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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3:32 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Late-arriving Pennsylvania ballots could only change outcome if race is "super close," top official says

From CNN's Kelly Mena and Kate Bolduan

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar CNN

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says she believes late-arriving mail ballots – which are the subject of ongoing litigation and could be invalidated later by the courts – probably won’t decide the outcome in the state. 

The big question: How many of these ballots are there? About 10,000 of them were received on Wednesday across the state, an Allegheny County official told CNN, based on information from the governor’s office. The deadline is tomorrow.

There is an ongoing dispute about late-arriving ballots in the critical battleground state. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court previously ruled that ballots postmarked by Election Day, or with ineligible postmarks, that arrive by Friday should count. The US Supreme Court allowed that ruling to stand after deadlocking 4-4 on two requests from Republicans to intervene.

“From what we’re tracking so far, you know, counties are reporting anywhere from, smaller counties report from zero to some larger counties reported about 500 ballots received the day after Election Day,” Boockvar told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday. “So, you know, that’s not that many really, so unless it is super close, I don’t see them making or breaking this one way or another. In the meantime, we are counting every ballot.”

A source involved with the canvassing in Philadelphia says they estimate there will have 1,000 of these late-arriving mail-in ballots received by the Friday deadline.

These segregated ballots have not been counted there yet. Officials in Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, told CNN that they had received around 500 late-arriving ballots since the polls closed. 

4:07 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

USPS ordered to sweep all processing facilities twice daily in states with ballot postmark extension

From CNN's Paul Murphy

US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the USPS to sweep all processing facilities, twice daily, in states that allow for properly postmarked ballots to count, if they arrive after Election Day.

The sweeps include USPS processing facilities in the critical, and still undecided, battleground states of Nevada, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Ballots  — postmarked by or on Election Day — can count in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to state law, if they are received on or before Nov. 6. In Nevada, ballots --postmarked by or on Election Day  — can count in Nevada, according to state law, if they are received on or before Nov. 10.

The USPS must perform the first sweep in the morning, no later than 10 a.m. local time.

They must also sweep the facility in the mid-to-late afternoon, in time for any local ballots found to be delivered to the local election officials.

During a hearing Thursday, DOJ lawyers indicated that USPS district managers started the morning sweep for the day, before the order came into effect.

USPS must also report the number of ballots found during the sweep, and confirm they were delivered in time to meet the state deadlines.

3:25 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Here's where the Georgia ballot count stands as of 3 p.m. ET

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

About 47,000 ballots are outstanding in Georgia as of 3 p.m. ET, election official Gabriel Sterling said in a press conference Thursday.

Here's the county-by-county breakdown Sterling provided:

Chatham County: 17,157

Clayton County: 6,026

Cobb County: 700

Floyd County: 682

Forsyth County: 4,713

Fulton County: 7,305

Gwinnett County: 4,800

Harris County: 3,641

Lawrence County: 1,797

Taylor County: 456

"We hope to have clarity on the outcome of these elections as soon as possible," Sterling said.

3:21 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Democratic Sen. Casey says Biden's Pennsylvania win is "inevitable"

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez


Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey told CNN Thursday afternoon that he firmly believes there are enough uncounted votes in the Keystone State for Joe Biden to overtake President Donald Trump.

Casey predicted that Biden could overtake Trump by a 100,000 vote margin in Pennsylvania, but that it might "only reached when the vote is certified, which is down the road.”

“But for the short term, no question, I think, Joe Biden will win the state,” Casey, who has served in the US Senate since 2007, continued.

Casey added that he thinks Biden's Pennsylvania win is "inevitable" because the remaining vote results that have yet to be tallied reside in and around cities and are mail-in votes.

"The reason for that is most of the vote out, as you know, is in Philadelphia, Delaware County," he said. "Even in the counties that President Trump will win big, there’ll be scattering of Joe Biden votes because they’re mail-ins and they obviously tend to favor the Democrats."

There are approximately 369,364 mail-in ballots left to be counted in the state as of 3:00 p.m. ET, according to the Pennsylvania's secretary of state website. Philadelphia County estimates that they have 92,000 to 95,000 mail-in and absentee ballots left to count.

Trump is currently leading in Pennsylvania, but margins have narrowed as the commonwealth has tallied more voting results and more mail-in ballots have been counted. Trump cannot secure enough votes to win the presidency without winning Pennsylvania.

Casey said that Democrats have learned that they "have to try to get votes everywhere," even in areas where Trump is popular.

"You gotta go everywhere. You have to have a message for every part of the state. And I think that lesson’s been learned," he said. "But even when you do that, you have to accept the fact that sometimes the margins won’t change."

Casey also called Trump "the most effective republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania I’ve seen since Reagan" in rural parts of the commonwealth, asserting that future Republican presidential candidates will find his record tough to beat.


