US Election 2020 Live Updates: Election Day in the United States is finally here. Over 95 million Americans had already cast their votes in person or by mail-in ballots by Tuesday.
Polls will open and close across the US at different times Tuesday, anywhere after 6 am and before 9 pm local time. Poll results expected on November 3.
Democratic Party candidate and former vice president Joe Biden is taking on Republican Party’s nominee and incumbent President Donald Trump. California Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are their respective running mates.
Donald Trump (74) is seeking to avoid becoming the first incumbent president to lose a re-election fight since George HW Bush in 1992.
Meanwhile, National Polls show Democratic candidate Joe Biden (77) with a broad lead. The race is, however, close in key battleground states needed to win the presidency.
LIVE RESULT UPDATES:
- 10:44 PM IST (Nov 7)
Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, projected to become the 46th US President
- 9:44 PM IST (Nov 7)
Two women suffered injuries after a shooter discharged a pellet gun into a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Reports
- 2:15 PM IST (Nov 7)
Biden has secured 632,558 votes so far in Nevada, 22,657 more than Trump’s 609,901 total votes in the state.
- 1:51 PM IST (Nov 7)
Pelosi to seek re-election as US House speaker
Veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi has announced that she was seeking re-election as Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
- 10:14 PM IST (Nov 7)
Michigan officials rectify software error that incorrectly gave some of Donald Trump’s votes to Joe Biden: Report
- 9:33 PM IST (Nov 6)
Even as the vote result is awaited, top Democrat Nancy Pelosi calls Joe Biden ‘president-elect’, reports AFP.
- 8:23 PM IST (Nov 6)
Biden leads in Pennsylvania now
Joe Biden has taken lead over President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, taking him closer to the 270 electoral college votes he needs to win the US presidential election.
- 4:20 PM IST (Nov 6)
Joe Biden closes in on presidency, leads in Georgia now
The Associated Press and CNN are now reporting that Democrat candidate Joe Biden is leading Donald Trump in Georgia by 1,000 votes. The state has 16 electoral votes and if Biden wins this, he will cross the magic mark of 270 and thus have a foot inside the White House.
- 3:10 pm IST (Nov 6)
- 12:54 PM IST (Nov 6)
“I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST”: Donald Trump
I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020
- 10:00 AM IST (Nov 6)
Trump accuses Democrats of ‘stealing’ election; claims he won ‘legally’
US President Donald Trump on Thursday (local time) accused the Democrats of “stealing the election”, while claiming that as per the “legal” vote count, he “easily wins”.
“If you count the legal vote, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us….I have already won many critical states… massive victories in Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, to name just a few, we won these and many other states despite historic election interference from big media, big money, and big tech… We won by historic numbers,” said Trump.
- 9:53 PM IST (Nov 5)
Donald Trump complains again
ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
- 9:20 PM IST (Nov 5)
Arizona state officials say there are 3,75,000 ballots still to be counted in the Western battleground.
Biden holds a 235 percentage point lead over Trump in Arizona — an advantage of about 68,000 votes.
- 7:00 PM IST (Nov 5)
- 6:20 PM IST (Nov 5)
- 2:00 PM IST (Nov 5)
There isn’t a projected winner of the US presidential election yet. Ballot counting is still underway in multiple states across the country.
- 1:59 PM IST (Nov 5)
- 8:35 PM IST (Nov 4)
US Election Day ends, counting is still on.
According to The New York Times report, as of 6 am Wednesday, eight states that will decide the next president remains uncalled.
The eight states are Pennsylvania (20), Georgia (16), Michigan (16), North Carolina (15), Arizona (11), Wisconsin (10), Nevada (6), Alaska (3 electoral votes), and Maine’s Second Congressional District (1).
Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads US President Donald Trump 227 votes to 213 in Electoral College votes. It takes 270 to win the White House.
Six Senate races were uncalled in five states: Alaska, Georgia, Maine, Michigan and North Carolina, NYT reported.
