It’s election day, and Californians have already returned more than 12 million early ballots, more than half the total that were mailed out. More than 101 million ballots were cast across the U.S. by election day.
Latest updates from today:
2:12 a.m. Trump finds votes in several California counties: While California and its 55 electoral votes were going to Democrat Joe Biden’s cache, President Trump found solace, if not electoral votes, in several counties. The counties that went for Trump, in partial returns, were Tulare and Kings in the Central Valley, much of the Sierra Nevada and several counties in the far north of the state.
2:06 a.m. Bay Area voters approve school taxes: Bay Area voters largely agreed Tuesday to increase their property taxes to pay to build better school facilities and would pass parcel taxes to cover costs for art, music, libraries, salaries and other purposes. Read how the 13 school measures were faring as election day faded to Wednesday.
2:02 a.m. Biden slips narrowly past Trump in Wisconsin: Democrat Joe Biden essentially tied President Trump in Wisconsin early Wednesday, with the slimmest of leads as 95% of expected vote totals were counted. Biden surpassed Trump by about 11,000 votes when more ballots poured in from Milwaukee, the state’s Democratic stronghold. Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes are critical in the tight race to 270 electoral votes.
1:51 a.m. Biden’s Arizona win aided by Latino voters: Democrat Joe Biden flipped Arizona to the Democratic column thanks to a strong showing in Maricopa County, where Phoenix and its suburbs have about 60% of the state’s voters. Biden won by a nearly 2-to-1 margin among Latinos, who constitute 19% of the Arizona electorate, and also was the favorite among seniors, who are nearly 1 in every 3 voters there, according to exit polls. Read more.
1:35 a.m. Biden wins Maine popular vote: Democrat Joe Biden has won at least 3 of Maine’s 4 electoral votes, the Associated Press projects. But it was unclear if President Trump would win Maine’s 1 remaining electoral vote; the race was too close to call in the state’s 2nd Congressional District. Maine is one of two states that splits electoral votes by district.
1:29 a.m. California Democrats hanging on in House races: California Democrats were on their way to holding on to most of the congressional seats they won in the party’s sweep of the 2018 midterm elections. The tightest races included a Fresno-area seat in the Central Valley and two Orange County contests. The most closely watched battle had GOP Rep. Mike Garcia of Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County) losing to Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith, in a seat spreading from the high desert to the Ventura County city of Simi Valley. Read more here.
1 a.m. Democrats pick up Senate seats, but GOP control likely: Democrats have picked up Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado, the Associated Press projects. However, the party lost a Senate seat in Alabama, as expected, and failed to flip tight races in Iowa and Montana. The likely outcome may be that Republicans will keep a majority in the Senate, albeit a thinner majority. The chamber is currently split 53-47, and Democrats were unlikely to net more than a few seats. Other competitive Senate races in Maine, North Carolina, Michigan and Georgia were too close to call on Wednesday morning. Read more here.
12:52 a.m. Prop. F passes: A San Francisco ballot measure that approves sweeping business tax changes passed Tuesday night, with results including a large number of mail-in ballots. Read the whole story here.
12:45 a.m. Prop. 23 loses big: Kidney dialysis companies spent heavily to defeat Prop. 23, which would have created new safety regulations for dialysis clinics that serve 80,000 patients in California. Voters soundly rejected the proposition. Read the whole story here.
12:42 a.m. Prop. 25 trailing: A ballot measure to abolish cash bail in California and allow judges to decide whether a defendant should be freed before trial was trailing early Wednesday morning as votes continued to be counted. Read the story here.
12:32 a.m. California voters pass Prop. 22: Prop. 22, the richly funded measure backed by gig companies seeking to keep their workers as independent contractors, was passed by California voters.
12:28 a.m. California’s Proposition 24 passes: Voters passed Prop. 24, which prohibits legislators from weakening the California Consumer Privacy Act, creates a state agency to enforce privacy protections, and gives people more control over how tech companies use their personal information, such as race or health data.
12:23 a.m. Biden holds lead in Nevada: Democrat Joe Biden maintained a narrow lead early Wednesday in Nevada, a state President Trump was eager to turn red. Biden led, 50.3% to 47.8%, in partial results. Trump narrowly lost the state in 2016, but Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and many Californians, flooded the state to campaign for Biden.
12:15 a.m. Biden takes Arizona, complicating Trump’s path: Democrat Joe Biden has won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes, snatching a state that Trump took in 2016, the Associated Press and Fox News project. Biden led Trump, 51.8% to 46.8%, with 80% of expected votes counted Wednesday morning. Biden’s win clouded a Trump clear path to victory while millions of votes were still being counted in other battleground states. Arizona hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since it backed Bill Clinton in 1996. The state has turned steadily purple as it undergoes a demographic transformation, with more Latino and younger voters moving into the state.
12:01 a.m. Newsom vows every vote will be counted: Gov. Gavin Newsom quickly and bluntly pushed back against President Trump’s demand that states stop counting ballots. “Every vote will be counted,” Newsom tweeted as Trump spoke on election night. Trump vowed to ask the Supreme Court to stop the counting of ballots, presumably mail-in ballots.
