Election 2020 presidential results

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Updated 8:17 AM ET, Sat November 7, 2020
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10:52 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Trump's economic adviser: "I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Top Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to the press at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 6.
Top Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to the press at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 6. Pool

Top Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said he thinks there will be a peaceful transfer of power. His comments come as Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania, putting him on track to win the presidency. President Trump shows no signs of concession. CNN has not projected a winner.

"I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power,” Kudlow said during an appearance on CNBC, when asked whether that was necessary to keep markets stable.

"I think the markets have been remarkably calm and resilient and actually rather bullish these past six months… This is a great country, this is the greatest democracy in the world, and we abide by the rule of law and so will this President," he said.

"There’s some things to clean up here, and again, it’s not my area of expertise, I’ll leave that discussion to the campaign. But yes, we will continue peacefully as we always do."

He added that other nations "should know that – that America is the greatest democracy, and we abide by the rule of law."

You can watch his full comments here.

10:45 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Joe Biden increases lead in Pennsylvania and inches closer toward the presidency

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on November 5 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on November 5 in Wilmington, Delaware. Carolyn Kaster/AP

With a fresh batch of votes coming in from Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has grown his lead in the critical Keystone State.

"It's is now up to 6,737 votes ahead of [President] Trump," reported CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

The latest collection of ballots arrived from Bucks County, an area just north of Philadelphia. With CNN's John King scribbling by hand on the Magic Wall, Blitzer offered the newest figures.

"Biden got 2,016 [votes.] Trump got 897 [votes,]. In other words, Biden got 68% ... that's why his lead has increased, over Trump, in Pennsylvania."

Though still a Democratic region, Bucks County has been competitive for Republicans, with Biden earning 51% of the vote in the county overall. However, among mail-in ballots in Bucks County — the largest remaining swath still to be tabulated — Biden is now bringing in votes at a rate of more than two-to-one.

"In a place where the President is much more competitive than in other places in Pennsylvania, he's getting walloped," King said.

Biden currently holds a 253-to-213 overall electoral vote lead. Carrying 20 electoral votes, Pennsylvania would put the former vice president over the top, giving him 273 electoral votes in total, and cementing his presidential victory.

With 95% of the vote having been counted, and the bulk of the outstanding ballots largely tied to Democratic regions, King said, "The math here, is beginning to look inevitable."

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10:31 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

USPS moved thousands of ballots on Thursday

From CNN's Paul Murphy

Ballots wait to be counted on November 5 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Ballots wait to be counted on November 5 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mary Altaffer/AP

The US Postal Service processed thousands of ballots in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania and Nevada on Thursday, court filings show.

In Pennsylvania: 2,927 ballots were processed in Pennsylvania facilities on Thursday, according to data submitted Friday in federal court filings. If the ballots were properly postmarked by Election Day and delivered by today, they could count.

This data does not tell us whether the ballots were postmarked by or on Election Day, or if they were delivered Thursday.  

Here's the breakdown by USPS district: 

  • 763 in the Philadelphia Metro district (this district does cover some parts of New Jersey and Delaware) 
  • 828 in western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and Erie
  • 1,326 in the central Pennsylvania district, including Allentown and Harrisburg

In Nevada: According to data submitted Friday in federal court filings, the USPS processed 1,270 ballots in Nevada processing facilities. If the ballots were properly postmarked, and delivered by today, they could count.

This data does not tell us whether the ballots were postmarked by or on Election Day, or if they were delivered Thursday.  

10:23 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Biden campaign on reports Trump won't concede: US can escort "trespassers out of the White House"

From CNN’s Sarah Mucha

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks as Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris looks on at the Queen venue in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 5.
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks as Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris looks on at the Queen venue in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 5. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is responding to reports that President Donald Trump has no plans to concede the race. 

"As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement. 

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1:48 p.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Here's why Biden's expected call with McConnell will be important

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny 

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Joe Biden has a long list of calls to make – and to field – today. But one of the most important conversations he will potentially have is with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

The two men have not spoken yet – a Biden aide said that would be premature and it hasn’t happened – but they expect that call to be made later today or soon, depending on the timing of the race being called.

And look for Biden to reach out to McConnell, who will likely play a key role in approving members of Biden's possible cabinet if Republicans continue to hold their majority, which even Democrats concede is likely.

For all the talk about when Biden and President Trump will speak – Biden will not initiate that call, an aide says – he will reach out to McConnell when the time is right to begin those conversations.

