Presidential election updates

Election Coverage Team

The Wire will be providing coverage of the 2020 presidential election. We will be using data provided by the Associated Press, FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times to determine the winner of each state’s electoral votes.

The Coverage Team is also analyzing coverage from CNN and The Washington Post.

Electoral Votes have been abbreviated to EV.

Battleground states are bolded when called.


Update 6:06 p.m.

Arizona — 90% of estimated votes reported. 50.1% Biden, 48.5% Trump. 


Update 5:44 p.m.

Pennsylvania — 94% of estimated votes reported. 49.8% Trump, 49.0% Biden. 


Update 4:27 p.m.

Georgia — 98% of estimated votes reported. 49.4% Trump, 49.3% Biden.


Update 4:25 p.m.

Trump has made wild and unfounded allegations that Biden and the Democrats are trying to “rig” votes and steal the election.

However, there is no evidence that any cheating or voter fraud is taking place. Trump’s questioning of the legitimacy of the U.S. election is merely indicative of his disappointment that the will of the American people has proved stronger that the institutions of voter suppression that he was relying on to win him the election.

By questioning the validity of the elections in Pennsylvania and Georgia, President Trump is hoping to appeal to his base and force the decision on the presidency to the courts in a last attempt to salvage his campaign. And while some of his supporters threaten places where votes are being counted, no state has stopped the count.

As the Atlantic stated this morning, “Not for the first time in his presidency… Trump has run up against something he cannot control.”

This is a legitimate election, and all votes must and will be counted.


Update 3:52 p.m.

Pennsylvania — 93% of estimated votes reported. 49.9% Trump, 48.8% Biden.


Update 2:44 p.m.

Georgia — 98% of estimated votes reported. 49.5% Trump, 49.3% Biden.


Update 12:15 p.m.

Biden: 253

Trump: 214


The Election Coverage Team will return tomorrow morning with new information on Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia.


Battleground States Update 11:43 p.m.

Arizona — 86% of estimated votes reported. 50.5% Biden, 48.1% Trump. We will not be receiving additional information tonight.


Battleground States Update 10:18 p.m.

Georgia — 95% of estimated votes reported. 49.6% Trump, 49.1% Biden.


Battleground States Update 8:17 p.m.

Georgia — 95% of estimated votes reported. 49.7% Trump, 49.1% Biden.


Battleground States Update 5:41 p.m.

Georgia — 95% of estimated votes reported. 49.8% Trump, 49.0% Biden. The New York Times still projects a Biden victory in the state.


Update 5:35 p.m.

5:34 p.m. — According to CNN, 36,000 votes will be coming in from Georgia at 9 p.m.


Update 5:07 p.m.

5:06 p.m. — According to CNN, votes will be coming in from Arizona and Georgia tonight.


Update 4:42 p.m.

4:38 p.m. — The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.


Update 4:08 p.m.

4:00 p.m. — According to The New York Times and CNN, we will not be receiving additional information from Nevada until 9 a.m. on Nov. 5.


Update 1:47 p.m.

Biden: 253

Trump: 214


1:43 p.m. — Biden wins Michigan. 16 EV. 


Battleground States Update 1:44 p.m.

Nevada — 86% of estimated votes reported. 49.3% Biden, 48.7% Trump.   

Arizona — 86% of estimated votes reported. 51.0% Biden, 47.6% Trump. 

Michigan — 97% of estimated votes reported. 49.8% Biden, 48.6% Trump. 

Pennsylvania — 84% of estimated votes reported. 52.0% Trump, 46.7% Biden.  

North Carolina — 95% of estimated votes reported. 50.1% Trump, 48.7% Biden. 

Georgia — 93% of estimated votes reported. 50.2% Trump, 48.6% Biden. 


Update 1:22 p.m.

1:16 p.m. — Biden gave a restrained but confident speech, in which he emphasized the democratic process. “I’m not here to declare that we have won, but when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winner,” Biden said. Biden cited leads in Michigan as evidence, arguing that he is currently more ahead in votes than Trump was in 2016.“We, the people, will not surrender,” he said, posing a challenge to Trump. 


Update 11:22 a.m.

Biden: 237

Trump: 214


11:20 a.m. — Biden wins Wisconsin. 10 EV.