11:48 p.m. Rick Santorum ‘very distressed’ by Trump comments: Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican from Pennsylvania who ran against President Trump in 2016 but then endorsed him, said Tuesday night that he was “very distressed by what I heard the president say” — specifically Trump’s allegations of fraud and disenfranchisement in the election. Santorum, now a CNN commentator, said it was wrong to allege fraud just because vote counters in some states don’t get all the tallies finished on election day, but will come back to finish over the course of another day or more. There’s nothing nefarious in that normal procedure, he said. “Using the word fraud is wrong,” he added.
11:35 p.m. Trump vows to take election fight to Supreme Court: President Trump, claiming he has already won the election, is vowing to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court, although that would presumably have to involve layers of lower court decisions. “We want all the voting to stop,” Trump said. “We will win this. As far as I’m concerned, we already have.” Trump spoke as the race with Democrat Joe Biden was too close to call in a handful of battleground states where millions of votes are still uncounted. Due to huge numbers of mail-in ballots, a final tally could take weeks in some states. Trump’s comments, which although startling had been previewed by his repeated and fierce attacks on mail-in voting, raised the liklihood of a protracted legal fight over swing states like Pennsylvania and Georgia. “You know what happened, they knew they couldn’t win, so they said let’s go to court,” Trump asserted, without evidence or specifics.
11:30 p.m. Trump says ‘sad group of people’ trying to disenfranchise his voters: President Trump on Wednesday morning falsely claimed Democrats were disenfranchising his supporters — apparently due to the ongoing counting of mail ballots, as is normal, over the coming days — and pledged to go to the Supreme Court for support. During a fiery speech in the White House, he said, “We won’t stand for it.” Trump falsely claimed that he has already won Georgia and North Carolina, where partial returns were too close to call, and many votes still uncounted.
11:18 Prop. 25 falling behind: The ballot measure to abolish cash bail in California and allow judges to decide whether a defendant should be freed before trial was losing 55%-45% as vote counts poured in Tuesday night.
11:10 p.m. Trump’s lead in Georgia shrinking: President Trump’s lead in Georgia, a critical battleground state with 16 electoral votes, shrunk to less than 3% early Wednesday morning. Trump led Democrat Joe Biden, 50.6% to 48.1%, in partial returns. Biden narrowed the lead as votes were counted in the Atlanta metro area, where Black voters favored Biden by a large margin.
11:06 p.m. No blue wave and no red wave: The presidential campaign that has chugged along for nearly two years — through an impeachment, a pandemic and a racial justice movement — will last at least through Wednesday. Too many key battleground states remained too close to call late Tuesday as only one battleground state — Arizona, where Joe Biden was leading — appeared it might change hands from 2016. If Biden holds his lead there, Arizona would be the first battleground state to flip from four years ago, and would narrow President Trump’s path to victory. Read more here.
11 p.m. Progressive candidates leading in S.F. supervisors races: Progressive candidates had a slight lead Tuesday night in several races with votes still being counted for the five Board of Supervisors seats up for election. The outcome could have major implications for Mayor London Breed, who has few allies on the board. Lead vote-getters in early returns included Connie Chan in District One, Aaron Peskin in District Three, Dean Preston in District Five, and Ahsha Safaí in District 11. In District Seven, Joel Engardio was leading but Myrna Melgar has the lead when ranked choice voting is calculated.
10:57 p.m. Prop. 24 appears headed for victory: Prop. 24, which would strengthen California’s consumer privacy protection law, appeared headed for victory Tuesday night. It was ahead, 56.5% to 43.5%,with about 10 million ballots counted. A simple majority needed for passage.
10:54 p.m. Prop. I real estate transfer tax hike wins: A San Francisco ballot measure to raise the real estate transfer tax to generate as much as $100 million a year won handily on Tuesday.
10:50 p.m. Trump, Biden split Nebraska: President Trump has won 4 of Nebraska’s 5 electoral votes, the Associated Press and CNN project. But Democrat Joe Biden won the remaining 1 electoral vote in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District; Nebraska is one of two states that splits electoral votes by district. The state’s lone electoral vote for Biden could prove critical in the unlikely event of a near tie in the Electoral College.
10:43 p.m. Biden leads in Maine: Joe Biden held a substantial lead over President Trump in Maine Tuesday night with 82% of expected votes counted. Biden was ahead 53% to 44% in the battle for the northern state’s 4 electoral votes.
10:33 p.m. S.F.’s Prop. D and Prop. E, law enforcement reform measures, pass decisively: San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures that would make modest reforms to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office and Police Department. Read the full story here.
10:37 p.m. Alameda Measure Z to allow denser housing, loses: A initiative to throw out a 1973 law that banned multifamily apartment buildings in much of the East Bay island community of Alameda went down to defeat Tuesday, as a majority of the town’s electorate voted against allowing more density in the city of 78,000 — Measure Z was behind 59% to 41% with all precincts reporting. Read the story here.
10:31 p.m. George Gascón leading in Los Angeles County district attorney race: Early voting results showed former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was leading in the race to become Los Angeles County’s next top prosecutor, as he seeks to unseat a two-term incumbent on a reformist platform. Preliminary results showed Gascón with 54.5% of the vote as Jackie Lacey trailed with 45.5%. Read more here.
10:26 p.m. California Dems doing well in House races: California Democrats were on their way Tuesday night to holding on to most of the congressional seats they won in the party’s sweep of the 2018 midterm elections. Read the story here.
