Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Secretary of State, has posted to reassure voters that all of their ballots will be counted. She says “Hundreds of thousands of ballots in our largest jurisdictions are still being counted, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Warren & Sterling Heights.”
Michigan has about 10% of its votes left to count – some 539,000. Trump currently has a lead of 12,526.
It’s not just who ends up in the White House or the Senate or the House that was voted on yesterday. There were plenty of state-level decisions made. CNN wraps up some of those, including that:
- Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting abortion protections.
- Colorado voters rejected a ban on abortion beginning at 22 weeks of pregnancy.
- Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
Hi, it’s Martin Belam taking over for Tom McCarthy here. I’ll be with you for the next few hours. If you want to quickly get up to speed with where we are on the presidential elections and the race for the Senate and the House, then we have a ‘What we know so far about the 2020 election’ piece which lays it all out.
And if you want to hear what Guardian journalists think about the results so far, and what might come next, then we’ve got an online panel discussion later today. My colleagues Jonathan Freedland, Kenya Evelyn, David Smith and Sarah Churchwell will be taking part. It starts at 2pm in New York, which is 7pm in London. You can find out more details and book tickets here.
For people wondering why some outlets show fewer electoral votes for Biden than we show, the discrepancy appears to arise – depending on where else you are looking – from Arizona, which the Associated Press, which we use, has called for Biden but which some outlets have not called.
The secretary of state in Nevada says they won’t be posting a further count until Thursday morning, but the newshounds are going to be digging hard to get numbers before that:
Biden holds a narrow lead in the state, where voters have a week to “cure” their signatures if needed – meaning to confirm their vote if they forgot to sign or if their signature seems not to match voter files.
The race might not come down to Nevada, if Biden can find a couple victories elsewhere. But at this rate, Thursday morning could potentially not find Nevada in last place for reporting.
In the middle of a pandemic, the United States comes up with its highest turnout in presidential election since 1900, percentage-wise.
But women did not have the right to vote then and less than 20% of the population actually participated in that election. Here we are closer to 50% of the entire population – not just registered voters. Astounding.
Hillary Clinton garnered 2.87m more votes than Donald Trump in 2016. This time around, Joe Biden has expanded his lead in the popular tally to 2.2m votes – and it appears to have quite a ways to grow yet.
How that lead will overlay the electoral college is another matter, but Biden looks to be doing better than Clinton in that regard as well, with a clear path to victory as the vote comes in.
It’s not over until all the votes are counted, but Trump at this point would have to pull off some impressive vote shares in urban and exurban areas of Michigan and Pennsylvania to keep those states in his column.
We have buttoned up our previous election blog, but to get a sense of how the night unfolded (if you did not stay up) you can find it here.
As for where things stand, the presidential race is too close to call, with results in Wisconsin expected in the coming hours but other states – Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan – potentially taking days to complete their counts.
The Biden campaign has rebuked Trump for his “outrageous” false claim that he had won the election, an asserted also repudiated by state Republican party leaders across the country.
Biden said he’s “on track to win this election” and “we’re feeling good about where we are.” He called for patience as the remaining votes are counted.
Election day overall was largely free of the kind of civil unrest that was feared, but the Trump campaign was calling on supporters to “defend” the election and uncertain days lay ahead.
The Republicans looked to pick up a handful of seats in the House of Representatives, with Democrats holding the majority. Control of the senate was up in the air, but the Democratic path appeared narrow.
Don’t wait up on Nevada, says Jon Ralston, who knows whereof he speaks:
Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the US presidential election. As you will have gathered, it’s a close one. Multiple states are still counting ballots and it could be days before we know the result.
We’re waiting on a possible call in the presidential race in Wisconsin, where Biden held a narrow lead with a small number of absentee ballots left to count.
The race currently stands at 238 electoral votes for Biden to 213 for Trump, with six battleground states outstanding. If Biden can hang on to a narrow lead in Nevada, and seal the deal in Wisconsin, a win in Georgia (16 electoral votes), Michigan (16) or Pennsylvania (20) – brings him victory. North Carolina, with 15 electoral votes, is also still out.
To explore how the numbers work, check out our interactive “build your own election” tool:
Democrats encountered frustration elsewhere on Tuesday, conceding some ground they had gained in the House of Representatives, although retaining a firm majority in that body. Control of the senate was up in the air, though the path to a Democratic majority appeared narrow.