Update 11:16 a.m.

CNN is projecting a Biden win in Wisconsin.


Update 11:13 a.m.

The Associated Press have called Arizona for Biden. According to The New York Times, 85% of estimated votes are reported with 51.0% Biden, 47.6% Trump.


Update 10:00 a.m.

9:52 a.m. — According to The New York Times, there are only about 300 votes left to count in Wisconsin (10 EV). Biden is leading by over 20,000 votes. However, the Trump campaign intends to request a recount.


Update 3:10 a.m.

Coverage Update: The Election Coverage Team is taking a break due to a lack of additional information on battleground states including Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. We will start updating this page again midday Wednesday, or when any large changes occur.

3:05 a.m. — Nevada will not be announcing additional results until 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.


Update 2:41 a.m.

Biden is 7331 votes ahead in Wisconsin, with primarily mail in ballots left to count.


Update 1:44 a.m.

According to CNN, Biden is down by 98,000 in Wisconsin, following the update from Kenosha. There are 170,00 outstanding votes to be reported in Milwaukee, from voters that are likely to be very blue. If Biden receives 80 percent of those ballots he nets 102,000 out of the 170,000 outstanding, giving him the lead in the state. 


Update 12:56 a.m.

12:55 a.m. — Coverage Update: Mail-in ballots will continue to be counted on Wednesday in many key states. Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Green Bay and other cities are still waiting to count ballots. In Pennsylvania, a state likely to become a legal battleground, there are a large number of uncounted ballots from counties including Philadelphia, Allegheny and Montgomery. Given these gaps in election numbers, there will be no clear winner tonight, and a decisive answer may take some time. Though Trump has claimed victory and declared his intention to stop additional votes from being counted, these statements are false and do not reflect either the American voting system or the will of the American people.


Update 12:44 a.m.

12:41 a.m. — According to The New York Times, a legal battle has begun in Pennsylvania. Republicans filed a series of lawsuits on Tuesday; two are scheduled to be heard on Wednesday.


Update 12:20 a.m.

12:15 a.m. — CNN projects that there will be additional information on Wisconsin and Michigan in the next hour.


Update 12:09 a.m.

Biden: 227

Trump: 213


12:07 a.m. — Biden wins Maine. 3 EV.


Update 11:41 p.m.

In contrast to Biden’s brief but hopeful speech, Trump gave a long, rambling speech in which he falsely claimed victory and called on the Supreme Court to stop the election early. By emphasizing particular numbers of votes, rather than percentages, Trump attempted to exaggerate his lead in important swing states such as Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina. He repeated, “I want the voting to stop.”


Update 10:58 p.m.

Biden: 224

Trump: 213


10:54 p.m. — Biden wins 1 EV in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.


Update 10:23 p.m.

Biden: 223

Trump: 212


10:22 p.m. — Trump wins Texas. 38 EV.


Update 10:20 p.m.

10:13 p.m. — MSNBC has called Texas (38 EV) for Trump.


Update 10:04 p.m.

Biden: 223

Trump: 174


10:02 p.m. — Biden wins Minnesota. 10 EV.


Update 9:47 p.m.

Biden makes an announcement, professing confidence in Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. He contended that it would take time to count votes in Pennsylvania, but it looks encouraging.

“It is not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election. It is the place of the American people,” Biden said.


Update 9:41 p.m.

Biden: 213

Trump: 174


9:38 — Trump wins Florida. 29 EV.


Update 9:28 p.m.  

Biden: 213

Trump: 145


9:26 p.m. — Trump wins Iowa. 6 EV.


Update 9:22 p.m.

Biden: 213

Trump: 139


9:22 p.m. — Trump wins Montana. 3 EV.


Update 9:14 p.m. 

Biden: 213

Trump: 136


9:08 p.m. — Trump wins Ohio. 18 EV. 

9:08 p.m. — Biden wins Hawaii. 4 EV.


Update 9:06 p.m.

CNN has called Ohio (18 EV) for Trump. The New York Times and the Associated Press haven’t not called it yet.

Atlanta, Georgia has announced that they will not finish counting tonight.


Battleground States Update 8:47 p.m. 