- 12:10 PM IST (Nov 4)
Here’s why we still don’t know who won the presidency
Polls have closed in most states and officials processing mail-in ballots. Election Day has come and gone and we still don’t know who won the White House as election officials still have millions of ballots to count.
While each of the states has varying processes, absentee ballot processing is a time-consuming process; signatures and voter registrations must be verified — often by hand — before ballots can even be tabulated.
- 11:49 AM IST (Nov 4)
- 11:45 AM IST (Nov 4)
“I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!” announces Donald Trump on Twitter.
I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
- 11:43 AM IST (Nov 4)
Biden now leads Trump 205 to 171 in electoral votes. It takes 270 to win the Electoral College.
- 11:42 AM IST (Nov 4)
Joe Biden speaks to supporters, expresses confidence he’s going to win
Biden spoke to supporters in Wilmington, Delaware, shortly after midnight and expressed optimism about his chances for victory.
“We feel good about where we are,” Biden said, adding, “We feel we’re on track to win this election. We knew, because of the unprecedented early vote, the mail-in vote, it was going to take a while. We have to be patient.”
“And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted. But we’re feeling good, we’re feeling good about where we are,” Biden continued.
He expressed confidence that he would come out victorious in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, giving him the presidency.
- 11:08 AM IST (Nov 4)
Currently, Biden holds a 205 to 136 advantage over Trump in the Electoral College.
- 10:46 AM IST (Nov 4)
- 10:16 AM IST (Nov 4)
Jay Inslee wins the third term as Washington governor
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee projected to win a third term.
With 86 per cent of the vote counted, the one-time presidential candidate Inslee had a healthy lead over GOP challenger Loren Culp, 59.5 per cent to 40.5 per cent.
- 9:42 AM IST (Nov 4)
Lindsey Graham projected to win re-election in South Carolina.
- 9:32 AM IST (Nov 4)
- 9:15 AM IST (Nov 4)
Currently, Biden holds a 118 to 108 advantage over Trump in the Electoral College.
- 8:35 AM IST (Nov 4)
Sarah McBride to become first transgender state senator in U.S. history
Sarah McBride has won her Delaware state Senate race, making her poised to become the first and only openly transgender state senator in the U.S. and the country’s highest-ranking transgender official.
- 7:55 AM IST (Nov 4)
Currently, Biden holds an 89 to 54 advantage over Trump in the Electoral College, yet all of the major swing states remain outstanding.
Trump has won North Dakota, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, NBC News projects.
Biden, meanwhile, has so far won New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., NBC News projects.
- 7:47 AM IST (Nov 4)
GOP Sen. Mike Rounds wins South Dakota Senate race
NBC News projects GOP Sen. Mike Rounds will win re-election in South Dakota, a state President Trump also carried.
This brings the total of seats Republicans have maintained on election night to seven. This was not seen as a competitive Senate race. Biden is projected to win Colorado.
- 7:30 AM IST (Nov 4)
NBC News projects that Biden will win New York. Trump projected public optimism, he could somehow flip New York, his birth state.
As of 9 p.m. on the East Coast, Biden now holds an 80 to 48 advantage over Trump in electoral votes. It takes 270 to win.
- 7:29 AM IST (Nov 4)
According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Trump is leading in the senior vote by roughly 3 points, 51 per cent to 48 per cent, which is a narrower margin than recent elections.
- 7:15 AM IST (Nov 4)
Trump wins West Virginia and Indiana, Biden wins Vermont and Connecticut, NBC News projects.
Trump wins Kentucky, NBC News projects.
Biden wins Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, DC while Trump carries Oklahoma, NBC News projects.
Trump wins Tennessee, NBC News projects.
Mitch McConnell expected to win Kentucky Senate race, NBC News projects.
- 7:07 AM IST (Nov 4)
As of 8:30 p.m. on the East Coast, Biden is up 51 to 42 over Trump in the Electoral College. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.
