Election 2020 live updates: AP projects Joe Biden will be elected president, wins Pennsylvania

Posted at 4:01 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 21:16:44-05

UPDATE: AP projects Joe Biden has won the state of Pennsylvania and has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.

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9:10 PM
Projected President-Elect Joe Biden called for the end of "this grim era of demonization in America" during his speech Saturday evening.

8:55 PM
Projected Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris said that while she might be the first woman to hold the second highest office in the United States, she won't be the last.

8:34 PM
Protesters gathered in Cleveland's Kamms Corner neighborhood Saturday evening in opposition of the announcement that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election.

5:48 PM
ABC News will air a breaking news special to address the projections that came Saturday afternoon calling the win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election. Biden and Harris will deliver their first remarks as projected president-elect and vice president-elect during the special. More here.

2:55 PM
When President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris take office in January, they will face a list of extraordinary challenges. More here.

2:38 PM
Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted issued a statement regarding Joe Biden's projected election, encouraging individuals to "honor the outcome" once election officials declare the final results.

1:52 PM
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. More here.

1:09 PM
Former President Barack Obama issued a statement congratulating President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on their win Saturday. More here.

12:39 PM
President Donald Trump said in a statement that he will contest President-Elect Joe Biden’s win, adding that he does not accept the result of last Tuesday’s election. More here.

12:36 PM
Crowds gather in Washington D.C. following the announcement that Joe Biden has been projected to win the 2020 presidential election.

12:34 PM
President-elect Joe Biden will address the nation tonight at 8 p.m. in Wilmington, Delaware.

12:30 PM
Kamala Harris tweeted a video Saturday afternoon saying, "We did it."

12:17 PM
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Biden and Harris on their win Saturday.

12:09 PM
Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries. More here.

11:55 AM
President-elect Joe Biden issued the following statement, according to ABC News:

Statement by President-elect Joe Biden
"I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together."

11:53 AM
According to ABC News, Donald Trump issued the following statement after the race was called:

Statement from President Donald J. Trump
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.

“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”

- President Donald J. Trump

11:39 AM
EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for Biden

Until Saturday morning, Pennsylvania was not called despite Biden gaining a lead on Friday.

The Associated Press declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST. The AP called the race for Biden, who held a 30,952-vote lead after it determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up. More here:

11:32 AM
Joe Biden is projected to win the presidential election and become the 46th president of the United States, according to The Associated Press. More here.

AP, ABC and other outlets projected Biden to win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, pushing him past the 270 threshold to secure the presidency.

Electoral map showing Joe Biden winning current electoral votes, enough to surpass the 270 threshold to win the presidency.

10:36 AM
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning "I won this election, by a lot!" The tweet was immediately flagged by Twitter. A winner for the election has not been called. Ballots for multiple states are still being counted.

9:52 AM
A fifth White House staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, according to ABC news.

9:45 AM
President Donald Trump will hold a news conference in Philadelphia at 11:30 a.m.

12:19 AM
If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the White House, Harris will have to resign her seat in the U.S. Senate.

The power to fill that seat would fall to Governor Gavin Newsom, and the political jockeying for his pick is well underway. More here.


11:25 PM
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with the coronavirus as the nation sets daily records for confirmed cases for the pandemic. Two senior administration officials confirmed Meadows tested positive for the virus, which has killed more than 236,000 Americans so far this year. More here.

10:15 PM
Joe Biden delivered remarks Friday night as election results continue to come in.

Watch his speech in the player below:

7:30 PM
ABC News will air a primetime special starting at 8 p.m. tonight regarding the 2020 elections. George Stephanopoulos will anchor the show and be joined by David Muir and Linsey Davis.

6:33 PM
Election officials in Georgia deliver an update on the state's ballot counting.

1:26 PM
Joe Biden plans to deliver prime-time televised address Friday.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign announced that he would be making an address but did not say where or what he plans to say. More here.

11:42 AM
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there will be a peaceful transfer of power if Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election. More here.

10:54 AM
From the counting room to the courtroom. That's where things are headed as Nevada has become center stage for a legal showdown.

The Trump campaign and the Nevada Republican Party are likely to keep knocking on Nevada courthouse doors as our state is poised to become a pawn in a legal chess game surrounding election results and how votes are counted. More here.