10:23 p.m. Trump is anticipated victor in Texas and Iowa: President Trump has carried two Republican-leaning states he won four years ago: Texas and Iowa, media projections based on partial returns show. Trump won Texas’ 38 electoral votes and Iowa’s six, the Associated Press projects. Democrat Joe Biden put up a fight in both states, but Trump reclaimed the top spot as more votes poured in. Trump was ahead of Biden 52% to 46% in Texas, and 53% to 46% in Iowa, according to unofficial returns.
10:20 p.m. Biden pushes back on Trump tweet: Democrat Joe Biden pushed back against President Trump’s tweet declaring victory in the election. “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election,” Biden tweeted early Wednesday morning. “It’s the voters’ place.” Trump tweeted around 9:45 p.m. Pacific that he plans to make a statement about his “big WIN” later tonight. Trump also suggested, in a post Twitter labeled as possibly misleading, that Democrats are trying to “steal the election.”
10:18 p.m. Twitter labels Trump tweet possibly misleading: Twitter labeled President Trump’s tweet alleging cheating in the presidential election as possible misinformation. “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process,” the label read. Twitter took action within minutes after Trump questioned the integrity of the election in a tweet: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election.” Trump has falsely claimed that counting mail-in ballots received after election day is cheating.
10:16 p.m. Candidates take early leads in CCSF board race: Two incumbents and two newcomers took leading positions in early returns Tuesday night in the crowded race for four seats on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees. The leading vote-getters were incumbents Shanell Williams and Tom Temprano and newcomers Aliya Chisti and Alan Wong. They are among 11 candidates competing to sit on the seven-member governing board of the financially troubled college. Read the story here.
10:12 p.m. Bay Area school districts looking to raise property taxes: School districts across the Bay Area, including in San Francisco and Marin and Alameda counties, could be raising property taxes to fund better school facilities and would pass parcel taxes to cover costs for art, music, libraries, salaries and other purposes, according to early returns. Read the how the measures fared in early returns.
10:09 p.m. Prop. F leading early on: Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors sponsored the measure, which would eliminate the city’s payroll tax and gradually raise gross receipts tax rates by 40% for all industries. The measure was was leading early on. Read the whole story here.
10:07 p.m. Crowd gathers outside Oakland City Hall: More than 70 people assembled to criticize both presidential candidates. Signs read “Choose ur racist Joe? Trump?” and “Both parties serve capitalism.” Another protest is planned for noon Wednesday.
10:06 p.m. Voters reject Prop. 21 to expand rent control: California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the state to limit rent control. Proposition 21 trailed 41%-59%, with a gap that widened throughout Tuesday evening. The initiative, which required a simple majority to pass, would have expanded the housing eligible to be covered by local rent regulations, including newer buildings, single-family homes and apartments vacated by their tenants. Read the story here.
10 p.m. Measure RR: Caltrain takes early lead in bid for tax increase: Caltrain on Tuesday was winning a bid for a temporary lifeline and long-term financial future with the support of voters in three counties for a sales tax raise. Measure RR, which requires approval from two-thirds of voters, was ahead in early returns. San Francisco County reported 74.7% to 25.3% votes, San Mateo 73.1% to 26.9%, and Santa Clara 68.6% to 31.5%. It would allow a 1/8-cent sales tax increase in those counties and raise an estimated $108 million annually for 30 years. Read the story here.
9:58 p.m. Biden says ‘it ain’t over’; Trump claims Dems trying to ‘steal’ election: Democrat Joe Biden said early Wednesday morning that he’s hopeful for victory when all mail-in ballots are counted. “We feel good about where we are,” Biden told supporters at a drive-in event in Wilmington, Del. “It ain’t over until every vote, every ballot is counted. But we’re feeling good.” President Trump claimed that Democrats are trying to rig the election, without providing evidence. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election, Trump tweeted. “We will never let them do it.”
9:50 p.m. Trump wins Ohio, Biden takes Minnesota: Two battleground states that Trump and Biden hoped to flip this election aren’t close to being tossups after all. The Associated Press projects Trump will win Ohio, with 94% of expected votes counted, where Biden had an earlier lead. Biden was the projected winner in Minnesota, where the Trump campaign hoped to expand its map.
9:45 p.m. Trump wins Florida: President Trump is projected to win Florida’s 29 electoral votes, the Associated Press and CNN project. Democrat Joe Biden’s projected loss there squashed hopes of a decisive Democratic victory emerging on election night.
9:20 p.m. Prop. 15 too close to call: The state ballot measure, which would partially overhaul Prop. 13 by removing property tax protections for commercial buildings, was narrowly behind, 49.8% to 50.2%, with votes continuing to come in.
9:47 p.m. Trump looks to break Democratic ‘blue wall’ — again: President Trump held onto sizable leads in three crucial battleground states that sent him to the White House in 2016: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump led Democrat Joe Biden by 14% in Pennsylvania; 10% in Michigan; and 4.7% in Wisconsin, with at least 50% of the expected vote counted in all three states. But election experts warn that early results could provide an incomplete picture because many mail-in ballots, which skew Democratic, have not been counted. Election officials in the three states could not begin counting mail-in ballots until election day. Biden likely has no plausible path to victory unless he wins at least two of the states.
9:44 p.m. Prop. 20 seeking to increase some sentences, loses: An initiative to increase punishment for theft crimes and make some prisoners ineligible for parole hearings was rejected by California voters Tuesday. Proposition 20, backed by law enforcement organizations, was a test of California voters’ attitudes on crime and punishment, which have swung back and forth in the last four decades. Read the story here.
