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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8:45 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

There are more than 18,000 outstanding ballots in Georgia

From CNN’s Jason Morris

Almost all of the outstanding ballots in Georgia —18,636 — are absentee ballots, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office told CNN earlier Thursday.

According to his office, here’s where most of the outstanding ballots across Georgia are coming from: 

  • Clayton County: 5,726 (The early ballots lean heavily to Joe Biden.)
  • Cobb County: 700 (The early ballots lean to Biden. It's an Atlanta suburb that Hillary Clinton won by a small margin in 2016.)
  • Floyd County: 444 (The early ballots lean heavily to President Trump.)
  • Forsyth County: 4,713 (The early ballots lean heavily to Trump.)
  • Gwinnett County: 4,800 (The early ballots lean heavily to Biden.)
  • Laurens County: 1,797 (The early ballots lean to Trump.)
  • Taylor County: 456 (The early ballots lean to Trump.)

 CNN’s Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.

8:31 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Pennsylvania has less than 10% of absentee ballots left to count

From CNN's Adam Levine

Pennsylvania has less than 10% of its absentee ballots left to count, according to data posted on the official election site.

There are 250,666 ballots left out of the 2,618,565 ballots cast. Philadelphia has just 72,470 left to count, 20% of total absentee ballots cast in the city.

Pennsylvania, the state that could take Joe Biden over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the presidency, could complete most of its outstanding counts on Thursday or Friday, officials there said.

CNN's Sara Murray has more:

8:17 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

CNN Projection: Democrat Mondaire Jones wins New York House seat

Democrat Mondaire Jones will win the House race in New York's 17th Congressional District, CNN projects.

8:09 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Results slow in Pennsylvania as officials count some ballots by hand

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

With more than 100,000 mail-in ballots still uncounted in Pennsylvania, results have slowed as officials hand count some ballots that could not be scanned by machines, CNN's Sara Murray reported from Philadelphia tonight.

As of about 7:45 p.m ET, there were still about 74,000 uncounted votes from Philadelphia County, 36,000 from Allegheny County and just under 25,000 from Bucks County.

"There are still some big pots of ballots to be counted," reported Murray. 

Many of the ballots that could not be counted by automated scanners must now counted by hand, slowing the count.

"It will take longer to count them by hand," she warned. 

8:02 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Trump's claims of election fraud are "shocking" and "dangerous," former GOP senator says

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Source: CNN
Source: CNN

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican from Pennsylvania, slammed President Trump’s claims of election fraud, saying that his were not factual and “was at times incendiary.”

“No Republican elected official will stand behind that statement,” Santorum said at CNN’s special election coverage. 

The former senator went on to criticize the President over his claim of voter fraud without evidence.

"We don’t know that right now, and for the President to go out there and claim that without any evidence of that is dangerous," Santorum said.

Santorum went on to call out Trump over his attacks on mail-in voting.

"I sat there I listened to him talking about the votes being taken away from him, and then he shifted to Arizona and said hey, 'I win this thing if they count the votes.' Well, how can you say we have to wait and count the votes in Arizona and I can win this thing, but if you count the votes in Philadelphia you’re stealing them? The reality is, in Pennsylvania Democrats voted by mail and Republicans voted — in person and it’s because you asked them to do so.”

CNN's Van Jones thanked Santorum for being critical of Trump's remarks.

"I just want to thank you for what you just said," Jones said. "I hope that other Republicans will also stand with you."

Hear what Rick Santorum had to say:

7:59 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Federal judge confirms Trump election observers in Philadelphia are being treated fairly

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

A Republican observer watches as Lehigh County workers count ballots as vote counting in the general election continues on Thursday, November 5, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
A Republican observer watches as Lehigh County workers count ballots as vote counting in the general election continues on Thursday, November 5, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mary Altaffer/AP

A Trump campaign lawyer admitted before a federal judge on Thursday that observers for the campaign were allowed to watch ballot canvassing in Philadelphia, after they claimed in court and the President's supporters alleged they were being deprived unfairly. 

But the federal judge was having none of it, instead asking Philadelphia city officials to confirm Democrats and Republicans were being treated fairly to watch the ballot-counting and that they were allowed to watch the ballot counting in the city from six feet away.

When the judge pressed the Trump campaign lawyer if there were observers in the room from the campaign, the lawyer, Jerome Marcus, said, "There's a non-zero number of people in the room."

The judge, Paul Diamond of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a George W. Bush appointee, also pointed out he believed the President's case appeared to have no reason to be in federal court, and even cracked a joke that the lawyer "shouldn't quit his day job" when the campaign handed the judge a hand-drawn map of the ballot counting room.

After the judge confirmed the parties would have the same number of observers in the room, he dismissed the Trump campaign's request because it was moot.

7:54 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

Arizona judge orders Trump campaign and Maricopa officials to come up with plan in Sharpie lawsuit

From CNN's Kara Scannell

Election officials arrive for work at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office on Thursday, November 5, in Phoenix.
Election officials arrive for work at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office on Thursday, November 5, in Phoenix. Matt York/AP

An Arizona state judge ordered the Trump campaign and Maricopa county officials to propose a joint scheduling plan by Friday morning to handle a dispute over the use of Sharpie pens to fill out ballots.

Judge Margaret Mahoney of the Maricopa County Superior Court dismissed a suggestion by a lawyer for the Trump campaign to postpone legal arguments in the case for more than two weeks – a timeline that a lawyer for the Arizona Democratic Party argued could delay the final vote tally for Arizona, a key battleground state in the presidential contest.

“That seems way too long. I don’t think that’s feasible,” the judge said. “We’re in a specific world here where it has to happen a lot faster.”

Thomas Liddy, a lawyer for Maricopa County, asked the judge to move swiftly to restore confidence in the system.

“The voters have a right to know that the allegations flying around the internet about Sharpies being dropped from black helicopters to cheat people out of their votes is fake. It’s not true but it’s really scaring people.”

He added that the vendor for the voting machines said that Sharpies are the best pen to use because the ink dries quickly and won’t smudge the glass readers in the tabulation machines.

“All of this, frankly, is a waste of time,” said Liddy.

Some context: On Wednesday a lawyer and the Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit representing 11 voters – only one is identified by name – against the Maricopa County Recorder, Clerk of Maricopa County and others asking that voters be permitted to observe the counting and adjudication of ballots.

7:25 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020

It's just after 7 p.m. ET. Here's where vote counting stands in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Lehigh County workers count ballots as vote counting in the general election continues on Thursday, November 5, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Lehigh County workers count ballots as vote counting in the general election continues on Thursday, November 5, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mary Altaffer/AP

The presidential race between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden remains on a razor's edge as election workers in key states continue to count ballots.

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

Here's a look at where vote counting stands in two key states:

  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania, the state that could take Biden over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the presidency, could complete most of its outstanding counts on Thursday or Friday, officials there said. The former vice president is only behind Trump by a little more than 78,000 votes in the Keystone State after having trailed at one point by more than half a million ballots in the hours after polls closed. 
  • Georgia: The state is one Trump cannot afford to lose with its 16 electoral votes, Biden's mail-in ballot advantage has pulled him to less than 4,000 votes of the President, as results came in from Fulton County around Atlanta with 98% of the state vote count reported. There are approximately 18,936 ballots still outstanding across the state as of 7:15 p.m. ET, according to a statement by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Almost all of the outstanding ballots are absentee ballots, Raffensperger told CNN earlier today.

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

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: