TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/AP) — The Associated Press has projected Joe Biden to win Pennsylvania and become the next president of the United States.
While news outlets are projecting Biden to win the race to the White House, it’s unclear when the election victory will be certified, as recounts and lawsuits seem inevitable.
This story will contain live updates below as results come in. Latest updates will appear at the top (all times ET):
7:30 p.m.: The President Trump campaign announced Sunday night that Rep. Doug Collins will lead the campaign’s recount team in Georgia.
“We are concerned about the lack of transparency in the tabulation process, especially given the reports of irregularities and improper ballot harvesting in Georgia,” said Matt Morgan, Trump 2020 general counsel. “In order for Americans to have full faith and confidence in our elections, every legal vote must be counted and every illegal or fraudulent vote must be excluded. We look forward to guaranteeing that our elections are safe and secure, just as we look forward to President Trump winning Georgia.
“Republicans stand by the ideal that every eligible voter should be able to vote legally and have it be counted,” said Rep. Collins. “During the coming recount, we are confident we will find evidence of improperly harvested ballots and other irregularities that will prove that President Trump won Georgia fairly again on his way to re-election as President. Georgians deserve a free and open process, and they will get one.”
1:55 p.m.: Despite a CNN report that Melania Trump told her husband to “accept the election loss,” her Twitter account is reflecting the opposite.
The First Lady tweeted Sunday afternoon that “The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.”
1:30 p.m.: Former President George W. Bush says the American people “can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.”
He says in a statement that “no matter how you voted, your vote counted.” And Bush says President Donald Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, with any unresolved issues to be “properly adjudicated.”
8:38 a.m.: Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning for the first time since Biden’s Saturday night celebration speech.
In the thread of tweets, the president quotes Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University who echoes the concern of voter fraud.
The tweets read:
“We should look at the votes. We’re just beginning the tabulation stage. We should look at these allegations. We’re seeing a number of affidavits that there has been voter fraud. We have a history in this country of election problems. In Pennsylvania you had an order by how these ballots were authenticated because if there’s a problem in the system about authentication, that would seriously affect the ENTIRE ELECTION – And what concerns me is that we had over a hundred million mail-in ballot in cities like Philadelphia and Detroit with a long series of election problems (to put it mildly).” @JonathanTurley
9:30 p.m.: During Saturday night’s celebration speech, Joe Biden said he will unveil a group of scientists and experts to help him craft a plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.
He said those advisers would help him take the proposals he’s released during the campaign for dealing with the pandemic — which include investments in personal protective equipment and loans for small businesses as well as plans to implement more standardized public health guidelines — and turn those proposals into a “blueprint” that he’ll enact when inaugurated president next January.
8 p.m.: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation at a celebration event in Wilmington, Delaware.
Harris expressed that voters have “ushered in a new day for America.” She continued by saying that voters chose hope, unity, decency, science, and truth in choosing she and Biden over President Donald Trump.
In his first speech after securing the White House, Biden made an appeal to supporters of President Donald Trump.
Biden said that “this is the time to heal in America” and pledged to be a president to represent even those who didn’t support him.
Noting “I’ve lost a couple times myself,” Biden said, “now, let’s give each other a chance.”
6:20 p.m.: President Donald Trump’s campaign announced Saturday has filed suit on rejected votes in Arizona.
A portion of the statement reads:
“President Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee today filed a lawsuit in Arizona alleging that Maricopa County incorrectly rejected votes cast by in-person voters on Election Day. When a machine detects an overvote on a ballot, poll workers should inform in-person voters of the error and give them an opportunity to correct the issue. Instead, poll workers in Maricopa County pressed, and told voters to press, a green button to override the error. As a result, the machines disregarded the voter’s choices in the overvoted races. The campaign has collected declarations from voters who witnessed the problem and alleges that the problem occurred on a large scale in Maricopa County.”
6 p.m.: President Donald Trump has returned to the White House and a very different Washington, D.C., after losing his reelection bid.
