Election 2020: Biden wins presidential election

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Presidential election: Results by state

First reported by Associated Press

Chart by Claire Malon



Map by Cam Rodriguez

 Joe Biden wins presidential election

After winning a close race in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, Democratic nominee Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States. 

After winning the Keystone state’s 20 electoral votes, Biden obtained  284 electoral votes,  above the 270 threshold needed to win.

In 2016, Trump won Pennsylvania by over 44,000 votes, one of the “blue wall” states he flipped red that helped him win the presidency. 

Since Tuesday, President Trump held a narrow lead in Pennsylvania, but as mail-in ballots were counted, Trump’s lead diminished, putting Biden ahead Friday morning.

 On Wednesday, the Trump campaign announced it would look into challenging Pennsylvania’s late arriving mail-in ballots at the Supreme Court. 

By Theodroa  Koulouvaris , 10:34 a.m.

Most of Trump’s recent tweets have been censored, flagged with warnings

Five tweets posted by President Trump Wednesday have been censored with warnings by Twitter for containing misleading or false information.

Pertaining to the counting of mail-in ballots, Trump tweeted, “They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear – ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!” 

The censored tweets include claims of Trump declaring wins and leads in uncalled states as well as suggesting and raising panic about voter fraud. 

Daniel Dale, a fact-checker and reporter for CNN posted on Twitter that “almost everything Trump has said or tweeted today has been wrong.” 

Earlier this afternoon, the president tweeted “…there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!” 

This has also been flagged, with Twitter stating that  “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” 

Donald Trump Jr. has also been censored and flagged by Twitter today. 

Earlier this afternoon Trump Jr. tweeted “We have won Pennsylvania!”, when in fact, the state has not been officially called yet. 

Trump Jr. then replied to his tweet saying, “Based on actual math and not gamesmanship like the democrats are attempting.” 

Twitter flagged this tweet with “Official sources may have not called the race when this was Tweeted”. 

Other Trump staffers like Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, have also been flagged on Twitter for claiming a victory in yet-to-be-called Pennsylvania on her personal Twitter account. 

Predicted to be motivated by many of the false claims posted by Trump and his staffers, Trump voters have been showing up to various election centers claiming the race is being stolen from him.  

By Rebecca Meluch, 10:31 p.m.

White House, Biden call a lid

CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted Wednesday afternoon that the White House just called a lid, meaning “we do not expect to see President Trump for the rest of day.” 

This came shortly after CNN projected Biden winning Michigan, with Trump condemning further ballot counting in Detroit and claiming to have won Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina. 

 “We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact…” the president tweeted shortly after the White House called a lid, although Twitter put a warning on the sent tweet. 

Collins also reported that the Trump campaign has also not taken questions in various calls they have had today. 

The White House sometimes calls a lid when it does not have further plans to release any information about a key topic and to give journalists and news outlets the notice that no questions will be answered. 

The Biden campaign also called a lid prior to the White House’s announcement. 

A lid can be lifted if news requires a public appearance. Both candidates are still able to tweet.

By Rebecca Meluch, 8:27 p.m.

Biden wins Michigan

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won Michigan with a narrow lead of more than 70,000 votes over President Trump with 99% of the vote reporting according to the Associated Press.

Worth 16 electoral votes, Michigan was one of the key battleground “blue wall” states in the Midwest that Biden needs to win the presidency.

In six consecutive presidential elections from 1992 to 2012, Michigan has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee up until 2016, when President Trump flipped the state red.

Former Vice President Joe Biden departs from a forum on the opioid epidemic, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Seven women have so far accused the likely Democratic primary candidate of inappropriate touching and unwanted physical contact. (Matt Rourke / AP)

With Michigan and Wisconsin, the former vice president is at 264 electoral votes according to the Associated Press needing just six more electoral votes to win. As of now, some networks have not called the race in Arizona for Biden which would put him at 253 electoral votes.

As of now, Biden is leading in Arizona with 84% of the vote reporting and Nevada with 75% of the vote reporting. Nevada is expected to release results Wednesday after the elections division of the secretary of state’s office previously announced that they would not  would wait until 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday.

By Theodora Koulouvaris, 5:02 p.m.

Nevada to release election results Wednesday

Despite previously announcing election results would not be available until Thursday morning, Nevada will be releasing results Wednesday, according to 8 News Now.

The results will be released earlier than previously announced due to “high interest in how Nevada voted.”

Nevada has currently reported 86 percent of total votes, with Democratic candidate Joe Biden holding 49.3 percent of the vote over President Trump.

By Emma Oxnevad, 4:49 p.m.

Trump campaign is suing to stop vote count in Pennsylvania, declares victory

President Donald Trump’s campaign said it’s suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of “transparency.”

Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” 

He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.”

Minutes after suing to stop counting in Pennsylvania – with only 84% votes reported according to the New York Times – Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said on a press call that “we are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania.”  Pennsylvania officials are still counting ballots.

