2020 Presidential Election Live Updates

Follow our live blog for updates on who wins and who loses the 2020 Presidential Election

Updated at 11:35 a.m. on Nov. 7th

Electoral Ballot Count:

290 - Democratic Candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr.

214 - Republican Candidate Donald J. Trump

(34 votes remaining)

After four long years under Donald Trump's presidency and an even longer 2020, the 2020 Presidential Election has finally arrived.

The United States has never been more polarized politically and with the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and climate change among the many other issues we face as a country, a lot is at stake as far as deciding who the next POTUS will be. 

So it’s no surprise that this election cycle is considered one of the most anticipated elections in history between Republican recumbent Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. 

It has broken early voting records with about 100 million votes cast early. (For reference, 138.9 million people voted in total for the 2016 presidential election.) It's also perhaps the most anxiety-inducing, with cities across the United States boarding up storefronts in anticipation for civil unrest despite who wins.

Regardless, in true 2020 fashion, the results are sure to be surprising.

Here's what to know for election night:

  • The first of this country's polls close at 6 p.m. EST in parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

  • The last polls will close in Alaska at 1 a.m. EST.

  • During a continuing pandemic, this election has had more mail-in-voters than ever before. Because each state counts ballots differently, it could be days or even weeks before all votes have officially been counted.

What to look out for:

  • The results of the country's battleground states are predicted to determine the outcome of the presidential election. Most notably of those battleground states are Texas and Florida. According to Buzzfeed News, if Biden wins the election in Florida, he will win the presidency. If Trump wins Florida, however, things will still be up for grabs for either party.

Updated at 11:35 a.m. on Nov. 7th

What's the latest:


After four long years, America can finally take a breath.

While dear Florida couldn't make the cut, Wisconsin and Michigan dried out the red tide and built blue walls. Biden's homestate of Pennsylvania turned a cool blue in his honor. Nevada managed to put its thinking hats to work and count thousands of mail-in-ballots. Even Georgia — oh Georgia, I'm sorry for ever doubting you — came over to the blue side, too.

In the end, Joe Biden broke President Obama's record for most ballots for a presidential candidate with 74,985,966 votes. Senator Kamala Harris broke boundaries in becoming not only the first female vice president but also the first South Asian and Black vice president in American history.

It's been a year full of sickness, violence and utter rage and dissapointment. Take today as an opportunity to smile. Celebrate. Scream from the rooftops and let the sun's rays tickle your skin (she's definetely bright and about today!).

Appreciate this victory. Tomorrow, the real work begins.

By Lauren Rousseau

Updated at 1:21 p.m. on Nov. 6th

We're Almost There, Folks

It's day four of Election Day; We've laughed, cried, screamed into the abyss that is 2020.

Overnight, the so-called "blue wall" was the polls have leaned in Biden's favor in Pennslyvania and Georgia and votes are still coming in. But we can't quite make the call yet.

Philadelphia officials said it would release an update of an additional 2,000 to 3,000 votes today; The remaining 40,000 voting number will be released in the next few days.

In Georgia, things are more complicated. The battleground state has reported about 98% of votes, and is leaning in Biden's favor by less than 0.1%, according to The New York Times. As a result, Georgia's Secretary of State said there will likely be a recount in the state.

Georgia Democrats are encouraging those who voted by mail to check if their ballot was processed and counted correctly. If not, Georgia voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday to submit an affidavit form to fix those tainted ballots. The affidavit form can be found here.

In the meantime, take a breather. We'll be around to fill you in on the juicy details that come up along the way.

If you're getting tired of refreshing your browser, too, we've come up with a list of solutions on what to do while waiting.

By Lauren Rousseau

Updated at 6:22 p.m. on Nov. 5th

For Once, Congress Might Be Somewhat Equal 

For six years, republican senators have controlled the Senate. As of right now in the election, however, the Senate is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans with 48 members each. 

The results of four state elections have yet to be announced: Alaska, North Carolina, Georgia’s general senate election and a special Georgian senate election to replace republican senator Jonny Isakson who resigned in August 2019 due to health reasons. All four races are currently leaning republican. 