9:10 AM
New vote totals from Pennsylvania show that Joe Biden has taken the lead in the Keystone State. The Associated Press has not yet declared the state to Biden as it remains too close to call. More here.

8:18 AM
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he expects Biden to take the lead in his state soon, as ballots continue to be counted.

Trump currently holds an edge of about 16,000-18,000 votes, and there are "north of" 150,000-160,000 ballots left to be counted in the Keystone State, according to Fetterman, who noted that Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled state legislature did not allow local election officials to pre-canvas mail-in ballots before Election Day.

5:00 AM
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has overtaken President Donald Trump's once-sizeable lead in the state of Georgia, though the state remains too close to call, according to the latest update from the Associated Press.

At about 4:30 a.m. ET, Clayton County in Georgia, released a new batch of mail-in tallies that gave Biden a lead of 917 votes in the state. More here.

3:45 AM
Biden continued to chip away at Trump's lead in Pennsylvania early Friday morning, with the two candidates now separated by just 18,229 vote. As of 3 a.m. ET, Trump has 3,286,171 votes in the Keystone State while Biden has 3,267,942.


1:36 PM
A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots. More here.

1:05 PM
Election officials in Clark County, Nevada provide an update on election counts. The state remains too close to call.

12:50 PM
The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, because there were hundreds of thousands of votes left to be counted Thursday morning in the contest between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. More here.

12:20 PM
Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a slight lead in Nevada, with just about 12,000 votes more than President Donald Trump. More here.

12:05 PM
A judge in Georgia has dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that raised concerns about a handful of absentee ballots in Chatham County. More here.

11:00 AM
An official in Georgia's Fulton County, home to Altanta, says the county has under 2,500 ballots left to count and should be done counting within the hour.
As of 9:15 a.m., Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state had about 61,000 ballots still outstanding. Most ballots are anticipated to be counted Thursday.

9:20 AM
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said a lawsuit from the Trump campaign aiming to temporarily halt vote counting is "meritless, frivolous."
"I see this as a meritless, frivolous lawsuit that's just an attempt to sow seeds of doubt in our election process, which is quite secure, quite accessible," Benson told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on "Good Morning America."

"As an election law attorney for the better part of two decades and former dean of a law school, I'm very familiar with how to ensure our procedures comply with the law," she added. "We've worked hard to make sure every single vote counts."

8:05 AM
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she doesn't expect there to be a recount in her state, ABC reports.

"Our recount margins are very narrow," Hobbs told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on "Good Morning America." "So I don't think we're going to get to that territory."

6:25 AM
Trump's lead in Georgia shrinks to just 18,540 votes. The margin between Trump and Biden in Georgia shrunk even more Thursday morning as thousands of additional votes were counted in Fulton County, the state's most populous county, which continues to process and tabulate ballots.


7:24 PM
President Donald Trump announced he will be challenging Georgia's results, although he currently holds a narrow lead. More here.

6:22 PM
Dozens of people are gathering outside of the TCF Center in Downtown Detroit, trying to get inside to challenge votes which are being counted. More here.

6:13 PM
ABC News announced they will be airing an election special Wednesday night at 10 p.m. as the outcome of the 2020 presidential election remains unclear over 24 hours after polls closed. More here.

6:02 PM
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to speak at about 6:15 p.m. You can watch his address in the ABC News video player above.

6 PM
The Associated Press joined ABC News in projecting Joe Biden as the winner in Michigan.

4:56 PM
A tweet from the president stating that they have "claimed" Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Michigan, all states which are officially undeclared or declared for Biden, was immediately flagged by Twitter with a disclaimer: "Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted."

4:40 PM
ABC News is projecting that Joe Biden will win the state of Michigan.

3:28 PM
The Trump campaign has filed a second lawsuit to stop ballot-counting the day after the election. This time in Pennsylvania.

In a release sent to supporters, the president’s campaign says they are taking several legal actions concerning Pennsylvania ballots. The first is they are “moving to intervene in the existing Supreme Court litigation over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s unlawful extension of the mail-in ballot receipt deadline.” More here.

2:26 PM
The Associated Press has projected that Joe Biden will win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes, narrowing President Trump's path to victory as his campaign calls for an immediate recount of votes in the state. Biden is within 1% of Trump in Wisconsin's unofficial election results, so the president is within his right to request a recount.