9:40 p.m. Wiener wins second term: State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, won reelection Tuesday. He defeated fellow Democrat Jackie Fielder in the 11th Senate District, leading 60% to 40% in unofficial returns.
9:37 p.m. Incumbents hold early leads in BART races. Despite fierce challenges in several districts, BART’s incumbent board directors held leads in early returns Tuesday night. Board President Lateefah Simon, a social justice advocate who heads BART’s board, had 67% of votes in early returns, signaling that her platform emphasizing police reform appealed to a majority of voters.
9:16 p.m. Prop. 16: Voters rejecting affirmative action: As votes continued to pour in, a bid to end the ban on affirmative action for California government agencies and public universities was losing, with voters rejecting a ballot measure that would again allow the consideration of race and sex in state hiring, contracting and admissions decisions. Proposition 16 trailed 46%-54% Tuesday night, with a simple majority needed for passage. Read the story here.
9:28 p.m. S.F. Prop. D and E: Law enforcement reforms leading in early returns: San Francisco voters were embracing two ballot measures that would make modest reforms to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office and Police Department. Proposition D, which would create a seven-member Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board was winning, 68% to 32%, in early returns. Proposition E, which would eliminate a minimum staffing requirement for the Police Department was also poised to pass, 73% to 27%, in early returns. Read the full story here.
9:27 p.m. Incumbents leading in Oakland: Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo and Dan Kalb had early leads in theirs bids to hold on to their Oakland City Council seats, while challenger Carroll Fife was leading in District 5. City Attorney Barbara Parker was leading in early returns with over 80% of the vote as well.
9:23 p.m. Pelosi cruises to reelection: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been reelected. Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, easily defeated challenger Shahid Buttar, 80% to 20% in unofficial returns. Pelosi has represented the city in Congress since 1987.
9:10 p.m. Prop. I real estate transfer tax hike leading: A San Francisco ballot measure that would raise the real estate transfer tax to generate as much as $100 million a year was ahead in early counts Tuesday.
9:20 p.m. San Francisco measures leading in early returns: Voters were backing several propositions on the ballot in early returns, including a $487.5 million bond and a parcel tax for schools as well as a plan to overhaul the city’s business-tax structure.
9:17 p.m. Democrats on track to flip Arizona Senate seat: Democrat Mark Kelly held a 10-point lead over Republican incumbent Martha McSally in the race for U.S. Senate in Arizona, in early returns Tuesday. Kelly, a former astronaut, was poised to flip the seat, with 75% of the expected vote counted. If the seat indeed turns blue, Democrats could be within a few races of flipping control of the Senate.
9:14 p.m. Prop. 25 trails in early returns: A ballot measure to abolish cash bail in California and allow judges to decide whether a defendant should be freed before trial was trailing in early returns Tuesday night. Proposition 25, backed by Democratic leaders and most civil rights groups and opposed by the bail bond industry, was narrowly trailing with 2.7 million votes, or 52.6%, in an early tally of mostly mailed-in votes. Read the whole story here.
9:05 p.m. Biden projected to take Colorado: Joe Biden will emerge victorious in Colorado, holding onto a western state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, news agencies project. With 80% of expected votes counted, Biden was handily leading President Trump 57%-42%.
9:02 p.m. Prop. 16: Early returns show voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action: A bid to end the ban on affirmative action for California government agencies and public universities was locked in a close battle Tuesday night, with voters narrowly rejecting a ballot measure that would again allow the consideration of race and sex in state hiring, contracting and admissions decisions. Proposition 16 trailed 48%-52% in early returns, with a simple majority needed for passage. The first returns included a large number of mail-in ballots.
8:58 p.m. Wiener takes strong lead in early returns: Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, was leading 57.7% to 42.3% in his bid for a second term in early returns Tuesday. On the Peninsula, Democrat Josh Becker had a commanding lead over his opponent, 79.5%-20.5%.
8:56 p.m. Alameda voting to keep ban on multifamily apartment buildings: A initiative to throw out a 1973 law that banned multifamily apartment buildings in much of the East Bay island community of Alameda was losing in early returns Tuesday. A a majority of voters were rejecting more density in the city of 78,000 — Measure Z was behind 58% to 42%. Read the story here.
8:54 p.m. Measure giving 17-year-olds the vote in some elections trails: Proposition 18, which would change the California Constitution to allow some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, was losing Tuesday night in early returns. Voters were rejecting the change in election law by a solid margin as the first ballots were tallied. Read the story here.
8:51 p.m. Robert McConnell holding slight lead in Vallejo mayoral race: McConnell, a city council member, held a slight lead over council member Hakeem Brown in the five-way race to become Vallejo’s next mayor, as early returns came in Tuesday night. McConnell was ahead with nearly 42% of the vote, with Brown trailing at 40%, according to Solano County election results.
8:48 p.m. Arizona votes to legalize marijuana: Arizonans will join most of their neighboring Western states in legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use, the Associated Press projects. Voters in the Grand Canyon state were on track to easily approve a measure legalizing marijuana for anyone over 21 years old.
8:42 p.m. Iowa teeters: President Trump regained the lead in traditionally red Iowa, edging past Joe Biden in partial returns, 51% to 48%, after 83% of the expected vote was tallied.
8:38 p.m. Prop. 24 ahead in early returns: California’s Proposition 24, which would expand the state’s landmark consumer privacy law, led in early returns Tuesday night, 55% to 45%. Read the story here.