But as he approached the White House, he was welcomed home with boos and raised middle fingers. Chants of “Loser, loser, loser” and profanities were also heard as his motorcade drove by, according to the Associated Press.
Throngs of supporters took to the streets in cities across the nation to celebrate the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
5:20 p.m.: President Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time since the Associated Press and other networks projected Joe Biden to become America’s next president. The tweets come after the current president spent the morning at a golf course as results came in.
“THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE,” the president tweeted, in all capital letters.
2:20 p.m.: Local Tampa Bay politicians are beginning to offer their congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
1:45 p.m.: Dr. Jill Biden tweeted a photo of herself and President-Elect Joe Biden, saying “He will be a President for all of our families.” The Associated Press projects the president race for former Vice President Joe Biden.
1:30 p.m.: Crowds have gathered outside of the White House to reportedly celebrate the projected results of the election from the Associated Press.
1:15 p.m.: Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement congratulating President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on their projected win of the 2020 election.
12:40 p.m.: Biden and Harris are expected to give a primetime address Saturday evening.
12:30 p.m.: The Associated Press is projecting Joe Biden will win the state of Nevada.
12:30 p.m.: Senator Kamala Harris posted a video on Twitter of the phone call between herself and former Vice President Joe Biden when they received the Associated Press’ projected results.
12:05 p.m.: President Donald Trump is not conceding to President-elect Joe Biden, promising unspecified legal challenges seeking to overturn the outcome of the race for the White House.
12 p.m.: The Biden campaign has released a formal statement, which reads:
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
He has also released a video on Twitter, saying, “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.”
11:20 a.m.: The Associated Press and NBC are projecting Joe Biden to become the next president of the United States after claiming Pennsylvania.
9:45 p.m.: President Trump said his lawyers will provide an update from Philadelphia at 11:30 a.m.
Trump is calling it a “big press conference.”
9:32 a.m.: The Trump campaign issued a statement Saturday morning, saying “the election is not over.”
The statement says in part, “This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final. Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail. There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations.”
8 a.m.: The Trump White House is currently trying to figure out who will break the news to the President if and when the election is called for former Vice President Joe Biden, Vanity Fair and The Independent report.
While election totals appear to increasingly narrow against Trump’s reelection, MSNBC’s White House correspondent said, “”I had one person close to the White House tell me, ‘No one is willing to tell King Lear the truth.”
11:00 p.m.: Joe Biden projected confidence Friday that he would win the presidential election, citing his lead in votes in key states like Pennsylvania.
Biden noted he has already won the most votes in history for any presidential candidate.
He said a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same.”
He told the nation that the political parties may be opponents, but they are not enemies.
9:30 p.m.: Joe Biden has scheduled a prime-time address on the presidential contest as votes continue to be counted in several battleground states. Biden is on the cusp of victory as he opened narrow leads over President Donald Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is expected to deliver remarks Friday alongside Biden.
Harris has appeared alongside Biden during his remarks in recent days but has not made any public comments herself on the state of the race. A campaign official confirmed she will speak Friday night before Biden does.
3:30 p.m.: Top Republican officials in Georgia say they are confident the secretary of state will ensure that ballots are properly counted.
The statement Friday from GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and others came a day after President Donald Trump alleged without any details or evidence that election officials are trying to “steal the election” from him.
Democrat Joe Biden was leading Trump in Georgia by about 1,500 votes midday Friday. The Associated Press has not called the race for either candidate yet.
1:50 p.m.: President Donald Trump says he “will never give up fighting for you and our nation” as he is on the cusp of losing his bid for reelection.
In a statement released by his campaign, he says: “We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification.” And he adds that, “This is no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”
There is no evidence that any votes cast illegally are being counted or that the process is unfair and corrupt. Indeed, the ballot-counting process across the country largely has been running smoothly, if slowly, because of the increase in mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.
12:45 p.m.: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are expected to speak during primetime on Friday night, a campaign official told NBC News.
10:30 a.m.: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia’s Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling held an election briefing at the state capitol in Atlanta Friday morning.