2:22 PM
President Donald Trump’s campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan. The latest counts gives Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, a small lead, but the race is still too early to call. More here.

1:05 PM
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien says the president plans to “immediately” request a recount in the battleground state of Wisconsin, where the race remains close.

In Wisconsin, if a race is within 1 percentage point, the trailing candidate can force a recount. More here.

11:48 AM
While Joe Biden is over 20,000 votes ahead of President Trump in Wisconsin, and the state's election officials are saying all votes are counted, major outlets, including the Associated Press and ABC News, have yet to call the state for Biden.

10 AM
Ohio Election Protection groups will give a briefing about the various scenarios that unfolded during Election Day. Watch a recording of the briefing below:

9:40 AM
Voting turnout here in Cuyahoga County missed the mark on Election Day with numbers below the board of elections' target of 70%. The county reported just over 603,000 cast ballots. Read more here.

8:45 AM
The Willoughby Police Department is hoping someone comes forward to claim a missing ring found at a polling station on Election Day. Read more here.

8:09 AM
Some residents may find themselves throwing away unwanted campaign signs, but the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District (CCSWD) is asking residents to not place signs in curbside recycling. Read more here.

6:33 AM
Parma’s controversial Issue 73—the bond that would have increased property taxes to help build two school campuses and a community center— was defeated on Election Night. Read more here.

6:05 AM
Residents in Westlake have voted to remove gender-specific language from the city’s charter. Read more here.

5:10 AM
By all indications, the Ohio Republican Party appears to have maintained its supermajorities in both state legislative chambers as they head into a new term next year. Read more here.

5:00 AM
Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign says it will fight any efforts by President Donald Trump’s campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated.
In a statement sent before 4 a.m. Wednesday, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon called Trump’s statement that he will “be going to the U.S. Supreme Court” and that he wants “all voting to stop” “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect.” O’Malley Dillon says the Biden campaign has “legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.” And she says, “They will prevail.”

4:00 AM
Tune in to Good Morning Cleveland starting at 4:30 a.m. for the latest coverage from Election Day. Watch the latest information in the media player below:

Replay: Good Morning Cleveland

3:25 AM
Democrat Joe Biden has won at least three of Maine’s four electoral votes in his bid to unseat President Donald Trump. Biden won the statewide tally and the 1st Congressional District, good for three electoral votes. Trump, meanwhile, hoped to claim one electoral vote in a win in the 2nd Congressional District. The 2nd Congressional District hasn’t yet been called. Maine split its electoral votes four years ago, awarding three to Democrat Hillary Clinton and one to Trump, who won the more rural and conservative of Maine’s congressional districts.

3:20 AM
The Akron Zoo announced that its campaign strategists informed them Tuesday night that Issue 47 will pass, providing funding to be used to fund operational expenses, maintenance and expand educational programming for the growing zoo. Read more here.

3:15 AM
Ohio voters react to polls closing after long election cycle. Read more here.

3:09 AM
Democrat Joe Biden has won Arizona and its 11 electoral votes, flipping a critical battleground state that Donald Trump won four years ago and that could help determine which candidate wins the presidency. The victory by Biden was a huge blow to Trump’s chances for reelection. Arizona has backed a Democratic presidential candidate only once in the last 72 years.

2:30 AM
President Donald Trump issued a statement declaring victory in Tuesday's presidential election, adding that he believes that the election is being stolen. There is no evidence at this time of any widespread election or voting fraud.

1:45 AM
Biden picked up what could be a key Electoral College vote in Nebraska by winning the state’s congressional district. Given the states left, that could potentially give Biden exactly the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win.

1:14 AM
Trump has won Texas, holding off a Biden challenge in the state. Trump has narrowly caught up to Biden’s lead in the Electoral College.

12:35 AM
Trump won the state of Florida in arguably the biggest and most important call of the night.

12:25 AM
In recent minutes, the Associated Press has called Hawaii and Minnesota for Biden; Trump has won Ohio, Montana and Iowa.

12:04 AM
ABC News has called Donald Trump as the winner of Ohio, repeating his 2016 victory in our bellwether state. More here.

For previous coverage of local, state and national races on Election Day, view Tuesday's live blog here.