US election 2020 results live: Biden narrowly ahead of Trump as count continues

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Joe Biden continues to chip away at Donald Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia as last presidential election counts trickle in

This table shows an estimate for the amount of votes remaining to be counted in each state where the winner is not yet known, and the number of votes separating the current leading candidate from the second-placed party (the margin). Taken together the two things suggest how much scope there is for the positions to change in the final count.

State Votes left to count (est.) Current margin Current leader
% votes
Georgia 1% <50,000 665 Trump
Pennsylvania 3% <200,000 18,042 Trump
North Carolina 6% <350,000 76,701 Trump
Nevada 16% <250,000 11,438 Biden
Alaska 50% <200,000 54,610 Trump

 

Georgia
16 electoral college votes
Polls closed 2 days ago
Est. vote count 99%
Candidate Votes Percent

Donald Trump

2,448,183 49.4%

Joe Biden

2,447,518 49.4%

Jo Jorgensen

61,355 1.2%

Why does it matter?

Long a Republican stronghold, southern Georgia has recently become more of a battleground state due to its growing black electorate. In the 2018 governor’s election, Republican Brian Kemp defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by just 1.4 percentage points.

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Pennsylvania
20 electoral college votes
Polls closed 2 days ago
Est. vote count 97%
Candidate Votes Percent

Donald Trump

3,285,965 49.6%

Joe Biden

3,267,923 49.3%

Jo Jorgensen

76,135 1.1%

Why does it matter?

Pennsylvania was one of the largest states to swing to Trump in the 2016 election. He won the state by a margin of just 0.7 percentage points, turning it Republican for the first time since 1992.

North Carolina
15 electoral college votes
Polls closed 2 days ago
Est. vote count 94%
Candidate Votes Percent

Donald Trump

2,732,084 50.1%

Joe Biden

2,655,383 48.7%

Jo Jorgensen

47,215 0.9%

Why does it matter?

Historically Republican-leaning, North Carolina has become increasingly competitive in recent years. The state’s recent voting patterns mirror a national trend towards more polarisation, with cities swinging further towards the Democrats and rural areas towards the Republicans.

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Nevada
6 electoral college votes
Polls closed 2 days ago
Est. vote count 84%
Candidate Votes Percent

Joe Biden

604,251 49.4%

Donald Trump

592,813 48.5%

Jo Jorgensen

11,647 1%

Why does it matter?

Nevada’s population has grown rapidly in the past two decades, as has the share of Latino, Black and Asian American voters in the state. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won Nevada by a margin of 2.4 percentage points.

The winner of the election is determined through a system called the electoral college. Each of the 50 states, plus Washington DC, is given a number of electoral college votes, adding up to a total of 538 votes. More populous states get more electoral college votes than smaller ones.

A candidate needs to win 270 electoral college votes (50% plus one) to win the election.

In every state except two – Maine and Nebraska – the candidate that gets the most votes wins all of the state’s electoral college votes.

Due to these rules, a candidate can win the election without getting the most votes at the national level. This happened at the last election, in which Donald Trump won a majority of electoral college votes although more people voted for Hillary Clinton across the US.

How are the results reported?

The election results on this page are reported by the Associated Press (AP). AP “call” the winner in a state when they determine that the trailing candidate has no path to victory. This can happen before 100% of votes in a state have been counted.

Estimates for the total vote in each state are also provided by AP. The numbers update throughout election night, as more data on voter turnout becomes available.

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