Clark also said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.

There have been no reports by law enforcement of fraud or any type of ballot concerns out of Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press. The state had 3.1 million ballots mailed out that take time to count, and an order allows them to be counted up until Friday if they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

By Damita Menezes, 4:24 p.m.

Nevada announced results won’t be released until Thursday

The elections division of Nevada’s secretary of state’s office announced in a tweet on Wednesday that it will not release any new updates on election results until Thursday at  9 a.m. Pacific time. 

As of now, all in-person early votes, all in-person Election Day votes as well all mail ballots through Nov. 2 have been counted. 

Mail ballots received on Election Day and those received over the next week as well as provisional ballots have yet to be counted. 

“Ballots outstanding is difficult to estimate in Nevada because every voter was sent a mail ballot,” the elections division wrote in a tweet. “Obviously, not all will vote.”

Currently, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a narrow lead in Nevada with nearly 8,000 votes and 75% of the vote reporting according to the Associated Press.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state by over two percentage points, according to The New York Times.

By Theodora Koulouvaris, 3:14 p.m.

Trump campaign files lawsuit in Michigan as Biden is in the lead

The Trump campaign said it filed a lawsuit 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 have already been opened and processed. Trump is running slightly behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Michigan. 

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump tweeted misleading or inaccurate claims about ongoing vote counts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania from Wednesday morning into the early afternoon. 

The tweets, in which Trump sowed doubt about the legitimacy of counting legal votes beyond Election Day, were flagged by Twitter as containing misleading information.

By Damita Menezes, 2:57 p.m.

Democrat Casten retains IL-6 seat, Ives concedes

Sean Casten will keep his seat representing Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in Congress, a remarkable repeat of his prior win two years ago against longtime Republican incumbent Peter Roskam.

Jeanne Ives, a former Illinois state representative (Dist. 42 – Wheaton) and one-time gubernatorial candidate, was Casten’s Republican challenger; after receiving 46.2 percent of the vote, she conceded the race earlier this morning.

Rep. Sean Casten takes a phone call from his Downers Grove, Ill., office on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Casten was elected to a second term after a challenge from Republican Jeanne Ives in historically GOP territory outside Chicago. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP) (AP)

Illinois’ 6th District flipping Democratic has stood as a surprise for residents and politicos alike – a large district that spans southern and northeastern DuPage, parts of western Kane and Lake, and reaches of Cook and McHenry counties, the region has long been a Republican stronghold, banking on wealthier and more conservative cities in the collar counties to establish that.

Casten, who is a progressive, continued his 2016 platform, promoting the development of plans for climate change and support for affordable healthcare, as well as appealed to the growing demographic of suburban women who cast Democratic votes this election.

“In this election, we ran against – not only Sean Casten – but members of both parties’ establishments, the media and other institutions that have protected entrenched interests for decades,” Ives said in her concession speech. “My team fought hard, but in the end the power of the opposition was too great. It is somewhat unclear to me what lies ahead for Illinoisans.”

By Cam Rodriguez, 1:28 p.m.

Biden wins Wisconsin in tight race

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won Wisconsin with a narrow lead of 20,000 votes over President Trump with 95% of the vote reporting according to the Associated Press.

Worth 10 electoral votes, Wisconsin was one of the key battleground “blue wall” states in the Midwest that Biden needed to win which President Trump won in 2016, flipping the state red for the first time in decades according to The Hill

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien released a statement this afternoon asking for a recount in Wisconsin, raising questions about the validity of election results.

In this March 10, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” Stepien said. “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

For a recount to occur, Reid Epstein of The New York Times said the margin must be less than 1 percent.

“The margin needs to be less than 1 percent for a recount in Wisconsin,” Reid said. “Trump will have to pay about $3 million for it unless the margin is less than one quarter of 1 percent.”

By Theodora Koulouvaris, 1:19 p.m.

Twitter, Facebook apply warning labels to Trump’s false claims

In the early hours on Wednesday, President Trump made unfounded claims that the election was being stolen from him, and he falsely declared victory before all of Americans’ votes were counted. Currently 8 states are yet to declare their votes.

Twitter and Facebook relatively quickly applied warning labels to posts from Trump with false claims, as the companies said they would, to add context and avoid amplifying his message. It was the first time Facebook had used such a label, part of the company’s plan to add context to posts about the election. They did this with other voting-related online misinformation, too.


Social media posts with false or misleading claims began to emerge slowly yesterday from battleground states. Many of these claims followed the familiar misinformation narratives we’ve come to expect on Election Day: viral videos of broken voting machines, allegations of fishy polling place behavior and fake or exaggerated claims of attempted voter suppression.

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were misused by Russians to inflame American voters with divisive messages before the 2016 presidential election. The companies have spent the past four years trying to ensure that this November isn’t a repeat. They have spent billions of dollars improving their sites’ security, policies and processes, according to the New York Times.

