Live Updates: Election results from across the country roll in


Joshua Sun

Election results will continue to stream in throughout the night

By Charlie McKenna

Hour by hour, polling stations across the country are closing, and results from the highly contentious 2020 general election are beginning to pour in.

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of results as they come in, according to data from the Associated Press. 

The most recent state polls from Emerson College Polling showed Former Vice President Joe Biden leading incumbent President Donald Trump in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Ohio—key battleground states that all swung for Trump in 2016. Trump held a lead of one percentage point in Iowa, and polls showed a toss up in North Carolina, both of which pulled for the incumbent president in the last election. 

Nationally, an Emerson poll conducted Oct. 25 to 26 with a 2.8 percentage point margin of error gave Biden a five percentage point edge over Trump in the popular vote.  The margin of error varies in each state poll but typically rests in the plus or minus three percent range. 

All individual votes will not be fully counted for several months due to a surge in absentee ballots. Several states, like Pennsylvania, California, and Massachusetts, mandate that mail-in and absentee ballots cannot begin to be counted until Election Day. The 2020 election saw a surge in the number of mail-in ballots that experts predict could take weeks to be counted. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said Monday that 2.3 million ballots had been received in the state thus far. 

Galvin estimates that voter turnout will exceed the state’s previous record of 3.3 million—rising to 3.6 million. 



6:02 p.m.

AP called Michigan for Biden—the third state Trump won in 2016 to flip for Biden. The win in Michigan puts Biden at 264 electoral votes, just six away from assuming the presidency.

2:19 p.m.

AP called Wisconsin for Biden—a key pickup for the former vice president’s path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Donald Trump won the state in 2016.

1:41 p.m.

AP called Maine’s second congressional district for Trump, awarding the president one electoral vote. Along with Nebraska, Maine is one of two states to split electoral votes across the state.

3:14 a.m.

AP called Maine for Biden.

2:54 a.m.

AP called Arizona for Biden—the first battleground state won by the former vice president tonight.

2:38 a.m.

President Trump spoke to a group of supporters at the White House early Wednesday morning and declared himself the victor of the election, despite the fact that millions of votes have yet to be counted in several key states. “We will win this,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned we’ve already won this.” Trump called on states to disregard legally cast ballots that are not counted on election day—threatening to go to the Supreme Court.

2:04 a.m.

Polls across the nation are now closed. Results are still trickling in from key battleground states Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia with President Trump maintaining an early lead in all four states. It appears the nation will awake to uncertainty atop the executive branch.

1:31 a.m.

AP called Nebraska’s second congressional district for Biden. Nebraska is one of two states in the country to divvy up its electoral votes. Trump won the statewide count‚ good for two electoral votes.

1:07 a.m.

AP called Texas for Trump. Democrats hoped Texas could turn blue in 2020 after polls showed a virtual tie between the two candidates.

12:50 a.m.

Vice President Biden spoke to supporters early Wednesday morning and offered a confident message of optimism. Biden cited outstanding votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin as well as promising returns in Georgia. “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 said to a honking crowd of supporters in their cars. “Keep the faith, guys. We’re going to win this.”

12:40 a.m.

AP called Florida for Trump.

12:22 a.m.

AP called Ohio—a key state for President Trump’s re-election bid that Vice President Joe Biden hoped to turn blue—for the president. Montana was also called for Trump.

12:14 a.m.

AP called Minnesota for Biden.

12:14 a.m

AP called Hawaii for Biden.


11:09 p.m.

AP called Utah for Trump.

11:02 p.m.

AP called California, Washington, and Oregon for Biden while Idaho was called for Trump.

11:00 p.m.

Polls closed in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington at 11 pm.

10:57 p.m.

AP called New Hampshire for Biden, awarding the former vice president four electoral votes.

10:32 p.m.

AP called Missouri for Trump.

10:00 p.m.

Polls closed in Iowa, Montana, Nevada, and Utah at 10 p.m.

9:38 p.m.

AP called Colorado for Biden.

9:29 p.m.

AP called The District of Columbia for Biden.

9:03 p.m.

AP called Nebraska, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota for Trump, and New York and New Mexico for Biden.

9:00 p.m.

Polls closed in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming at 9 p.m.

8:57 p.m.

AP called Indiana, the home state of Vice President Mike Pence, for Trump. The incumbent president was the heavy favorite in the state.

8:41 p.m.

AP called Arkansas for Trump, a deeply conservative state the President was expected to win.

8:05 p.m.

Nine new states have been called by AP. Trump won Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Biden won Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The new calls bring Biden to 85 electoral votes and Trump to 55. Two hundred and seventy wins the presidency.

Senator Ed Markey won re-election, defeating Republican Kevin O’Connor.

8:00 p.m.

Polls closed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee at 8 p.m.

7: 58 p.m.

AP called South Carolina for the president—a state that was potentially in play for Biden.

7:39 p.m.

AP called Virginia for Biden, a state carried by former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump won West Virginia.

7:32 p.m.

Polls closed in Ohio, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

North Carolina is a key battleground state, with Joe Biden trying to flip the state blue after Mitt Romney and Donald Trump won the state in 2012 and 2016. Ohio could also flip blue after President Trump carried the state four years ago. 

7:14 p.m.

AP called Vermont for Biden, awarding the former vice president three electoral votes.

7 p.m.

Kentucky is called for Donald Trump—the first race called by AP thus far tonight. The state has eight electoral votes, candidates need 270 to win. 

Polls closed in Georgia and South Carolina at 7 p.m., providing the first glimpse at the results of the 2020 election. Results are beginning to come in from Florida, Virginia, and Vermont.

Georgia is a key battleground state in this year’s election—with polls showing a near tie between the two candidates.