Raggensperger said with such a small margin between the two candidates, “there will be a recount.”
“The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right and we will defend the integrity of our elections,” the secretary of state said.
Sterling said the state still has 4,169 ballots to process. He continued by saying that voters who have had their ballots rejected have until the end of the day Friday to get the issue resolved, or cured.
“There’s still an unknowable amount of ballots that will be available to be counted at some point,” Sterling said.
9:30 a.m.: With Democrat Joe Biden taking the lead in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, President Donald Trump’s campaign issued a statement expressing that despite his opponent’s slight leads, the election is not over yet:
“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final. Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail. There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations. We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law. In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots. Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press. Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected.”
8:50 a.m.: Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the state, which Trump must win to have a shot at reelection. Biden now holds a nearly 6,000-vote advantage.
The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Votes in the state are still being counted.
Trump’s lead dwindled after Election Day when state officials began processing mail-in ballots, a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming — without proof — that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden’s and Trump’s vote totals, state law dictates that a recount must be held.
4:40 a.m.: Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.
By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold. Biden now has a 917-vote advantage.
The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.
An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.
There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.
10:00 p.m.: President Trump’s lead over Joe Biden has been cut to 1,902 votes.
As of 10:00 p.m., Trump has 2,447,223 votes – or 49.4% of the vote. The former VP has 2,445,321 votes or 49.36% of the vote.
9 p.m.: Vote counting continued in several Georgia counties Thursday while the presidential race there remains still too close to call.
As of 9 p.m. EST, Trump’s lead in the state, according to the latest election results from the Associated Press, is down to just under 2,500. About 16,105 absentee ballots were still outstanding statewide as of 8:49 p.m.
Early Wednesday, President Trump prematurely claimed he carried Georgia.
“It’s … clear that we have won Georgia. We’re up by 2.5%, or 117,000 (votes) with only 7% (of the vote) left” to count, Trump said during an early morning appearance at the White House.
He also said he planned to contest the U.S. presidential election before the Supreme Court. It was unclear exactly what legal action he might pursue.
As of Thursday morning, President Donald Trump has 214 Electoral College votes to Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s 264 as of the latest AP race call of Michigan for Biden.
7:40 p.m.: Joe Biden in a Thursday evening tweet said, “No one is going to take our democracy away from us.”
His comment came after President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that Democrats were trying to “steal” the presidential election from him.
In a Thursday evening tweet, Biden says, “America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.”
7 p.m.: Georgia officials dumped more election results Thursday night that showed President Trump’s lead over Joe Biden cut to just 3,635 votes.
As of 7:08 p.m., Trump has 2,445,539 votes – or 49.42% of the vote. The former VP has 2,441,904 votes, or 49.35% of the vote.
Earlier Thursday, election officials said there 47,277 ballots outstanding in the state. Subtracting the number of votes both candidates had at that time (2,436,443 for Trump and 2,423,608 for Biden) from the number of votes both candidates have now, there should be approximately just fewer than 20,000 ballots left to count.
6:50 p.m.: In his first public appearance since election night, President Trump reiterated claims he tweeted throughout the day about electoral misconduct.
“This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election,” he said of Democrats, whom he accused of corruption while providing no evidence.
6:30 p.m.: President Trump is expected to speak from the White House around 6:30 p.m. as the race for the presidency remains too close to call.
5:15 p.m.: Election officials in Pennsylvania are expected to give an update Thursday evening on their vote count as the state remains too close to call in the presidential race.
The latest numbers out of the state show Trump ahead of Biden by more than 90,000 votes. As of 5:17 p.m., 88% of the expected vote had been counted.
4:30 p.m.: Joe Biden delivered a brief address to the American people on Thursday evening to urge calm and patience as votes continue to be counted in key battleground states around the country.
“In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters – no one, not anything else – that chooses the President of the United States of America,” he said. “Each ballot must be counted. And that’s what we’re going to see.”
The former vice president added that Democracy is “sometimes messy” and requires patience.