- 6:44 AM IST (Nov 4)
Trump is projected to win Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma, while Biden is expected to win Delaware, D.C., Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to Edison Research.
Trump will pick up 26 electoral votes, while Biden is projected to sweep up 31 electoral votes with those victories.
Indiana was the first state called in the 2020 presidential race. With 8 per cent of the votes counted, Trump had won about 65 per cent of the votes. Trump had been expected to win the state.
ELECTION DAY UPDATES:
- 6:18 AM IST (Nov 4)
The Nevada Republican Party and the Trump campaign have asked a Nevada district court to order nearly two dozen Clark County polling stations to stay open an extra hour, until 8 p.m., after a delayed opening Tuesday morning, say reports.
- 5:46 AM IST (Nov 4)
More than 300,000 ballots cannot be traced: USPS disregards court order to conduct ballot sweeps
The U.S. Postal Service late Tuesday afternoon turned down a federal judge’s order to sweep mail processing facilities serving 15 states. It said instead it would stick to its own inspection schedule. The judge’s order came after the agency disclosed that more than 300,000 ballots nationwide could not be traced.
- 4:55 AM IST (Nov 4)
Biden may not address supporters tonight
In an exchange with reporters in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday afternoon, Biden suggested depending on how long it takes for the results to roll in, he won’t necessarily deliver an election night speech.
“If there’s something to talk about tonight, I’ll talk about it,” Biden said after a visit to a community centre. “If not, I’ll wait until the votes have been counted the next day.”
- 1:14 AM IST (Nov 4)
North Carolina results to be delayed after voting extended at four precincts: Reports
- 11:10 PM IST (Nov 3)
Kamala Harris as president would be ‘terrible thing’ for US and women: Trump
“Joe Biden will never call the shots and if he does, he’s not going to be there very long. He’s got a vice president who’s further left than (Senator) Bernie Sanders, who is not a particularly good person and she would be, I think, a terrible first representative,” alleged Trump.
- 11:01 PM IST (Nov 3)
Trump says he built the greatest economy, which was ‘horribly’ interrupted by ‘plague’ from China
“We built the greatest economy in the world, it was horribly interrupted by something that should have never happened, came in from China, the plague. The plague from China,” Trump told Fox News in an interview, his first on the election day.
Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China’s Wuhan in December last year. He also accused Beijing of suppressing the details of the contagion.
- 10:12 PM IST (Nov 3)
Voting machines in a New York City polling place broken & completely locked.
- 9:45 PM IST (Nov 3)
Just voted. Felt good: Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic nominee and former US Secretary of State.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 3, 2020
- 9:44 PM IST (Nov 3)
Melania Trump casts her vote near Florida resort
First lady Melania Trump has cast her vote at a voting centre in Palm Beach, Florida. The first lady waved and smiled to reporters. She was the only person not wearing a mask when she entered the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center to vote.
- 9:42 PM IST (Nov 3)
Won’t ‘play games,’ will declare win ‘when there is victory’: Trump
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he will declare victory only when and if he wins the poll
“You know, there is no reason to play games,” he said, asserting, “I think we will have victory. You know, I look at it as being a very, you know, a very solid chance at winning.”
According to the latest aggregation of major polls by RealClear Politics, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by 7.2 per cent.
- 9:29 PM IST (Nov 3)
Donald Trump and Joe Biden confident of big victory
US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday exuded confidence of a big victory in the presidential polls. Trump predicted that a red wave would re-elect him to the White House, while his rival Biden is confident of a “big win”.
- 9:11 PM IST (Nov 3)
Joe Biden makes his way through the crowd outside of his childhood home on Election Day in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
- 8:35 PM IST (Nov 3)
US homeland security chief says no evidence ‘foreign actor’ has compromised votes
“We have no indications that a foreign actor has succeeded in compromising or manipulating any votes in this election,” Chad Wolf told a press conference that was streamed online.