8:37 p.m. BART board president leads in Alameda County: BART board president Lateefah Simon had a commanding lead in early returns in Alameda County Tuesday night, with 76 % of the vote, compared to 23 % for her challenger, Sharon Kidd. Simon has advocated for extensive police reform on BART.
8:35 p.m. California stem cell measure passing: Proposition 14, the state measure to re-fund California’s stem cell agency, was passing 51% to 49% in early returns. The $5.5 billion bond measure needs a simple majority to pass.
8:32 p.m. Biden holds narrow Iowa lead: Democrat Joe Biden is holding off President Trump in Iowa, a state he easily won in 2016. According to early returns, Biden led Trump 50% to 48%, with nearly two-thirds of the expected vote counted. Iowa’s six electoral votes could prove critical as the race tightens and could be decided by a few Midwestern states.
8:27 p.m. Proposition 22 leading: The ballot measure, richly backed by Uber, Lyft and other gig-work companies, was leading in early returns. The companies spent heavily to pass the measure, which would exempt ride-hail drivers and meal couriers from California’s AB5 and keep them as independent contractors.
8:26 p.m. Prop. 21: Early returns indicate rejection of rent control measure: California voters are poised to reject a ballot measure that would allow the state to limit rent control. Proposition 21 trailed 65%-35% in early returns, which included a large number of mail-in ballots. The initiative, which requires a simple majority for passage, would expand the housing that could be covered by local rent regulations, including newer buildings, single-family homes and apartments vacated by their tenants.
8:22 p.m. Prop. 17 leads in early returns — would give parolees right to vote: A ballot measure allowing 50,000 former prisoners in California to vote while on parole was leading in early returns Tuesday. Proposition 17, a proposal to add California to the 19 states and the District of Columbia that grant voting rights to parolees, was leading by 51% to 49% in the first results. Read the story here.
8:13 p.m. Trump hanging on in Texas: With three quarters of expected votes counted, President Trump held on to a lead in the Lone Star State. Trump was ahead 51.5% to 41%. If the president’s lead held up through the counting, it would deprive Democrats of a dream flip of the state to the Democratic column.
8:05 p.m. Biden projected to win California, West Coast states: Democrat Joe Biden will win California, Oregon and Washington, the Associated Press and CNN project. In a night filled with nail-biter races in the Midwest and South, Biden faced little threat from President Trump on the West Coast.
7:56 p.m. Biden wins New Hampshire, outlets project: Democrat Joe Biden has won the battleground state of New Hampshire, CNN, MSNBC and CBS project. President Trump narrowly lost the state in 2016. But Biden held a 53.8% to 44.9% edge over Trump in early returns, with about a third of the vote counted. As Biden loses ground in other swing states, New Hampshire’s four electoral votes could be critical in a tight contest.
7:54 p.m. Biden jumps to an early lead in Arizona: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden led President Trump in the first results out of Arizona, 53.7% to 45%. But the results reflect early in-person and mail voting in the state, which were stronger for Democrats, with tallies from in-person balloting expected to help Trump. The battleground state, which Trump won in 2016, may be crucial for a Biden victory as he lost ground in other states he hoped to flip, such as Florida and North Carolina.
7:45 p.m. Trump projected winner in Kansas: President was expected to take the cornbelt state of Kansas, repeating his 2016 victory in the GOP stronghold, CNN and the Associated Press projected. With 79 percent of the expected votes counted, the president held a margin of nearly 9 points over Joe Biden.
7:30 p.m. Trump takes early lead in Wisconsin, Michigan: With many mail-in ballots still to be counted, President Trump jumped to an early lead in the critical states of Wisconsin and Michigan. The traditionally Democratic-leaning states helped propel Trump to the White House by a narrow margin in 2016, and Joe Biden’s campaign was desperate to recapture them. With about a third of the expected vote counted in both states, Trump led Biden 50% to 48.3% in Wisconsin and 54.8% to 43.4% in Michigan.
7:29 p.m. Biden projected winner in New Mexico: Joe Biden moved New Mexico to his basket of wins, according to media projections. The state went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and unlike neighboring Texas and Arizona was not much of a target for President Trump. With 73% of expected votes counted, Biden held a 53%-45% advantage in the state, which has 5 electoral votes.
7:23 p.m. Trump claims lead in Ohio, North Carolina: As more votes poured in, President Trump reclaimed a narrow lead in two battleground states he won in 2016, according to early returns. Trump was leading Democrat Joe Biden 51% to 47% in Ohio, where Biden’s prior lead had raised Democrats’ spirits earlier in the night. Trump also reclaimed the lead in North Carolina, edging out Biden 49.6% to 49.2%
7:10 p.m. Trump claims lead in Ohio, North Carolina: As more votes pour in, President Trump has reclaimed a narrow lead in two battleground states he won in 2016, according to early returns. Trump now leads Democrat Joe Biden 51 to 47% in Ohio, where Biden’s prior lead had raised Democrats’ spirits earlier in the night. Trump also reclaimed the lead in North Carolina, edging out Biden 49.6% to 49.2%
7:12 p.m. Lindsey Graham pulls out win in South Carolina: Sen. Lindsay Graham has fended off a challenge by Democrat Jaime Harrison, the Associated Press projects, in what had become a surprise toss-up race going into the election. Harrison was able to raise millions of dollars for a big TV ad campaign highlighting his personal story. Graham, who is close to President Trump, was targeted for his flip-flop on the question of voting on a Supreme Court nominee close to the election, taking a 180-degree turn this year from what he had said during Barack Obama’s presidency.