By Damita Menezes, 1:03 p.m.

Thillis and Collins claim victory; Republicans on track to keep control of Senate


FILE – In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham speaks to supporters during a primary election night party in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) (AP)

has claimed victory in North Carolina, though his opponent Cal Cunningham refuses to concede. If the votes do bear out a Thillis win, Republicans will be in excellent position to retain control of the Senate.

Cunningham faced a tough campaign, exacerbated by recent reports that the former state senator engaged in an extramarital affair as late as July of this year — well into his campaign against Thillis.


Maine incumbent Susan Collins, seen by many as one of the most vulnerable Republican senators this cycle, has also claimed victory. Her opponent, Sara Gideon, conceded the race around noon today.

With Maine and North Carolina off the board for the Senate, Democrats would have to win three of the remaining four races to gain a majority — assuming Joe Biden wins the White House.

By Marcus Robertson, 12:31 p.m.

Race remains tight in battleground states

The race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden remains too close to call as key battleground states continue to count mail-in ballots.

President Trump won key battleground states including Florida, Ohio and Iowa with the president also ahead in Pennsylvania.

But in Wisconsin and Michigan, Biden currently holds a narrow lead. 

In 2016, these “blue wall” states helped Trump win the presidency, the first time they have turned red in decades according to The Hill

For Biden to win the presidency, he will have to win these two states.

Trump had a lead over Biden Tuesday night in these two states as in-person voting on Election Day may have helped give him an early lead.

Elizabeth Quirmbach, right, registers Ayuka Sinanoglu, center, a Sophomore at the UW on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2020 outside of the UW Memorial Union in Madison, Wis. A small but steady stream of masked UW-Madison students stopped by voter registration tables outside the unions last week to perform their civic duty. Madison City Clerk’s office employees helped them through the paperwork, sanitized their used pens and talked among themselves as they waited for the next students to filter into the fairly empty tents.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) (AP)

But state laws prohibited Michigan and Wisconsin from counting mail-in ballots and early votes until Election Day. As election officials began to count mail-in ballots, Biden began to lead ahead of the president as he had urged his supporters to vote early throughout his campaign.

In a speech from Delaware Tuesday night, Biden called on his supporters to be patient as mail-in votes continue to be counted.

“We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote that it’s going to take a while” Biden said. “We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished. And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.”

Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien released a statement on Wisconsin this afternoon raising questions about the validity of the election results as Biden leads Trump by roughly 20,000 votes.

“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” Stepien said. “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

But in order for a recount to occur, Reid Epstein of The New York Times said the margin must be less than 1 percent.

“The margin needs to be less than 1 percent for a recount in Wisconsin,” Reid said. “Trump will have to pay about $3 million for it unless the margin is less than one quarter of 1 percent.”

By Theodora Koulouvaris, 12:13 p.m.

Biden breaks popular vote record, Trump close behind

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has received more votes than any U.S. president, taking former President Barack Obama’s title for that record. 

As of noon Wednesday, 70,056,143 votes had been cast for Biden, according to the Associated Press. Obama received 69,498,516 votes in the 2008 election. 

President Donald Trump is not too far behind, having amassed 67,325,856 votes by noon Wednesday, over 4 million more votes than he received in 2016. 

Votes are still being counted around the country. High-profile statistician Nate Silver tweeted Wednesday he predicts that Trump will surpass Obama’s previous record, too, making the two 2020 presidential contenders the most-voted-for candidates in history. 

By Ella Lee, 12:05 p.m.

 Marijuana legalized in five states, Oregon decriminalizes all drugs

Five states across the country voted to legalize marijuana to some degree. 

Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota all had marijuana measures on their ballots, with voters in every state showing support for legalization. 

After over 3 years of failed legislative measures on the issue, New Jersey voters approved recreational marijuana with 67 percent of the vote, finally delivering on Gov. Phil Murphy’s years-long promise to legalize. Many experts also think this move will further push Democrats in New York and Pennsylvania to legalize to ensure their states don’t miss out on what could be one of the largest marijuana markets in the country. 

Arizona and Montana voters also approved recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21, with the former also committing to expunge some marijuana offenses. Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana for people in the state with debilitating medical conditions. 

South Dakota decided to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana, requiring the state legislature pass laws for the sale of marijuana products by April 1, 2022.

On the West Coast, Oregon voted to decriminalize all drugs, meaning that while the sale of illegal drugs is still prohibited, the state will remove criminal penalties — including prison time — for possessing small amounts of currently illegal drugs, and will give those caught with drugs the option of either paying a $100 fine or getting a “completed health assessment” at an addiction recovery center. Many see this measure as a significant step in reversing the harm done by the War on Drugs and mass incarceration. 

By Lacey Latch, 11: 15 a.m.