Texas — 86% of estimated votes are in. 52.0% Trump, 46.6% Biden. 

Florida — 94% of estimated votes are in. 51.2% Trump, 47.8% Biden. 

Georgia — 70% of estimated votes are in. 54.0% Trump, 44.8% Biden. 

North Carolina — 95% of estimated votes are in. 50.1% Trump, 48.7% Biden. 

Ohio — 88% of estimated votes are in. 53.2% Trump, 45.3% Biden. 


Update 8:46 p.m. 

Pennsylvania has 50% reporting.


Update 8:22 p.m.

8:21 p.m. — Both CNN and 538 are reporting that the election may come down to Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will not be finalized for a day or more. Some ballots in Pennsylvania will not even be counted until tomorrow. In addition, North Carolina is appearing to be a tight enough race that the result may come down to late-arriving mail in ballots. It is appearing unlikely that there will be any result tonight.


Update 8:17 p.m. 

Biden: 209

Trump: 118


8:09 p.m. — Trump wins Utah. 6 EV. 

8:08 p.m. — Biden wins New Hampshire. 4 EV.


Update 8:04 p.m.

Biden: 205

Trump: 112


8:01 p.m. — Biden wins Washington State. 12 EV.

8:01 p.m. — Biden wins Oregon. 7 EV.

8:01 p.m. — Trump wins Idaho. 4 EV.

8:01 p.m. — Biden wins California. 55 EV.


Update 7:49 p.m.

Biden: 131

Trump: 108


7:32 p.m. — Trump wins Missouri. 10 EV. 


Update 7:31 p.m.

7:24 p.m. — According to ABC News, Pennsylvania is not expected to have all votes counted until Friday. 


Update 7:17 p.m.

7:14 p.m. — Correction from The New York Times: Nevada polls are not closed due to a judge ordering a 0ne hour extension in Clark County. 


Update 7:13 p.m.

Biden: 131

Trump: 98

7:07 p.m. — The polls have just closed in Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah and a portion of Idaho. Iowa, Montana and Utah are projected to go to Trump. Nevada is strongly predicted to go to Biden. 

7:01 p.m. — Trump wins Kansas. 6 EV. 


Update 6:41 p.m.

Biden: 131

Trump: 92


6:36 p.m. — Ohio, with 60 percent of votes in, is showing a small Biden lead, despite being won by Trump in 2016 by eight points. This is a good indication of Biden’s strength in Pennsylvania, regardless of whether he wins it or not. 

6:38 p.m. — Biden wins Colorado. 9 EV. 

6:29 p.m. — Biden wins District of Columbia. 3 EV. 


Update 6:07 p.m.

Biden: 119

Trump: 93


6:01 p.m. — Trump wins Louisiana. 8 EV. 

6:01 p.m. — Biden wins New Mexico. 5 EV. 

6:01 p.m. —  Biden wins New York. 29 EV.

6:01 p.m. — Trump wins South Dakota. 3 EV.

6:01 p.m. — Trump wins Wyoming. 3 EV.

6:01 p.m. — Trump wins Nebraska. 5 EV.  

5:54 p.m. — Trump wins Indiana. 11 EV

5:31 p.m. — Trump wins Arkansas. 6 EV


Update 5:28 p.m.

Joseph R. Biden Jr.: 85

Donald J. Trump: 55


Trump wins Oklahoma. 7 EV.

Biden wins Illinois. 20 EV.

Trump wins Kentucky. 8 EV.

Trump wins Tennessee. 11 EV.

Trump wins Mississippi. 6 EV.

Trump wins Alabama. 9 EV.

Trump wins South Carolina. 9 EV.

Trump wins West Virginia. 5 EV.

Biden wins Virginia. 13 EV.

Biden wins Maryland. 10 EV.

Biden wins Delaware. 3 EV.

Biden wins New Jersey. 14 EV.

Biden wins Connecticut. 7 EV.

Biden wins Rhode Island. 4 EV.

Biden wins Massachusetts. 11 EV.

Biden wins Vermont. 3 EV.


The Election Coverage Team consists of Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-Chief; Ella Meyers, Publisher; Allison Cohen, Chief Copy Editor; Mat Chapin, Managing Editor.