7:09 p.m. Twitter labels premature race calls: Twitter has begun labeling premature declarations of victory in state races that have not been called by official sources. The tech giant labeled a tweet from the Trump campaign that declared victory in South Carolina. At the time, the race had only been called by the Associated Press, not two sources as Twitter required, The New York Times reports. Trump has since been declared the victor in South Carolina by multiple outlets.
7 p.m. Trump edges ahead in Texas: The volatile tally in Texas returned to favor President Trump with 68% of the expected vote counted Tuesday night. He led Joe Biden 50.5% to 48.2% in a state that, should the Democrats manage to take it, would represent a stunning sea change in the electorate. Trump won it by 9 points in 2016
6:56 p.m. Senate seat seen flipping to Democratic Party in Colorado: Democrat John Hickenlooper is the projected winner of a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, beating incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner and giving Democrats a key flip in their hopes for taking control of the Senate. The contest represents the election’s first Senate seat to flip between parties. Democrats need to win at least three more Republican-held seats to take control, with Republicans holding a 53-47 majority.
6:54 p.m. Texas a nail-biter, with Biden ahead: Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the White House since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but Democrat Joe Biden held the lead in early returns Tuesday. Biden led President Trump 49.6% to 49%, with more than two-thirds of the estimated vote counted. Trump easily defeated Hillary Clinton in Texas four years ago, but Biden and his surrogates have repeatedly visited the state, and polls showed a tighter-than-expected fight for the state’s 38 electoral votes.
6:51 p.m.Trump improves on 2016 in Florida: President Trump has won more votes than he did four years ago in Miami-Dade County, which is home to much of Florida’s Cuban-American population. For months, Trump’s campaign have branded Democratic nominee Joe Biden as a “socialist” who supported normalizing relations with Cuba when he was vice president. Biden was outperforming 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton among seniors in Florida, it wasn’t enough to overcome Trump’s improvement since then among the state’s diverse Latino population, according to early returns. Read more here.
6:40 p.m. Toss up so far in North Carolina: With 83 percent of expected vote counted, Joe Biden held a narrow edge over President Trump in North Carolina, 50% to 49%. The numbers mirror poll results in the waning days of the campaign, and the emphasis both campaigns placed on the state strategically. President Trump held several rallies there.
6:33 p.m. First openly trans state senator elected: Delaware voters picked Sarah McBride for a Wilmington-area state Senate seat Tuesday, making her the first openly transgender candidate in the nation to win election to the upper chamber of a state legislature, the Delaware News Journal reported. Vermont also elected its first openly trans state lawmaker, Taylor Small, who won a House seat in the Burlington suburbs.
6:29 p.m. Trump jumps out strongly in Georgia: President Donald Trump faced tight races with Joe Biden in Florida and North Carolina, but one Southern battleground, Georgia, was trending strongly in his favor with about a third of the expeced vote tallied. Trump led Biden 57% to 42%. However, few votes had been counted in the Atlanta area, a Democratic bastion.
6:20 p.m. Trump prevails in Indiana: President Trump is the projected winner in Indiana. The state which he also carried in 2016 garners him 11 electoral votes. He also has defeated Joe Biden in North Dakota, 3 electoral votes; South Dakota, 3 electoral votes; and Louisiana, 8 electoral votes, AP projections show.
6:08 p.m. Biden leading in North Carolina, important state to Trump: With more than two-thirds of the expected vote counted, Democrat Joe Biden held the lead in North Carolina on Tuesday, with a 51%-48% edge over President Trump. Trump won North Carolina by under 4% in 2016. The state’s 15 electoral votes are key for him, especially if Biden triumphs in Midwestern battlegrounds where Trump eked out wins in 2016. A longtime GOP stronghold, North Carolina has been increasingly competitive, with former President Barack Obama turning it blue in 2008. Final results may take weeks due to late counting of mail-in ballots.
6 p.m. Biden takes New York: Joe Biden is the projected winner in New York and will claim the state’s 29 electoral votes. New York, typically reliably Democratic, was blasted early on by the coronavirus pandemic, an issue that colored the votes of many Americans.
5:54 p.m. Biden outperforms Clinton in Ohio, analysis shows: CNN analysis shows that Democrat Joe Biden outperforming Hillary Clinton’s 2016 showing in Ohio against President Trump, by about 5 %. Biden was ahead in partial vote tallies in key counties of the industrial state. At the same time, the analysis shows Trump underperforming in the state that he won by 8% in 2016.
5:12 p.m. House will still have at least one Black Republican: The Associated Press has called the race for Florida’s 19th congressional district seat in favor of Byron Donalds over Democratic challenger Cindy Banyai. Outgoing Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who is retiring, is currently the only Black Republican in the House, and Donalds is also a Black American.
5:12 p.m. Biden lead in Ohio could spell trouble for Trump in Midwest: Democrat Joe Biden led President Trump by more than 300,000 votes in Ohio, with about 41% of the expected vote counted. Results were still early, but Biden’s strong early performance could foreshadow trouble for Trump in the Midwest, where white, working class voters drove him to victory in 2016. Four years ago, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 8 points after eroding Democratic support among blue collar voters.