Biden leads in electoral race

In the race for the White House, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading President Trump with 131 electoral votes, according to the Associated Press. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Biden has picked up the following states:

  • Vermont: 3 
  • Virginia: 13 
  • Illinois: 20
  • Rhode Island: 4
  • Connecticut: 7
  • Massachusetts: 11
  • New Jersey: 14
  • Delaware: 3
  • Maryland: 10
  • New Mexico: 5 
  • New York: 29
  • District of Columbia: 3
  • Colorado: 9

Hillary Clinton also won these states in 2016.

Trump currently has 98 electoral votes, after picking up some states in the Sun Belt:

  • Kentucky: 8 
  • West Virginia: 5 
  • South Carolina: 9 
  • Tennessee: 11
  • Mississippi: 6
  • Alabama: 9
  • Oklahoma: 7
  • Arkansas: 6
  • Indiana: 11
  • North Dakota: 3
  • South Dakota: 3
  • Nebraska: 5
  • Wyoming: 3
  • Louisiana: 8
  • Kansas: 6
  • The president won those states in 2016.

Trump has a slight lead in Florida with 51.2% and 90% of the vote reporting. In Georgia, Trump is ahead of Biden with 56.6% of the vote and 34% of the vote reporting. 

The race in Texas is close with Trump leading Biden with 50.1% of the vote and 67% of the vote reporting. 

A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win.

By Theodora Koulovaris, 8:05 p.m.

Illinois Far Tax concedes

The final results for the Illinois Graduated Income Tax amendment—commonly referred to as the Illinois Fair Tax— were updated this morning, with state residents voting to reject the amendment, garnering 55 percent of the vote.

The state’s income tax will remain flat, leaving all Illinois income taxpayers with the same income tax rate of 4.95 percent.

By Vera Odedoyin, 10:00 a.m.

14th District race still too close to call

Neither candidate has called victory just yet as GOP challenger Jim Oberweis leads U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood with 50.1% of the vote for the most heated Congressional district race in the state.

Underwood trails behind Oberweis at 49.9% of the vote – just 895 votes separate the two candidates.

All precincts have been reported but outstanding mail ballots still need to be counted, according to a tweet from WBEZ’s Mariah Woelfel.

By Cailey Gleeson, 9:58 a.m.

Trump wins Texas

Trump has won Texas, a tight race as the state has become a near battleground in this election. 

Texas remains red but was on the cusp of shifting blue. 

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The state has not been blue in a presidential election since Jimmy Carter defeated Republican Gerald Ford in 1976. An additional 38 electoral votes have been given to Trump.

Historically, the state has been known for low voter turnout rates but this year it surpassed its previous record of 8.97 million to 9.7 million just five days before election day. 

Trump won 52.2 percent of the vote. 

By Rebecca Meluch, 12:16 a.m.

Trump claims Democrats are trying to steal the election, deletes tweet

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night that an election steal is underway, despite no evidence pointing toward that being true. 

“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the election,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls (sic) are closed.”

The rhetoric is in line with scare tactics the president has used throughout the election, like framing mail-in voting as fraudulent. Trump’s senior campaign adviser, Jason Miller, made a similar claim Sunday, Axios reported

Twitter has prevented users from sharing the tweet, stating that “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”

By Ella Lee, 12:07 a.m.

Ernst keeps her seat in Iowa

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has narrowly won re-election, likely thwarting Democrats’ hopes of capturing a senate majority. She fended off Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield and Libertarian Rick Stewart.

Ernst, Iowa’s junior senator, has served since 2015. She served in the Iowa National Guard for 22 years, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Democrats still look to Montana’s Steve Bullock, Maine’s Sara Gideon, and North Carolina’s Cal Cunningham as challengers that could flip valuable senate seats from Republicans.

By Marcus Robertson, 11:57 p.m.

Trump wins Florida

President Donald Trump has won Florida in an extraordinarily tight race.

Trump defeated opponent Joe Biden with 51.38% of the popular vote.

The president previously won the state in 2016, defeating opponent Hillary Clinton with 48.6% of the popular vote.

The state also holds great weight in terms of the electoral vote, with 29 votes at stake.

By Emma Oxnevad, 11:41 p.m.

Illinois’ 14th Congressional District race nearly tied, too close to call 

In one of the most highly anticipated Congressional races, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood and Illinois State Senator challenger Jim Oberweis find themselves nearly tied with 83% of the district reporting.

Oberweis is in the lead with 50.4% but Underwood closely trails him at 49.6%.

Underwood, 34, originally took the district’s seat in 2018 – beating four term GOP incumbent Randy Hultgren.

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. ((AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin))

Oberweis, 74, has had two past unsuccessful runs for Congress but has served in the state legislature since 2013.

Underwood’s 2018 victory made waves as the district departed from its conservative leaning history. It was equated with unhappiness towards President Trump at the time.

This year’s contest drew national attention – with many viewing the race as a referendum of the 2020 election.

By Cailey Gleeson, 11:36 p.m.

