for Montana's other ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana and Mississippi's medical marijuana measure.

5:48 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Every voting method in Pennsylvania "is incredibly safe and secure," official says

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaks during a news conference, Thursday, November 5, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaks during a news conference, Thursday, November 5, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Julio Cortez/AP

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reassured voters this afternoon that their ballots will be counted and county election officials "take this so seriously."

Boockvar said all of the ballots would be counted by Friday.

"They are such professionals," Boockvar said about the election officials. "So, you know, I can just say really no matter how you chose to vote this year and so many Pennsylvanians have, and it looks like it's really going to be great turnout when we finalize the numbers that every method is incredibly safe and secure."