LIVE UPDATES: Presidential election 2020

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With Election Day finally here, much is bound to happen in the coming days. News editor Taylor McGuire will be updating this article whenever something happens within or due to the election, so check back for live updates!

Taylor McGuire and Jonathan Zhang

Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

After winning Pennsylvania by just about 34,000 votes, the Associated Press has called Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. The victory in Pennsylvania gave Biden 20 more electoral votes, putting his total at 284 electoral votes, surpassing the winning mark of 270.

Earlier this morning, Trump took to Twitter to falsely share that he had won the election.

“I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!,” Trump tweeted.

Contrary to Trump’s tweet, the 46th president of the United States of America will actually be Joe Biden. Joe Biden has received the most votes of any presidential candidate ever with over 74,847,834 votes.

Nov. 6 at 10:15 a.m.

In another turn of events, Biden now leads in Pennsylvania as well as Georgia. Pennsylvania has counted an estimated 98% of all its votes and has less than 150,000 votes left to be counted.

As a reminder, Biden started off this morning down more than 18,000 votes and is now leading over Trump by a margin of 6,826 votes. Biden has also increased his lead over Trump in Nevada as well from just over just above 918 votes to 1,098 as of right now.

With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes and Georgia’s 16 electoral votes now up in the air with Biden leading by a slim margin in both, the presidential election could be coming to a close soon.

Just recently, Biden’s campaign manager, Bill Stepein announced his confidence in the presidential candidate’s current position:

“We feel like the president is in a very, very, very good position this morning.”

Nov. 6 at 8:45 a.m.

Overnight, while Nevada remained uncalled, Biden continued to chip away at Trump’s narrow lead until he was the leading presidential candidate of the state by about 918 votes as of right now. Currently, Georgia has less than 50,000 votes left to be counted.

Biden’s victory in Georgia would mean an end to the long and close race and his inauguration as president of the United States. Any other victories or flips in the remaining uncalled states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Alaska would be negligible.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to lead in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Alaska. As of right now, Trump is ahead in these states by a margin of 18,042 votes in Georgia, 76,701 votes in North Carolina, and 54,610 votes in Alaska.

On the other hand, Biden’s lead over Trump in Nevada has remained about the same: 11,438 votes.

Just recently, Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas criticized Trump for creating unnecessary tensions following certain election results:

“Anyone who continues to pour oil on the fire in a situation like this is acting irresponsibly.”

Nov. 5 at 10:35 p.m.

As the stalemate of Nevada’s ballot-counting draws on, with an estimated 84% of its ballots counted, the other uncalled states have assumed at least 90% of all their ballots. In fact, Georgia has counted approximately 99% of all its votes, and it seems that the state could swing in favor of either presidential candidate with Trump leading by just under 2,000 votes.

If Biden manages to chip away at that number till the odds tip in his favor, he may not have to wait for Nevada to finish counting its ballots; Georgia’s 16 electoral votes would bring Biden past the 270 winning marker to 280 electoral votes.

Currently, in the other four uncalled states, Trump remains ahead in North Carolina, Pennslyvania, and Alaska. On the other hand, Biden continues to lead in Nevada by just over 11,000 votes.

Voting implementation manager Gabriel Sterling predicts that the count will be finished by the end of the night, at which point we’ll either know who the next president is or take one step closer to finding out.

Nov. 5 at 9:50 a.m.

All eyes have been on Nevada, the state which would grant victory to Biden if he wins it. The state still needs to count around 25% of its ballots, but right now Biden leads in Nevada with 49.3% of voters wishing for him to be the next president and 48.7% of voters voting for Trump.

Winning Nevada would give Biden his final six electoral votes needed to reach 270 and win the election.

Nevada officials have said that they hope to have some sort of update on the ballot numbers today, but nothing has been announced as of right now.

The Trump campaign plans on announcing a lawsuit towards Nevada for fraud later today.

“STOP THE COUNT!,” Trump tweeted earlier this morning.

Nov. 4 at 7:35 p.m.

With only five states still counting their ballots, Biden is very close to the winning total of 270 electoral votes, he is only six votes away with 264. Trump currently has 214 votes.

If Biden can win Nevada, which holds 6 electoral votes, he will be the next president of the United States of America.

Trump is still leading in North Carolina, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Georgia; however, even with their electoral votes, Trump would still be one electoral vote shy of winning the election.

Earlier in the day, both candidates were vocal about their confidence in the results of the election.

“I am confident that we will emerge victorious, but this will not be my victory or our victory alone,” Biden said. “It will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America.”

Nov. 4 at 1:17 p.m.

With Election Day over and all polls in the country closed, it is now a matter of waiting for all the ballots to be counted up to determine who the president will be for the next four years.

Biden is currently still leading with 238 electoral votes, and Trump trails closely behind with 213.

There is still plenty of room for change due to mail-in ballots, but right now Biden is projected to win Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nevada, which would give him the winning total of 270 electoral votes.

Also subject to change, but Trump is currently leading in North Carolina, Alaska, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Biden has taken over the popular vote with 70,093,805 votes while Trump has 67,347,614 votes.

Nov. 3 at 11:18 p.m.

Biden continues to lead in electoral votes with 209 votes while Donald Trump has 118.

Biden has now added Washington, Oregon and California to the blue states. Trump has officially added Idaho, Utah and Missouri to the red states.

Both Ohio and North Carolina are leaning towards Trump right now. If Trump does indeed win Ohio and North Carolina, this will add 33 electoral votes towards his total.

Trump still leads the popular vote by almost 2 million more votes than Biden right now.

As the election is quite different this year due to COVID-19, a definitive winner is not likely to be announced for multiple days since key states are still counting all of the ballots.

Nov. 3 at 10:20 p.m.

With four more states closing their polls, Biden still leads with 131 electoral votes, and Trump holds 98 electoral votes.

Biden has officially won over the District of Columbia and New Mexico, and he has taken the lead in Montana, Minnesota, Iowa and Arizona.

Trump has now taken the lead in Utah, Wisconsin, Maine, Texas and North Carolina. Both Texas and North Carolina were blue states earlier this evening.

Biden is still trailing behind Trump in the popular vote with 36,902,456 votes while Trump has 38,431,036 votes for him.

Nov. 3 at 9:08 p.m.

Biden still takes the lead now with 119 electoral votes, and Trump trails behind with 92 votes.

Biden has managed to win both New York and New Mexico.

Trump has now also won North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Florida and Pennsylvania have been a huge focus of this election as they hold 29 and 20 electoral votes respectively. As of right now, Trump is predicted to win Florida, and Biden to win Pennsylvania.

Nov. 3 at 8:13 p.m.

In a race to 270 electoral votes, Biden is now leading at 85 votes, and Trump has 55 votes.

Biden has taken Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Illinois. He is also suspected to win the votes of Ohio, Texas and Michigan.

Trump has now added Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Mississippi to his collection of red states, and he is suspected to win Florida and Kansas as well.

Trump is currently winning the popular vote with 9,346,925 votes for him and 9,110,349 for Biden.

Polls are now closed in just about half of the country.

Nov. 3 at 7:51 p.m.

To start off election night, President Donald Trump has won West Virginia and Kentucky and leads in Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is starting off ahead of Trump, winning both Vermont and Virginia and leading in Ohio, Florida and New Hampshire.

Biden totals 16 electoral votes, and Trump has 16 electoral votes right now.

As 16 more states get ready to close their polls at 8:00 p.m., both candidates are encouraging voters to stay in line at the polls and not give up their right to vote.

Many major cities are anticipating the worst, and many businesses have placed boards in front of their doors and windows in case of riot or protest breaking out.