Unrest in front of White House flared as police detained two men 

Trouble flared on Black Lives Matter Plaza across from the White House when police detained two men after hundreds of demonstrators had gathered close to the White House, according to Sky News.

Officers formed a bike barrier between the men and the crowd as protesters tried to force themselves through the fence.Protestors were chanting “f-word the police” and “no justice, no peace” while demonstrators called on police to release the men.

Some protesters also kicked police bicycles. Officers later escorted the detained men out through the barrier of bikes.It was not clear yet why they were being held, said Sky News.

By Nicole Shih, 11:33 p.m.

Trump wins Ohio

Trump has won Ohio, a key battleground state with 18 electoral votes on the board.

A president hasn’t won an election without succeeding Ohio since 1964. 

In 2016, Trump won the state over Clinton by nearly 450,000 votes. 

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at the Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (AP)

Trump won with 53.48 percent of the vote. 

On Monday night, Trump was in Scranton PA when he attacked Ohio native, LeBron James for his support of Joe Biden. 

By Rebecca Meluch, 11:24 p.m.

Republican Rodney Davis reelected in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District

Republican incumbent Rodney Davis won his re-election bid in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District — securing his seat for a fifth term. The district, which covers large swaths of central Illinois farmland and several college towns, was expected to be one of the most highly contested matchups in the nation. 

This year’s contest was a rematch of the district’s 2018 battle between incumbent Republican Davis and his Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. That year, Davis managed to maintain his seat — a small victory for Republicans during a midterm election year that turned many districts blue

Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, answers questions from the media during a press conference about his race against challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in his hometown of Taylorville, Ill., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP) (AP)

But Davis’ victory in 2018 was not easily won, taking the district by a margin of approximately 2,000 votes. It appears that this year, his victory will be by a considerable margin.

Election experts like Brian J. Gaines, a professor of political science at the University of Illinois, predicted that this year’s election would be, in large, a referendum on Trump. 

“For Davis, the key will be turnout,” Gaines said. “If rural voters are demoralized because Trump is so far behind, he could lose support that he can’t make up elsewhere.”

From tonight’s outcome, it appears turnout was overwhelmingly in Davis’ favor.  

Claire Malon, 11:07 p.m

Kim Foxx re-elected Cook County state’s attorney

Kim Foxx won her bid for a second four-year term as Cook County state’s attorney. Foxx, 48, was elected in 2016, the first Black woman to hold that role. 

As state’s attorney, Foxx pursued fewer cases against petty offenders, reducing time and taxpayer money, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. An analysis by The Marshall Project found that she turned away 5,000 cases, like low-level shoplifting and drug offenses, that would have been picked up by former state’s attorney Anita Alvarez. 

Chicago’s top prosecutor has released 2,000 documents in the Jussie Smollett’s case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into his claim he’d been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to the “Empire” actor. The Friday, May 31, 2019 statement from Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx came two months after her office’s suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett that accused him of staging the attack on himself. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

She came under fire in January 2019 for her handling of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case. Smollett was accused of staging a racist,  homophobic hate crime against himself, and Foxx threw out the charges, which put her in hot water with voters in August, NBC 5 reported.

Foxx received 53.1% of the vote, and her opponent, Republican Patrick O’Brien, received 40.4% of the vote. 

By Ella Lee, 10:14 p.m.

Chicago bridges raised by city officials in fear of unrest

CHICAGO – City officials raised the Wabash Avenue bridge Tuesday evening in case of the potential unrest near Trump Tower. 

The bridge has been shut down “as part of a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of residents,” said Mary May, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

“The Wabash Bridge will be out of service this evening as part of a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of residents,” May said in a statement. 

Officials are not planning to raise other bridges at the moment. All other bridges, CTA and bus stops remain open. 

Over the summer, the city also raised bridges on multiple occasions in response to protests after the death of George Floyd.

By Nicole Shih, 10:11 p.m.

Fair Tax: Will Illinois vote yes or no?

During Gov. Pritzker’s daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday, he mentioned that he is optimistic about the Fair Tax Amendment. However, as the voting results come in, that outcome is looking less likely. 

Illinoisans were asked on the ballot whether the state should keep its income tax system at a flat tax of 4.95 percent or allow legislators to change it to a graduated tax, where people with higher income pay more than those with lower income.

According to the Southern Illinois University – Simon Poll, on March 3, 2020 about two-thirds (65%) of respondents said they favored a constitutional change “to allow a graduated income-tax.” Particularly, 44 percent strongly favored the proposition while 21 percent somewhat supported the proposal.

The graduated income tax proposal was supported by all three levels of the major geographic breakdown in Illinois: 73 percent rate support in the City of Chicago, 68 percent support in Chicago suburb, and 55 percent support in downstate.

The proposal seemed to be supported by both parties as 41 percent of Republicans supported the Graduated Income Tax proposal while 83 percent of Democrats favored the bill and roughly 59 percent support among Independents.