Biden and McConnell have a long relationship, serving together in the Senate for decades, but also working closely and cutting deals during the Obama administration.

“He will need that relationship more than ever now,” a friend of Biden’s said.

For McConnell’s part, he intends to take a remarkably cautious approach to Biden – given the sensitivity surrounding President Trump’s expected refusal to concede – but a person close to him said he will speak to Biden when the time is right and will be eager to do so.

Clarification: An earlier post quoted a McConnell adviser saying a call between Biden and the Senate Majority Leader may occur after a projected win. A McConnell aide tells CNN they have no information on the timing.

9:48 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Trump campaign says it will challenge a potential Biden victory

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 5.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 5. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump campaign released a statement Friday morning making clear they will contest the election, calling any projections of Joe Biden as the winner "false" and the race "far from final." 

"This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final," Trump campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement. 

Remember: CNN has not yet projected a winner in the presidential election. Joe Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has 213. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

Morgan's statement continued:

“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail. There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations. We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law. In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots. Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press.” 

The statement makes clear, as CNN has reported, the President has no intention of conceding as of now. 

"Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected," Morgan concluded.

Additional reporting from CNN's Kevin Bohn

9:44 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

GOP lawyer: Trump legal challenges "are not going to impact the outcome"

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

A republican lawyer in Pennsylvania, who is not part of the Trump legal team but is familiar with election challenges, says legal challenges in the commonwealth get Trump nowhere. 

“These challenges are not going to impact the outcome because none of them are going after the actual vote casts, they are all process challenges,” the source said.  

And even a Hail Mary scenario – where a Republican-led legislature would say there is too much chaos and decide the elector – now has been publicly dismissed by top leaders in Pennsylvania.

“The Pennsylvania General Assembly does not have, and will not have, a hand in choosing the state’s presidential electors or in deciding the outcome of the presidential election,” Pennsylvania State Senator Jake Corman, a Republican, said in an op-ed.  

“To insinuate otherwise is to inappropriately set fear into the Pennsylvania electorate with an imaginary scenario not provided for anywhere in law — or in fact,” he continued. 

The lawyer notes that Republicans in the Georgia and Florida legislature would push back hard on such a radical scenario trying to override a popular vote. That would be a potential way for them to lose their majorities down the road. And a lawyer for the Wisconsin legislature already told the Supreme Court how effective the electoral administration was. 

“It’s not going to happen,” the lawyer said about future challenges. “The next 48 hours will bring that clarity.” 

9:58 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

How close is Joe Biden to winning Pennsylvania — and the White House?

On-air analysis from CNN's David Chalian / Written by CNN's Jason Kurtz

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the Queen venue in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 5.
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the Queen venue in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 5. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden has taken the lead in the critical state of Pennsylvania. With an estimated 95% of the Keystone State votes having been tabulated, Biden is closing in on collecting Pennsylvania, and thus, the presidency.

"What our decision desk is now doing," explained CNN's David Chalian, "is calculating what do we know about the outstanding vote in Pennsylvania, what do we know about the rate it's been coming in."

The bulk of the remaining ballots in Pennsylvania will come from Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, a segment that has overwhelmingly come in for Biden to this point.

"Look what just happened in Philadelphia," said Chalian, of Biden's continued success in the state's largest city. "He got 87% of them. We know ... there's still a bunch of vote in Philadelphia to count. When that kind of Biden advantage vote, gets put into the vote totals, it just boosts that level of confidence that this will be potentially out of reach for Donald Trump."

Currently, Biden maintains a 253-213 electoral vote lead over the President. As votes continue to trickle in from the Philadelphia area, the Keystone State's native son is inching closer to the White House.

"We need to see a level of confidence when we're looking for these calculations that the candidate in second place, now Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, is not at all likely to overtake the candidate in first place, now Joe Biden," Chalian added. "When we get to that level of confidence... then a projection gets made."

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania carries 20 electoral votes, a bank that would get Biden past the coveted 270, the amount needed the clinch the presidency.

"We will await more vote to come into Pennsylvania, as we continue to make those calculations," Chalian reminded viewers.

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9:43 a.m. ET, November 6, 2020

Remaining pool of Philadelphia ballots is about 25,000

From CNN's Kate Bolduan and Mark Morales

The remaining pool of Philadelphia votes to be counted is about 25,000, according to a city official and an official familiar with the counting. 

These will take longer to count because they are provisional ballots, as well as ones that require review because of such issues as dates and signatures. 

The sources said city election officials are starting this batch from scratch.

"It’s going to be a while," one of the sources said.

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