The House of Representaties, however, is in the democracts favor with 209 members versus Republican’s 190. 

The chance for a divided congress is said to make Democrats hopeful that they will able to finally move a coronavirus relief package for Americans, something Republican senators have done in the past. 

By Lauren Rousseau

Updated at 5:05 p.m. on Nov. 5th

Trump Makes Petty Strides in Pennsylvania

A state appellate court approved the Trump campaign’s request to allow Republican observers to physically move closer to poll counters in Philadelphia’s main canvassing area.

Trump’s senior campaign aide declared on Twitter the decision was a “major legal victory.” Twitter has already flagged the post as misleading.

Before, Republican eyes were stationed 20 feet away. Now, they will be six feet away from the workers — as if that will magically alter the course of this election. 

The attempt is intended to stall if not stop votes from being counted, as predicted by the Biden campaign

By Samantha Bailon

Updated at 3:19 p.m. on Nov. 5th

WTF is Going on in Nevada 

It’s day three and … yeah we’re just as confused as you are. In case you weren’t already aware, the huge surge in mail-in-ballots has caused an unprecedented delay in ballot counting across the US, most notably Nevada.

Clark County in Las Vegas announced it will not release results until Friday afternoon. It estimates there will be about 63,000 more votes tomorrow. Experts predict the remaining votes are expected to lean more democatic but Nevada plans to continue updating once a day. Joe Biden is currently polling at 53.1% in the county.

As for the entire state of Nevada, an estimate of 89% of votes have been counted and Biden remains in the lead (11,438 votes) ahead of Trump at 49.4% to Trump’s 48.5%, according to the New York Times.

Mail-in-Ballots have slowed down the state and they are focused on accuracy rather than speed, but the majority of mail-in-ballots should be counted by this weekend. 

Nevada will count all ballots postmarked by Election Day and more are expected to arrive until Nov. 10, but all must be officially counted by Nov. 12.

The Trump campaign has already said they will file a lawsuit in Nevada, adding to the suits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia under the claim that the counted votes are “illegal” and placed by people who either moved or are dead. A Michigan judge already denied Trump’s suit in the state, and there has been no evidence of fraudulent activity in the national election (duh, Donald).

The Trump administration losed in Nevada in 2016 and has struggled to win over the state’s largest metropolitan counties.

By Samantha Bailon

Updated at 5:12 p.m. on Nov. 4th

Biden Wins Arizona

In another win, Joe Biden won the battleground state Arizona, giving him 11 more electoral votes, according to the Associated Press. This raises his total electoral college vote to 264, only six votes away from winning the presidency.

This is the first time Arizona has voted blue in a presidential election since 1996, winning 51% of the votes.

By Lauren Rousseau

Updated at 4:46 p.m. on Nov. 4th

Biden Wins Michigan 

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won the election in Michigan, a battleground state, with 49.8% of the votes. Though Michigan has been a traditionally blue state over the last 20 years, Donald Trump won the state by the smallest margin of the 2016 election. 

This time around, however, Biden earned Michigan's 16 electoral votes, placing him with 253 electoral votes in total.

By Lauren Rousseau

Updated at 4:11 p.m. on Nov. 4th

Trump Campaign Sues to Halt Vote Counts in Pennsylvania and Michigan; Demands A Wis. Recount

After Joe Biden secured Wisconsin, placing him at a 30 Electoral Vote lead, the Trump campaign said it will be suing to temporarily postpone vote counting in the remaining two battleground states, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

The Associated Press reported these plans after Trump’s campaign observers demanded improved access to ballot processing centers in both states. They also request that ballots that have been opened and processed be reviewed by campaign workers.

A recount for Wisconsin was also demanded as a result of perceived irregularities in select counties. Mail-in ballots will continue to be processed in Pennsylvania and Michigan until further notice.

As of now, Wisconsin remains blue with Joe Biden in the lead.

By Kaylinn Escobar