5:16 p.m. Biden, Trump wrack up wins in no-surprise states: A slew of projected wins based on partial vote counts in the presidential race have been called by the Associated Press and media outlets. For Joe Biden, victory is predicted in Democratic strongholds of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Biden’s home state of Delaware. President Trump has prevailed in Kentucky and across a GOP southern landscape of Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee, the projections indicate.
5:08 p.m. Familiar story — Florida a tossup with most votes counted: President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are neck and neck in Florida, with more than 81% of the expected vote counted. Trump led Biden by about 11,000 votes in early returns, a fraction of the state’s more than 9.5 million ballots counted so far. Trump was performing better than expected in the Democratic stronghold of Miami-Dade County, where he lost to Hillary Clinton by a large margin in 2016. But Biden appears to have made inroads with voters in some suburban counties, where Trump dominated four years ago.
5:04 p.m. Misinformation on WeChat targeted Chinese Americans : At least two dozen groups on the Chinese-owned social media app WeChat circulated rumors that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was “preparing to mobilize” the National Guard and military to squash impending riots Tuesday. The misinformation was aimed at scaring Chinese Americans out of voting on election day, KQED and ProPublica reported Monday. A flyer in Chinese and English on the platform warned that the would impose a two-week quarantine and close all businesses.The National Guard said the flyer was “categorically false.”
4:55 p.m. Election results delayed for the most populous county in Georgia: Voting officials in Fulton County, Ga., home to Atlanta, said its election results will be delayed after a water pipe burst in a room with ballots, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The incident delayed absentee processing operations by four hours Tuesday.
4:45 p.m. Biden seen as Virginia winner, Trump projected to take West Virginia: The Associated Press projects Joe Biden will emerge the victor in Virginia, a state Hillary Clinton won against Donald Trump in 2016, and collect its 13 electoral votes. Trump is projected to repeat his victory in West Virginia, garnering its 5 electoral votes.
4:40 p.m. QAnon supporter leading for to Congress: Marjorie Taylor Greene, a supporter of QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory, appeared on the verge of being elected to a congressional seat in Georgia. Taylor Greene was expected to win a heavily conservative district, Buzzfeed reports. She has voiced support for the theory that President Trump is fighting against a “deep state” network of pedophiles.
4:39 p.m. Californians returned more than 12 million mail ballots: California’s mail-in voting saw more than 12 million early ballots cast, a 54.9% total return rate, according to the U.S. Election Project statistics. Democrats returned 6.1 million ballots and Republicans and no-party-preference voting groups each returned more than 2.9 million ahead of Election Day. More than 100 million people voted early, data showed.
4:33 p.m. Georgia takes on slight blue hue in early returns: Democrat Joe Biden led President Trump slightly in early ballot counting in Georgia, a state that emerged during the campaign as surprisingly competitive given Trump’s 2016 win and the state’s usual Republican bent. A Biden win could foreshadow big night for democrats. with 5% of expected votes tallied, Biden had 51% to Trump’s 48% in the battle for Georgia’s 16 electoral votes.
4:25 p.m. Biden leading with partial count in Florida: Joe Biden moved ahead of President Trump in Florida with just over half of the expected vote tally counted. Biden was polling at 51% to Trump’s 49% — and given Florida’s history, it’s still very early. Trump won the state in 2016, but the count already has swung back and forth between the candidates as results come in. A loss in Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, could complicate Trump’s most plausible path to victory.
4 p.m. CNN calls Indiana for Trump: CNN has projects President Trump will easily win in Indiana. The projection came as little surprise given the state’s deep Republican streak.
4:16 p.m. Joe Biden projected winner in Vermont: Joe Biden is projected to beat President Trump in Vermont, based on data from the Associated Press. Biden pockets a state where Hillary Clinton also beat President Trump in 2016.
4:11 p.m. Votes trickle from ultimate rollercoaster Florida: Early returns gave President Trump the edge in Florida, with 52%, to 48% for Joe Biden. That’s based on just 16% of the vote tabulated. Florida’s vote returns can swing wildly because of the distinctive patterns in different counties.
4:10 p.m. Trump wins Kentucky: Based on early returns, President Trump has won the reliably Republican state of Kentucky, the Associated Press says.
4 p.m. Polls on East Coast start closing: The first early results of the 2020 presidential election are beginning to trickle in. Polls in parts of Indiana and Kentucky closed at 3 p.m. Pacific, and President Trump jumped to an early lead, not surprising, in Indiana. Polls in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Vermont closed at 4 p.m. Pacific. But political observers on both sides of the aisle are gearing up for a late night and an extended vote count that could last for weeks in some states. That’s not the slightest bit unusual. Typically, official election results aren’t certified, in most states, until weeks after election night.
3:55 a.m. First-time voters hear bells: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Nora Mishanec visits the Eritrean Community Center in San Francisco, where poll inspector Jessica Kuo tells her that the sound of the bell confirming that the scanner has processed a ballot is music to the ears of the site’s many first-time voters. Click here to listen. Fifth & Mission is updating frequently throughout election day and night.
3:45 p.m. Exit polls suggest economy top issue: Exit polling analyzed by CNN suggests that the economy was the most important issue for voters across the county, with 34% calling it their top concern. More voters said the economy was their top issue than the coronavirus, but the pandemic was still top of mind for many. About 18% said the coronavirus was their chief concern, and 21% called racial inequality the top issue. A majority of respondents also thought containing the coronavirus was more important than rebuilding the economy 52% to 42%.
