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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1:36 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Report: Police investigating alleged plot to attack Pennsylvania Convention Center

From CNN’s Joe Sutton and Dave Alsup

Police are investigating a potential attack plot at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, first reported by CNN affiliate WPVI.

“Police got a tip about a group, possibly a family, driving up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center,” according to WPVI.  

Philadelphia Police tells WPVI "they recovered a weapon and believed they recovered the Hummer they received a tip about.”

Votes are being counted inside of the convention center.  

Police tell CNN affiliate KYW they were alerted to the threat around 10 p.m. local time on Thursday.

The threat involved a group of individuals from out of state, police tells KYW.   

At least one person has been taken into custody, both WPVI and KYW reports.  

Philadelphia district attorney's office spokesperson Jane Roh told CNN the office could not comment on the investigation.

CNN has reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the convention center for comment. 

CNN's Alexandra Field has more:

1:00 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

It's 1 a.m. ET. Here's who is leading in the 5 key states.

We're tracking the narrow margins of votes in key states. See the latest figures below, and get full details and results in CNN's Election Center.

Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has 213. Each candidate needs to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

12:39 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

No additional vote count updates expected from Georgia's secretary of state tonight

From CNN's Jason Morris

Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will not provide another update again tonight, according to his press secretary Ari Schaffer.

At last update, the state still had 14,097 votes left to count.

President Trump is currently leading Biden in the state by a mere 1,805 votes.

Here is the breakdown of outstanding ballots by county from the last update released at 10:35 p.m. ET:

  • Clayton County: 4,355
  • Cobb County: 700
  • Floyd County: 444
  • Forsyth County: 1,545
  • Gwinnett County: 4,800
  • Laurens County: 1,797
  • Taylor County: 456
12:21 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Why the huge rise in pre-Election Day voting has affected who is leading in Pennsylvania

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University on Wedensday, November 4, in Pennsylvania.
Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University on Wedensday, November 4, in Pennsylvania. Matt Slocum/AP

Since the beginning of the pandemic, supporters of Democratic nominee Joe Biden have shown a strong preference for mail-in voting. Most of President Trump's supporters said they wanted to vote on Election Day. States count these different types of votes in very different ways.

As a result, in some states — particularly in Pennsylvania — Trump saw an early lead that is now narrowing as more ballots are counted.

This isn't a sign of fraud or irregularities. Rather, it's just a reflection of how states count votes. Some states process early ballots first, while others save them for last.

This phenomenon, known as the "blue shift," is common in recent US elections and it's a big reason why Trump, despite election law and common decency to the contrary, has argued that whoever appears to have won on Election Night should be crowned the winner.

That's not the way it works, of course. Ballots in North Carolina and Pennsylvania can arrive in the days after Election Day as long as they have a Nov. 3 postmark.

In Pennsylvania, election officials couldn't do anything with early ballots until Election Day. Some counties didn't even pick them up until the day after Election Day.

Read more here

12:32 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Jake Tapper: My mother is a Pennsylvania mail-in voter. Her vote counts.

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

CNN's Jake Tapper revealed his own mother is a mail-in voter in Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, where votes are still being counted tonight, and rebuked those who would suggest her vote should not to count. 

"My mom lives in Philadelphia," said Tapper. "She is in her late 70s. She does not want to get coronavirus and she voted by mail. Her ballot is among them. She's an American citizen. She gets to have it counted."

Tapper also skewered President Trump's allies who are standing by him even as he alleged fraud without evidence. 

"We are seeing some of the President's most obedient servants... go on TV and say things that are not true, say things that there's no evidence for, talk about electoral fraud," said Tapper, referring by name to Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"This is not accurate," he continued. "This is not what is actually going on. "The American people are having their votes counted."

Tapper then went on to reference August 1974, during the Watergate scandal, when Republican congressional leaders Sens. Barry Goldwater, Hugh Scott and House Minority Leader John Rhodes, went to the White House and informed President Richard Nixon the Republican Party would no longer support him. 

"Nixon resigned the next day," said Tapper. "Those three Republican leaders, two of them were from Arizona and one of them was from Pennsylvania, two of the four states that we're waiting to hear from today."

"Let the American people have their say," concluded Tapper. 

Watch the moment:

12:04 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

It's midnight. Here's where the race to 270 stands.

Joe Biden is nearing 270 electoral votes as he continues to close the gap in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Trump is leading Biden in Georgia by approximately 1,805 votes and in Pennsylvania by 23,953 votes.

Trump cannot find a route to 270 electoral votes without Georgia and Pennsylvania, so his chances of securing reelection will hinge on developments in the two states.

Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has 213.

11:12 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Here's who's leading in 5 key states

We're tracking the narrow margins of votes in key states. See the latest figures below, and get full details and results in CNN's Election Center.

11:05 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

There are roughly 14,000 ballots still outstanding in Georgia as Trump's lead shrinks

From CNN’s Jason Morris

As of 10:35 p.m. ET, there are approximately 14,097 ballots still outstanding across Georgia, according to a statement by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Almost all of the outstanding ballots are absentee ballots, Raffensperger’s office told CNN earlier Thursday.

President Trump's lead over former Vice President Joe Biden has shrunk to 1,775 votes, CNN's Wolf Blitzer said.

Here's a breakdown of the ballots by county:

  • Clayton County: 4,355
  • Cobb County: 700
  • Floyd County: 444
  • Forsyth County: 1,545
  • Gwinnett County: 4,800
  • Laurens County: 1,797
  • Taylor County: 456

Shauna Dozier, Clayton County’s elections director, told CNN Thursday evening that Clayton County hopes to complete counting their remaining ballots by midnight.

11:07 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

While awaiting election results, the US hits a new record high of Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Haley Brink and Jennifer Henderson

An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site at Ascarate Park on October 31, in El Paso, Texas.
An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site at Ascarate Park on October 31, in El Paso, Texas. Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

The next president of the US is yet to be called, but the coronavirus pandemic looms large.

The US reached a new record high of daily Covid-19 cases. So far today, there have been at least 121,054 daily new coronavirus cases in the US, per Johns Hopkins University data.

This is the highest single day reporting since the pandemic began.

The top 5 Covid-19 case days so far:

  1. Nov. 5: 121,054
  2. Nov. 4: 102,831
  3. Oct. 30: 99,321
  4. Nov. 3: 91,530
  5. Oct. 31: 89,126

Joe Biden attended a briefing on coronavirus earlier today in Wilmington, Delaware. The pandemic's impact has been a key issue of the campaign, and whichever candidate wins the presidency will have to lead the country through this crisis.