However, as the polls come in according to Politico, about 52.2% of Illinoisans voted No towards the proposed Fair Tax leaving 47.8% voting Yes. For the amendment to pass, 60 percent must vote “yes.”

“I have mixed feelings about the amendment,” said Stephen Bauser, a resident in South Loop, Chicago. “The people in Springfield are not the most trustworthy.”

Another resident in the South Loop, CJ Zurkwaicz, feels that the proposed amendment is fair. 

“It is a good idea,” Zurkwaicz said. “A lot of people are spending lots of money for ads instead of using it to help.”

By Vera Odedoyin, 10:08 p.m.

Early voting records shattered in 2020 election

Early voting turnout in the 2020 elections shattered records as voters exercised their rights amid a pandemic. Early votes this year have doubled numbers from previous elections.

By mid-October, more than 26 million people in the U.S. had voted, which is six times the number of votes cast around the same time during the 2016 election. Around 102 million Americans voted prior to election day. Early voting did, however, bring a partisan divide.

Democrats voted earlier in much higher numbers than Republicans, which may have been affected by President Trump’s remarks about mail-in voting leading to fraud. By early October, the number of requests for absentee ballots had surpassed the 2016 numbers. Almost a dozen states automatically sent registered voters their absentee ballots without them needing to make a request for one.

Aside from the turnout numbers, there is concern over counting results and being able to call the results tonight. With certain states being allowed to count numbers prior to election day and many others having extensions, the results could be skewed giving the president an early advantage. According to a poll from the Pew Research Center, many voters don’t feel confident about the accuracy of early votes.

Another issue that affected several counties across the country, came down to long lines due to technical issues as well as social distancing policies at in-person polling places. On the flip side, with the increase in people choosing to vote by mail, counties have amped up their mail efforts. Many counties implemented ways for people to track their ballots to ensure they were counted.

Voters under 30 made up a significant number of the early votes. By the end of early voting in Texas, over 1.3 million young voters had already cast their ballot, passing the number of total votes from young people in 2016. In a dozen key states, over 4 million young people voted early which plays a key role in deciding the presidency and U.S. Senate control.

Even with the dramatic increases in early voting across all age groups, the total number of votes may be in line with 2016 numbers, the only difference being the ways in which people chose to vote this year.

By Abby Yimer, 9:55 p.m.

Georgia special election for Senate seat: the runoff is set

Doug Collins has conceded his special election bid for one of Georgia’s two available senate seats. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler will now face Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff election in January.

By Marcus Robertson, 9:55 p.m.

Jill Rose Quinn becomes Illinois’ first transgender elected official

Jill Rose Quinn made history Tuesday and became a Cook County judge, making her Illinois’ first elected transgender official.

Quinn, 65, said she’s “grateful to the people of Cook County who are having an open mind to elect me.”

Quinn is the only candidate in her race who was deemed qualified by the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Illinois State Bar Association. She secured the Cook County Democratic Party’s endorsement to fill a judicial seat earlier this year and earned key support from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

A native New Yorker, Quinn grew up in Queens and attended State University of New York at Binghamton for college. Quinn transitioned in 2002, she said, after realizing, “people who loved me would still love me. People who weren’t gonna love me were never going to love me,” according to the Chicago Tribune. 

She also was inspired to pursue a career in law by the Marvel comic book character Daredevil, a ninja who was blinded as a child but who also practices law. In her office, Quinn keeps a Daredevil portrait on the wall, according to the Chicago Tribune

By Damita Menezes, 9:46 p.m.

Cori Bush becomes Missouri’s first Black Congresswoman

Cori Bush has won her bid for Missouri’s First Congressional District — making her the first Black Congresswoman from Missouri. This is Bush’s second congressional attempt in the St. Louis district after her 2018 primary bid ended in loss to incumbent William Lacy Clay. 

FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, Activist Cori Bush speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in St. Louis. Bush is a racial justice activist running for Missouri’s 1st Congressional seat in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) (AP)

Bush was featured in the Netflix documentary Knock Down the House alongside other female candidates of color, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In the 2020 democratic primary, Bush, a progressive and Black Lives Matter activist, managed to unseat ten-term incumbent Clay — ending the longstanding Clay dynasty in the district.

By Claire Malon, 9:31 p.m.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins relection bid

Incumbent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) won her reelection bid for New York’s 14th Congressional District, per the New York Times.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated her opponent John Cummings with 69 percent of the vote.

FILE – U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference, Friday, May 1, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. Ocasio-Cortez is running for reelection in New York’s 14th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) (AP)

The congresswoman, considered by many to be the face of progressive politics, previously won the seat in 2018, with 80 percent of the vote. 

First assuming office at the age of 29, she became the youngest woman to serve in the United States Congress.

By Emma Oxnevad, 9:27 p.m.

Alabama senate race: Former football coach Tommy Tuberville ousts Democrat Doug Jones

Political newcomer and former college football coach Tommy Tuberville has beaten incumbent Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama’s senate seat.