Biden also said he and running mate Kamala Harris were briefed on coronavirus and the economic fallout from the pandemic.
“Cases are on the rise nationwide and we’re nearing 240,000 deaths due to COVID. And our hearts go out to every family who has lost a loved one to this terrible disease,” Biden said.
4 p.m.: Joe Biden is set to speak from Wilmington, Delaware as the vote count continues in several key battleground states.
3 p.m.: Georgia election officials say there are less than 50,000 ballots still outstanding in the state as the race for the White House remains too close to call.
Georgia’s Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling provided an update late Thursday afternoon and said there are approximately 47,277 ballots left to be counted.
The latest numbers from the Associated Press show Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by just .26% of the vote.
2:30 p.m.: As several key battleground states continue to count ballots in the presidential election, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been getting virtual briefings on the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and its economic impacts, according to the Associated Press.
The AP says the former vice president and the California senator have been briefed by a panel of experts in Delaware while they await the results of the election.
1:30 p.m.: A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots.
Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn’t control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state’s chief election officer.
The lawsuit claimed Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan observers as well as challengers. She was accused of undermining the “constitutional right of all Michigan voters…to participate in fair and lawful elections.”
1 p.m.: It’s not yet clear when Nevada vote count totals will be high enough to award the state’s six electoral votes to President Trump or Joe Biden. The state’s largest county still has some 65,000 votes to count.
12 p.m.: A judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s campaign that asked him to ensure a coastal county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.
The suit had raised concerns about 53 absentee ballots that poll observers said were not part of an original batch of ballots. County elections officials testified that all 53 ballots had been received on time.
10:40 a.m.: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger held an election briefing at the state capitol in Atlanta. He touched on why the process to confirm and count ballots has taken so long.
“There’s only so many people who are involved in these processes in the 159 counties in the state,” Raffensperger said.
He stated there are about 60,000 votes outstanding right now and hoping to come “to a resolution by the end of the day.”
“This is going to be an extremely close margin, especially in the presidential election. And we anticipate every one of those… curable ballots and provisionals may come into account.”
6:15 a.m.: Joe Biden is just six electoral votes away from the 270 he needs to win the election.
Trump, with 214, can still win, but he faces an uphill battle. To carry the White House, Trump will have to win all four remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.
The campaign is suing Michigan and Pennsylvania to stop the vote count and is asking a judge in Georgia to order Chatham County to secure and account for ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day. In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count.
Trump’s lead in Georgia shrank to 19,000 votes overnight.
5 a.m.: Dozens of angry Trump supporters descended on election headquarters in Phoenix and Detroit as ballots were being counted in the two key states.
“Stop the count!” the Trump supporters chanted in Detroit. ““Stop the steal!” they said in Phoenix.
The protests follow Trump’s comments about major issues with ballot counting. Without evidence, the president suggested Wednesday that he lost the lead in several states due to “surprise ballot dumps.”
10:15 p.m.: Georgia Secretary of State reports there are approximately 90,735 ballots that still have to be counted across Georgia with just 31,748 votes separating Trump & Biden.
9 p.m.: Georgia Secretary of State reports there are approximately 107,700 ballots that still have to be counted across Georgia with just 38,120 votes separating Trump & Biden.
“Officials in numerous counties are continuing to count ballots, with strong security protocols in place to protect the integrity of our election,” said Raffensperger. “We have long anticipated – and said publicly – that counting would most likely take place into Wednesday night and perhaps Thursday morning. We’re on pace to accomplish that responsibly, ensuring that the voice of every eligible voter is heard. It’s important to act quickly, but it’s more important to get it right.”
7:10 p.m.: President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against the Chatham County Board of Elections asking a judge to order the county to secure and account for ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The lawsuit alleges that a Republican observer watched a poll worker take unprocessed absentee ballots from a back room and mix them into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated.
In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. Chatham County contains Savannah and leans Democratic.
4:25 p.m.: Joe Biden has won the state of Michigan.