3:00 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Pelosi to House Democrats: "We did not win every battle, but we won the war"

From CNN's Manu Raju

On an ongoing caucus call, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is giving a positive assessment of the outcome of Tuesday's election, a Democratic source on the call tells CNN. This is despite House Democratic losses that likely mean she will hold a smaller majority in the new Congress. 

"This was a big win," she told House Democrats, referring to Joe Biden nearing a White House win, keeping the House majority and likely gaining at least a seat in the Senate.

"We did not win every battle, but we won the war," Pelosi said, according to this source. 

Pelosi said that they "recognized from the start [2020] would be a steeper climb" to hold some of their seats because House Democrats did so well in deep red districts in 2018 when Trump wasn't on the ballot.

Pelosi is also talking up the importance of the two possible Georgia Senate runoffs to take back the Senate majority.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, a who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, blamed bad polling for the outcome and for the bullish predictions headed into Election Day, according to two sources on the call.

"Voters looked more like 2016 than projected," Bustos told Democrats, one of the sources said.

Pelosi, giving an upbeat assessment, tells Democrats that "we have created a mandate for Biden to lead our country in a unified way."

The source said that Pelosi is using the word "mandate" repeatedly.

The call with her members comes amid Democratic hand-wringing about what went wrong Tuesday for their congressional candidates.

3:33 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Biden being briefed on Covid-19 as election results come in

On-air Analysis from CNN's Anderson Cooper / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden arrives at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on ThursdayNovember 5.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden arrives at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on ThursdayNovember 5. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Biden is in Wilmington, Delaware, receiving a Covid-19 briefing as he awaits election results.

"That is what Joe Biden has done today. He's attending a meeting on Covid," CNN's Anderson Cooper said.

Biden is receiving this update a day after the US hit its highest number of new coronavirus infections in a single day with more than 100,000 cases reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

"We're already on track, today, to have it be even worse," Cooper added.

Cooper highlighted the stark contrast in how Biden is handling the pandemic compared to President Trump.

"What do you want to bet the President of the United States is certainly not being briefed on Covid today. It's doubtful he's being briefed on anything having to do with America's business, national security," Cooper said.

"To me it's emblematic of the two approaches that Joe Biden who is not in office, is being briefed on Covid, as he has been all along, and taking it seriously enough that on such a difficult day in the pandemic, he's taking time to be briefed on this," Cooper said.


3:27 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

It's 2:30 p.m. ET. Here's where the race to 270 stands.

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Joe Biden is cutting into President Trump's lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania, but the race in those states is still too early to call as votes continue to be counted.

Paths to 270 remain for both Biden and Trump.

CNN is yet to project a winner in these six states:

  1. Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes at stake)
  2. Georgia (16 electoral votes at stake)
  3. North Carolina (15 electoral votes at stake)
  4. Arizona (11 electoral votes at stake)
  5. Nevada (6 electoral votes at stake)
  6. Alaska (3 electoral votes at stake)

Biden currently has 253 electoral votes while Trump has 213.

2:57 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

GOP withdraws federal court challenge to 93 absentee ballots and says it will pursue in state court

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Republican lawyers told a federal judge Thursday that they’d like to withdraw their request for a restraining over 93 ballots in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County that voters were allowed to cure before Election Day after their absentee ballot wouldn’t be accepted.

A day before, the judge suggested the case was an attempt to disenfranchise voters and toss out the votes, though he did not rule. 

The Republicans noted they have a hearing on a similar case they’ve brought in Pennsylvania state court scheduled for Friday.

“Due to the timing of these proceedings and the pendency of a hearing scheduled in the Commonwealth Court of the Pennsylvania at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs believe that a Temporary Restraining Order in this case will be ineffective in addressing the matters covered in their Motion and, therefore, withdraw their Motion without prejudice to their underlying Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and ask the Court to enter an appropriate order,” the Republicans’ court filing said.

2:32 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

President Trump's lead in Pennsylvania is steadily shrinking

Written by CNN's Jason Kurtz / On-air analysis from CNN's John King

President Trump's edge in Pennsylvania is growing smaller each day. As votes have continued to be counted in the hours since Tuesday, Democratic rival Joe Biden has been inching closer, says CNN's John King.

"Every time we get new votes, the President's lead is going down," King noted, whilst digging into various Pennsylvania counties at the Magic Wall.

A lead that was once as large as 500,000 votes, has dwindled to a figure slightly north of about 114,000.

With 92% of the votes counted, the President still holds an edge — 50.2% to 48.5%  — but Biden's pursuit has been steady.

"Every time we've gotten significant amount of votes, Joe Biden has exceeded that bar that he has to be over to keep tracking on that lead, and to have a chance to win the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," King noted.

With other outstanding states, including Nevada and Arizona, still tabulating votes, locking up the Keystone State could be the fastest way for Biden to reach 270 electoral votes and stamp his ticket to the White House.

"If you're Joe Biden and you get this," said King, pointing to Pennsylvania on the map, "then you're done."