Jones, the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 20 years, was elected in 2018 when Republican candidate Roy Moore’s campaign was doomed by allegations the former state chief justice courted underage girls.

Tuberville is best known in the state as the successful former coach of Auburn University’s football team, rival to the state’s other major sports team, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Tuberville guided Auburn to its first-ever stretch of six consecutive victories over Alabama in the Iron Bowl, a famously vitriolic rivalry — and according to many, the most intense rivalry in sports.

In the end, Tuberville’s platform of vague support for President Trump meant more than his reputation among Alabama fans, who outnumber Auburn fans in the state.

By Marcus Robertson, 9:12 p.m.

Graham fends off Harrison’s upset bid

South Carolina will not have a new senator this year, after Lindsey Graham managed to hold onto the senate seat he’s kept for 17 years.

Harrison faced a tough challenge after Democrat Jaime Harrison shattered Senate fund-raising records with a $57 million pull over three months. Harrison kept on the offensive, taking Graham up on his 2016 offer to use his words against him — after Graham reneged on his 2016 promise not to push through a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham reacts after marking his ballot electronically while voting in the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Corinth-Shiloh Fire Dept. in Seneca, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro) (AP)

Graham, one of the Senate GOP’s top leaders, was originally one of the most vocally anti-Trump Republicans in 2016. Following Trump’s win that year, Graham kowtowed, following his party’s lead in supporting Trump and his agenda.

By Marcus Robertson, 9:16 p.m.

Sarah McBride becomes first transgender state senator

Sarah McBride has made history, as the country’s first transgender state senator

McBride, 30, becomes the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the United States after winning a state Senate seat in Delaware.

“I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted.

McBride won 76% of the vote against Republican Steve Washington.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del. McBride, who has long-standing ties to Delaware’s best-known political family, says, “I am very aware of the stark contrast between the president we could have (Biden) and the president we now have. … There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” (AP Photo/Jason Minto) (AP)

McBride, who currently serves as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, has held supporting roles in politics for more than a decade, according to 19th news. Starting in 2008, she worked under Delaware Gov. Jack Markell before going to work for then-Attorney General Beau Biden in 2010.

She was the first openly transgender woman to intern at the White House and, in 2016, she became the first transgender person to address the Democratic National Convention. 

There are currently four openly transgender U.S. state legislators: Virginia state Del. Danica Roem; Colorado state Rep. Brianna Titone; and New Hampshire state Reps. Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon.

By Damita Menezes, 9:06 p.m.

QAnon believer Marjorie Taylor Greene snags Georgia House seat

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican candidate and promoter of QAnon conspiracy theories, is projected to win Georgia’s 14th Congressional District by an overwhelming margin. Greene, who is currently a businesswoman, clinched her primary against John Cowan in August by 10,000 votes, to the dismay of her party.

Republican candidate for Georgia’s 14th congressional seat Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks from the bed of a pickup truck during a campaign rally Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Roswell, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (AP)

A Republican winning the race is a no-brainer; the district, which includes nearly all of the northwestern portion of the state, was the 10th most Republican district in the country, according to the 2017 Cook PVI report. Greene stands as an outsider within her own party, however; her support of QAnon, a fringe conspiracy organization that believes in a secret cabal of elites and the “deep state,” has left her standing in as a member of this generation’s Tea Party.

By Cam Rodriguez, 8:53 p.m.

John Hickenlooper gives Dems their first Senate pickup of the night

The first Democratic Senate pickup of the night is in: former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has flipped Republican Cory Gardner’s seat in Colorado. Hickenlooper previously ran in the Democratic party’s presidential primary last year, proving to be one of a handful of candidates with enough staying power to make it to April.

Before that, he served as Colorado’s governor from 2011 to 2019, a period that saw the state become one of the first in the country to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, John Hickenlooper, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, speaks during a car rally in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (AP)

Gardner faced waning popularity in his home state this year, following President Trump’s similar popularity trends there. Gardner was widely viewed as the most vulnerable Republican senator up for re-election this year.

Marcus Robertson, 8:38 p.m.

Stores board up, extra police on call despite few election night protests so far

Hundreds of people are demonstrating near the White House Tuesday night as they wait to find out who will be the next president of the United States. 

Crowds began to gather in the afternoon at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House. 

There has been some minor unrest across the country. For instance, in North Carolina, an armed man loitering at a polling site on Election Day was arrested and charged with trespassing, according to local authorities. A thirty-six-year-old man was legally carrying a firearm but loitered at the Charlotte site after voting Tuesday morning, according to local authorities. 

Even so, there have been relatively few election night riots today in American history so far. 

Stores in downtown Chicago have been boarded up in the event of volatile reactions to the Presidential Election. (Eric Henry)

A fence has been installed around the White House ahead of potential protests in Washington, D.C. Chain stores like Tiffany, Saks Fifth Avenue, CVS, Target and Macy’s are boarded up, in case of unrest after the election tonight.