According to the latest Associated Press count, Joe Biden currently has 264 electoral votes.
The Trump campaign said it filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania and Michigan, laying the groundwork for contesting the outcome in undecided battleground states that could determine whether President Donald Trump gets another four years in the White House.
4 p.m.: Joe Biden spoke to the media after being named the projected winner in Wisconsin.
“I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” he said.
3:30 p.m.: President Donald Trump’s campaign is suing to stop Pennsylvania’s vote count over a lack of “transparency” in process, according to the Associated Press.
3:15 p.m.: The Trump campaign said it filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Michigan state court demanding access to locations where ballots are being counted in one of the undecided states that could determine whether President Donald Trump gets another four years in the White House.
The campaign said it is calling for a temporary halt in the counting until it is given “meaningful access” in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots that already have been opened and processed. Trump is running slightly behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Michigan.
2:20 pm.: Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in battleground Wisconsin, securing the state’s 10 electoral votes and reclaiming a key part of the blue wall that slipped away from Democrats four years ago.
The Associated Press called Wisconsin for Biden after election officials in the state said all outstanding ballots had been counted, save for a few hundred in one township and an expected small number of provisional ballots.
Trump’s campaign has requested a recount. Statewide recounts in Wisconsin have historically changed the vote tally by only a few hundred votes; Biden leads by .624 percentage points out of nearly 3.3 million ballots counted.
The victory for Biden bumps him up to 248 electoral votes, while Trump has 214. It takes 270 to win the presidency.
1:45 p.m.: President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien says the president plans to “immediately” request a recount in the battleground state of Wisconsin, where the race remains close.
In Wisconsin, if a race is within 1 percentage point, the trailing candidate can force a recount.
On Wednesday afternoon, Biden had a lead of just 20,000 votes. A state election official told NBC News all the votes had been counted.
1:30 p.m.: Joe Biden broke the record of an old friend on Wednesday when we earned the most-ever votes cast in a U.S. presidential election.
Biden has collected at least 70,159,899 votes in 2020 (as of 1:30 p.m. ET) compared to President Barack Obama’s record-setting 69,498,516 in 2008.
Of course, Biden’s vote total is expected to rise as additional votes are counted.
10:35 a.m.: After his lead in key states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania slightly diminished overnight, President Donald Trump appeared to call the results of the election into question Wednesday morning.
“Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise [mail-in] ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!” Trump tweeted.
He went on to call the ballot dumps “devastating in their percentage and power of destruction.”
Twitter flagged the president’s tweet for it being potentially “misleading about an election or other civic process.”
Biden has a slight advantage in Wisconsin, leading by 1 percentage point, and also leads in Michigan by a slim .3 points. In Pennsylvania, Trump is leading by 9 percentage points.
10 a.m.: Both presidential campaigns are shifting their focus to Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three battleground states that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.
Biden has a slight advantage in Wisconsin, leading by 1 percentage point, and also leads in Michigan by a slim .3 points.
In Pennsylvania, Trump is leading by 9 percentage points.
5 a.m.: NBC News projects Joe Biden has won Hawaii, picking up four electoral votes.
4:15 a.m.: Joe Biden’s campaign says it’s prepared for a legal battle if President Donald Trump asks the Supreme Court to stop ballots from being counted.
In a statement sent to the Associated Press, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon called Trump’s comments “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect,” and said the Biden campaign has “legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.” And she says, “They will prevail.”
3:06 a.m.: The Associated Press says Joe Biden has won at least three of Maine’s four electoral votes in Tuesday’s election.
Using the “congressional district method,” Maine and Nebraska are the only states in the nation that split their Electoral College votes instead of a winner-take-all.
Biden won the statewide vote and picked up one electoral vote, winning Maine’s 1st Congressional District.
2:52 a.m: The Associated Press has called Arizona for Joe Biden becoming the second Democratic presidential candidate since 1948 to win the longtime Republican stronghold.
2:50 a.m.: The Associated Press has announced it is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the necessary 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.