- 7:45 PM IST (Nov 3)
Long lines seen outside polling stations
Due to the different time zones, the timing of the start of the polling differs from State to State. People in the East coast started trickling down to the polling stations as many States (including Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Maine) opened up the polling stations at around 6 am (4.30 pm IST). Polling in California starts at 7 am (8.30 pm IST). Initial reports indicated an early large turnout. Hundreds of people were seen outside polling booths even before the start of the polling in the battleground State of Pennsylvania.
- 7:15 PM IST (Nov 3)
Biden Campaign hopes to win over Black Voters in North Carolina: Reports
- 6:55 PM IST (Nov 3)
People line up to vote at a polling place inside the Bartow Community Center in the Bronx borough, New York.
- 6:44 PM IST (Nov 3)
On the election day, Trump says he feels ‘very good’ about chances
President Donald Trump said he felt good about his chances for victory as the US election opened Tuesday. He predicts that he would register big victories in key states such as Florida and Arizona.
“We feel very good,” Trump told Fox News in a phone interview.
“I think we’ll have victory.” Trump said.
- 6:27 PM IST (Nov 3)
Security has been tightened at the White House and major commercial avenues across the United States as America braced for possible violence in a bitter and divisive presidential race.
- 6:25 PM IST (Nov 3)
‘I’m asking you to trust again’ urges Joe Biden
In 2008 and 2012, you placed your trust in me to help lead this country alongside Barack Obama.
Today, I’m asking for your trust once again — this time, in Kamala and me.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 3, 2020
- 6:22 PM IST (Nov 3)
Legal challenges loom as America votes
Donald Trump says he is planning an aggressive legal strategy to try to prevent Pennsylvania from counting mailed ballots that are received in the three days after Tuesday’s election.
In an extension ordered by Pennsylvania’s top court, the deadline for receiving and counting absentee ballots in the battleground state is Friday. It is, however, unclear what other legal issues may arise on Election Day.
- 6:00 PM IST (Nov 3)
Global stock markets jumped and the dollar weakened obn Tuesday as polls opened for the US election.
- 5:33 PM IST (Nov 3)
Results in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin may take longer to be known.
- 5:32 PM IST (Nov 3)
Most votes are likely to be counted on Election Day itself in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio.
- 5:28 PM IST (Nov 3)
Kamala Harris appeals voters to mask up as they go to vote.
Election Day is here, and polling places across the country are starting to open. Mask up and find your polling place at https://t.co/VbrfuqVy9P.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 3, 2020
- 5:27 PM IST (Nov 3)
Joe Biden urges Americans to vote.
It’s Election Day. Go vote, America!
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 3, 2020
- 5:23 PM IST (Nov 3)
What’s 270? To win the White House, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes.
In the 2016 presidential election, nearly 2.9 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton but she still lost.
President Donald Trump won because he took the Electoral College under a system set up in the US Constitution and refined through the centuries.
To win the White House, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes. That’s a majority of the 538 that are up for grabs in the 50 states.
- 5:09 PM IST (Nov 3)
Joe Biden wins all five votes in Dixville Notch, a tiny New Hampshire township along the US-Canada border.
Democratic US Presidential nominee Joe Biden has won all five of the votes cast in Dixville Notch.
The ballots were cast in the minutes after midnight, becoming some of the first cast and counted on Election Day, reports CNN. Dixville Notch has become one of the first places in the country to show its preference.
CNN reported that Dixville Notch in 2016 went for then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, even though then-GOP nominee Donald Trump went on to win the Electoral College.
- 5:02 PM IST (Nov 3)
Voters wait in line at a polling station on US Election Day in Winchester, Virginia
- 4:38 PM IST (Nov 3)
US Election Day begins as polls open in New York, Virginia and New Jersey.
- 4:36 PM IST (Nov 3)
Voting begins at 6 am EST (3:30 pm IST) in most states and closes latest by 9 pm EST (6:30 am IST, Nov 4).