New York City Police Department officials say thousands of extra officers are standing by to facilitate any peaceful protests on Tuesday night and in the coming days. The NYPD has already prepared for a kind of low-grade martial law if things start to get out of hand. FBI has engaged in some states to enhance the safety as well. Six states including Ohio and Michigan, Homeland Security FBI told voters to stay home and be safe and to not go to the polls.

By Nicole Shih, 8:07 p.m.

Mitch McConnell wins reelection in Kentucky

The Republican senator managed to secure a seventh term defeating Democratic nominee Amy McGrath by a convincing margin, according to The Associated Press. McConnell is expected to seek reelection as the GOP Senate leader regardless of whether or not Republicans maintain the majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters after the Senate approved a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid bill, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Just four seats could determine who controls the Senate after a six-year Republicn majority that has successfully confirmed three conservative Supreme Court Justices and dozens of lower court judges. 

By Lacey Latch, 7:55 p.m.

Durbin wins Illinois senate seat, 5th term

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has won his reelection bid over four challengers, the Associated Press reported. 

Durbin will now be entering his fifth term as a U.S. senator. The East St. Louis, IL native is the Senate’s second-highest ranking Democrat, and was able to raise millions of dollars for his campaign. 

Durbin, who is 75 years old, was first elected in 1996 and has been a Democratic whip since 2005. 

Sen. Dick Durbin speaks to college students about student loans at Harold
Washington Library Oct. 10 in an event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (Brenden Moore / The DePaulia)

Durbin was able to beat out four challengers in Illinois’ only statewide race: former Lake County sheriff Republican Mark Curran, Libertarian Danny Malouf, Independent businessman Willie Wilson and Green Party candidate Danny Malouf. 

“Having served in the Senate and the House of Representatives, I’m in a better position to help this state, help this city through one of the most difficult times we’ve had in the history of this country,” Durbin said in a ABC7 article

The Associated Press was also able to project that Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in Illinois.

By Lawrence Kreymer, 7:32 p.m.

Swearengin loses West Virginia Senate bid

Paula Jean Swearengin, who rose to fame in the 2018 midterms thanks to Netflix’s “Taking Back the House,” has lost another Senate bid in West Virginia, this time losing to Republican Shelley Moore Capito, the state’s junior senator.

Swearengin was one of a handful of women featured in the Netflix documentary, and her tearful primary loss to Democrat Joe Manchin proved endearing to viewers, emboldening her to run once again this year.

By Marcus Robertson, 7:26 p.m.

Early voting proves successful, despite hiccups

Voting across the country has been relatively peaceful and easy because of the amount of early voting ballots, despite a few incidents. At least six states have already surpassed their 2016 vote totals.

Poll stations across the country have reported malfunctioning of voting machines facing delays and other complications.

At Union Ridge School in Harwood Heights, IL, paper ballots were going to be “spoiled” because the scanner couldn’t be fixed. The problem has since been fixed, according to a poll worker.

In Spalding County, Ga., a judge has ordered that voting be extended until 9 p.m. across the county because of malfunctioning voting machines. Voters who are in line by 7 p.m. can use the regular machines to cast their ballots. Voters who arrive from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. can cast a provisional ballot marked for extended voting times. Those votes will not be tabulated until Friday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

People wait line to early vote as they fill out voter registration cards outside the Loop Super Site in downtown Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. It is the only location allowing early voting in the city right now, but early voting will expand to locations in all 50 wards on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (AP)

In the hugely important swing state of Pennsylvania, voters in Bucks County reported waiting more than an hour in the freezing cold to cast their ballots when a scanner began malfunctioning, according to Pocono Record

At James Otis School on Chicago’s west side, the sprinkler system went off flooding the polling station. As of now, no ballots have been deemed damaged according to CBS Chicago.

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Judge Emmet Sullivan of the US District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the United States Postal Service to sweep all processing facilities by 3 p.m. ET in a number of states, including some critical battleground states.The order mandates that USPS postal inspectors “or their designees” must start sweeping the processing facilities by 3:00 p.m. ET according to CNN.

But after months of anxiety about sweeping disenfranchisement, predicted nightmare scenarios do not appear to have come to pass. And between mail-in ballots, early votes and Election Day votes, turnout is on track to be historically high.


At Fulton County, GA, a broken water pipe at the ballot processing site at State Farm arena caused a delay in ability to process thousands of absentee-by-mail votes.

Atlanta won’t finish its count tonight. Election workers in Fulton County, who were counting absentee ballots, went home for the night. A water line break delayed the count.

They planned to stop scanning absentee ballots at 10:30 p.m. and pick it up back in the morning. No official could explain before press time why Fulton was stopping its count of absentee ballots at that time, only saying that was the procedure, according to the AJC.

By Damita Menezes, 6:37 p.m.

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