2:41 a.m.: President Donald Trump is vowing to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the inconclusive election. The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the presidential race.
Trump appeared before supporters at the White House early Wednesday morning and cried foul over the election results, calling the process “a major fraud on our nation.” But there’s no evidence of foul play in the cliffhanger.
1:31 a.m: President Donald Trump has won four of Nebraska’s five electoral votes, while Democrat Joe Biden has won one electoral vote from the state.
1:20 a.m.: President Donald Trump says he’s planning to make a statement early Wednesday morning as the race remains too close to call.
Neither Trump nor Democrat Joe Biden has reached the 270 Electoral College vote threshold.
Trump is insisting by tweet that “Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!” even though, in multiple states, ballots can be counted if they arrive after after Election Day.
1:10 a.m.: NBC News has called Texas for Donald Trump.
12:55 a.m.: Joe Biden emerged Wednesday after midnight to speak on the election results that have left the outcome in the balance.
12:35 a.m: The Associated Press and NBC News have called Florida for Donald Trump and its 29 electoral votes.
12:20 a.m.: Democrat Joe Biden will speak shortly on the election results, as many of his key states remain too close to call.
The Biden campaign gathered the press pool that covers him in Wilmington, Delaware, for an early Wednesday morning statement but offered no further guidance.
12:19 a.m: The Associated Press has called Iowa and Montana for Donald Trump.
12:15 a.m.: The Associated Press has called Minnesota for Joe Biden.
12:05 a.m.: The Associated Press has called Hawaii for Joe Biden.
12 p.m.: NBC News projects Trump will win Ohio.
11 p.m.: The Associated Press has called for California, Oregon, and Washington for Joe Biden. The Associated Press has called Idaho for Donald Trump.
10:30 p.m.: NBC News has called Utah for Donald Trump. The Associated Press reports Trump has also won Missouri.
10:25 p.m.: NBC News reports the Democrats will maintain control of the House of Representatives. NBC News has called New Hampshire for Joe Biden.
10 p.m.: The Associated Press has called Kansas for Donald Trump.
9:45 p.m.: The Associated Press says Florida is at 91% in with President Trump holding a 3.5% lead at this time. NBC News says the state is still too close to call.
9:15 p.m.: NBC News has called Colorado for Joe Biden.
9 p.m.: The Associated Press has called New Mexico and New York for Joe Biden. The Associated Press has called Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for President Trump.
8:41 p.m.: NBC News reports Florida is too close to be called.
8:30 p.m.: The Associated Press has called Illinois for Joe Biden. The Associated Press has called Arkansas for President Trump.
8:20 p.m. The Associated Press has called Connecticut and Rhode Island for Joe Biden. The Associated Press has called Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina for President Trump.
8:10 pm: The Associated Press has called Tennessee for President Trump.
8 p.m.: NBC News has called Oklahoma for President Trump. NBC News has called Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, and Delaware for Joe Biden.
7:38 p.m.: The Associated Press has called Virginia for Joe Biden.
7:30 p.m.: The Associated Press has called West Virginia for President Trump.
7:10 p.m.: NBC News has called Indiana for President Trump.
7:05 p.m.: The Associated Press has called Kentucky for President Trump and Vermont has been called for Joe Biden.
7 p.m.: Polls in the Tampa Bay area have closed. If you are in line at 7 p.m. local time, you are allowed to cast your ballot.
Several counties in the panhandle area are open until 8 p.m. ET because of the time difference.
6 p.m.: Polls are open for one more hour in the Tampa Bay area. Florida polls close at 7 p.m. local time. Several counties in the panhandle area are open until 8 p.m. ET because of the time difference.
If you are in line at 7 p.m. local time, you are allowed to cast your ballot.
While all eyes are on the presidential election this year, control of the Senate is also up for grabs. Florida’s two senators – Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – are not up for re-election this year, but several seats in neighboring states could end up flipping.
Florida does have several seats in the House of Representatives up for grabs, including eight in the Tampa Bay area.
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