3:42 p.m. Trump leads with tiniest New Hampshire votes counted: President Trump jumped ahead of Joe Biden with just a small fraction of expected vote totals counted Tuesday in New Hamshire, and thus a clear trend remains some time off.
3:34 p.m. All eyes remain on swing state Pennsylvania: In Pennsylvania, which is particularly vital to President Trump’s path to victory, Democratic officials said they felt particularly bullish Tuesday about turnout in Philadelphia, the New York Times reports. With just under 400,000 mail ballots cast and lines at hundreds of polling places around the city starting at 6:30 a.m., one said he thought the turnout could surge past 2008 levels for former President Barack Obama. However, Bill Bretz, chairman of the Republican Party in Westmoreland County, which includes eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, said turnout had been “exceptionally high” there.
3:28 p.m. Early returns show Trump lead in Kentucky, Indiana: Very early, partial returns from both Indiana and Kentucky show President Trump with a comfortable lead, no surprise in these reliably GOP states.
3:20 p.m. Putting their heart into the election: Regional Medical Center in San Jose put extra staff on call Tuesday to handle what doctors believe could be a 15% increase in patients experiencing an array of cardiac issues caused by the stress of election day. “These kind of stresses cause a well-documented increase in cardiovascular events,” said Dr. Paul Silka, director of the emergency room. Read the story here.
3:01 p.m. Georgia expects a lot of results by midnight: Georgia scanned its massive number of absentee ballots over the weekend, and only has to press tabulation to start getting results right away, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told ABC News on Tuesday. He said anticipates a good amount of results will be in by midnight. Georgia has emerged during the campaign as a surprisingly competitive presidential race state, given President Trump’s win there in 2016 and the state’s usually reliable Republican bent.
2:56 p.m. Some 10 million robocalls placed, asking people to stay home on election day: Millions of robocalls throughout the country, including in battleground states, have spammed people’s phones asking them to “stay safe and stay home” on election day. The Washington Post estimated that about 10 million robocalls have recently been made. Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks tweeted: “I’m going to get to the bottom of this. Illegal robocalls and robotexts that seek to impact our elections are unacceptable.” Government officials in Oregon, Florida and Michigan have already called out this spamming campaign urging residents to vote today not tomorrow, Axios reported.
2:12 p.m. Newsom: California ‘prepared’ for unrest: Post-election protests will likely be peaceful — but the state is prepared if they aren’t — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday during a get-out-the-vote stop at Manny’s on Valencia Street in San Francisco. State and local officials have increased police staffing and are prepared if mass demonstrations turn violent, Newsom said. The governor’s statement came as businesses around the Bay Area boarded up shop windows in anticipation of unrest. The San Francisco and Oakland police departments have both boosted staffing on election night.
2:03 p.m. No Russian-language ballots at S.F. polling place: The Eritrean Community Center polling place on Fillmore Street in San Francisco is serving a high proportion of the city’s Russian community, but there’s just one snag: There aren’t any Russian-language ballots. Poll workers said some community members have needed the assistance of a bilingual translator to help them navigate the ballot, which is in English, Spanish and Chinese.
1:49 p.m. Michael Bloomberg donates $250,000 to support San Francisco’s Proposition A: The billionaire and former presidential candidate contributed to the city’s $487.5 million bond measure for parks, mental health, homeless services and seismic improvements, according to campaign disclosures. The measure has raised over $2.3 million in favor, with no financial opposition. Hyatt Hotels scion John Pritzker gave $250,000 and Susan Pritzker gave $101,500 in support of the measure.
1:26 p.m. S.F. mayor phone banks for Biden: San Francisco Mayor London Breed posted a video on Twitter of her calling voters in Pennsylvania and urging them to vote for the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Democratic presidential ticket.
12:25 p.m. Patti LaBelle urges people to march to the polls and vote: Award-winning songstress Patti LaBelle told The Chronicle’s Tony Bravo that people should vote “to ease a lot of our pain.” LaBelle also said her voice is involved in the Black Lives Matter Movement and that Kamala Harris’ vice presidential candidacy is “personal” for her.
12:24 p.m. Many tech workers get time off to vote: A company holiday on election day or other time off to volunteer for civic causes is a growing perk in Silicon Valley. But gig workers, even as they’re bombarded with political ads from the apps they depend on to make money, aren’t so fortunate. The Chronicle’s Chase DiFeliciantonio has the story.
12:21 p.m. White House press secretary predicts Trump landslide, despite polls: Kayleigh McEnany said in a Fox News interview Tuesday that “tonight will be a landslide” for the Trump campaign, The Hill reported. She said that Trump will carry Nevada and Minnesota despite most polls giving the Democrat a slight edge in those states.
11:43 a.m. Newsom concerned about post-election doubts: During a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Gov. Gavin Newsom told The Sacramento Bee he’s “worried about people not trusting the outcome. I’m worried about the outcome being politicized.” The Bee writes that the governor said he’s also worried about disinformation from both domestic and foreign actors.
11:22 a.m. Election spending reaches nearly $14 billion, most expensive ever: The Center for Responsive Politics pegged the 2020 election as “the most expensive election in history and twice as expensive as the previous presidential election cycle,” with spending reaching nearly $14 billion. The report states that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is the first candidate in history to ever raise $1 billion in funding from donors. President Donald Trump raised $596 million,
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