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DMGS LIVE Thread: Election 2020 Updates

Check back with us here for the most up-to-date election coverage, courtesy the Duane Morris Government Strategies team!

Track the election results with our 2020 Election Guide & Results Tracker. Also, don’t forget you can find out when polls closed in each state here.


1:00 PM – November 14 Election 2020 Update & Re-Cap

Presidential Race Re-Cap

Every state has been called in the 2020 Presidential Election. Joe Biden won 306 Electoral Votes to Donald Trump’s 232.

President-elect Biden was able to flip numerous states won by President Trump in 2016: Pennsylvania (20 Electoral Votes), Michigan (16 Electoral Votes), Wisconsin (10 Electoral Votes), Arizona (11 Electoral Votes), and Georgia (16 Electoral Votes). Biden also picked up one vote in Nebraska. This amounts to 74 Electoral Votes that flipped from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020.

At the time of this writing, Biden leads the popular vote as well: 78.5 million votes (50.9%) to 73 million votes (47.3%).

U.S. Senate Races Re-Cap

All Senate races have been called. The GOP currently holds the balance of power with 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48 seats. However, both of Georgia’s Senate races advanced to a runoff in early January that will determine which party maintains control of the Senate. While the GOP flipped one Senate seat (Alabama), Democrats flipped two (Arizona and Colorado) to give them a +1 net gain in seats.

U.S. House of Representatives Re-Cap

Only 14 House seats have yet to be called. So far, the Democrats officially maintained their majority with 218 seats to the GOP’s 203 seats. Democrats flipped three House seats this year, but Republicans flipped 10 to give them a +7 net gain so far.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.


12:00 PM – November 11 Presidential, Senate, & House Update

U.S. Presidential Race Update

Alaska and its 3 Electoral Votes were called for Donald Trump, giving him 217 to Joe Biden’s 279 Electoral Votes.

U.S. Senate Update

Yesterday, Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to North Carolina incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis. This puts the GOP at 49 seats to the Democrats’ 48 seats. In Alaska, GOP incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan successfully fended off Democratic challenger Al Gross. The GOP now has 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48. Control of the Senate will run through Georgia and the 2 runoff elections for Senate in January.

U.S. House Update

In the House, Democrats will officially maintain their majority, having 218 confirmed seats. Democrats went into Election Day controlling 233 of the 435 House seats, so while they will maintain their majority heading into next session, the GOP appears poised to close the gap and decrease the Democratic majority. Republicans currently have 201 confirmed seats.

Democrats flipped three seats this election, although the GOP flipped 9 seats, giving Republicans a +6 net gain thus far. 16 seats remain to be called.


11:30 AM – November 8 Update

Presidential Race Update

Nevada and its 6 Electoral Votes were called for Joe Biden, giving him 279 total. The Trump campaign has not conceded and is pursuing legal options. It appears multiple recounts will happen, including in Georgia.

U.S. Senate & U.S. House Update

Senate races in North Carolina and Alaska have yet to be called. Georgia’s two Senate races are headed for a January runoff election. The runoff elections will determine which party controls the Senate. The current balance of power is 48-48 after Democrats flipped 2 states (Colorado and Arizona) and Republicans flipped 1 seat (Alabama).

24 U.S. House races have yet to be called. Democrats have 215 seats, 3 away from the 218 needed to maintain their majority. Republicans have 196 seats. While Democrats flipped 3 seats, the GOP has flipped 8, leaving Republicans with a +5 net gain.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.


12:30 PM – November 7 Presidential Race Update

The AP has called Pennsylvania and its 20 Electoral Votes for Joe Biden, putting him over the 270 threshold needed to win the election.

Biden released a statement recognizing the campaign is over and called for America to come together as a nation.

Trump released his own statement stating the election is “far from over.”



5:00 PM – November 6 Presidential and Federal Races Update

Presidential Election

No new states have been called. Here are the current margins:

  • Pennsylvania (20 Electoral Votes): Biden has overtaken Trump’s and now leads the President by 14.5k votes with 96% reporting.
  • Arizona (11 Electoral Votes): Biden’s lead over Trump has narrowed to 39k from 67k with 94% reporting.
  • Georgia (16 Electoral Votes): Trump had a lead of 12k votes last night, but Biden now has a narrow lead of about 4k votes with 98% reporting.
  • North Carolina (15 Electoral Votes): Trump still leads Biden by about 76k votes with 95% reporting.
  • Nevada (6 Electoral Votes): Biden has increased his lead over Trump from about 11k votes to 20k votes with 92% reporting.
  • Alaska (3 Electoral Votes): Trump still leads Biden by about 51k votes with 56% reporting.

U.S. Senate & U.S. House Update

Here is where the outstanding Senate races stand:

  • Alaska: incumbent GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan leads Democratic challenger Al Gross, 62.9% – 31.8% with 56% reporting.
  • North Carolina: incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis leads Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, 48.7% – 46.9% with 94% reporting.
  • Georgia: incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue leads Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, 49.8% – 47.9%. If neither candidate reaches 50%, the race will head to a runoff in January. The other Georgia Senate seat is already scheduled for a runoff.

Democrats flipped their third seat and now have 213 seats in the U.S. House, five short of the 218 needed to maintain their majority. Republicans flipped 8 seats for a +5 net gain. 28 seats remain up for grabs.


12:00 PM – November 6 Presidential and Federal Races Update

Presidential Election

While no new states have been called since our last update, the margins in battleground states have narrowed. 71 electoral votes remain up for grabs.

  • Pennsylvania (20 Electoral Votes): Biden has overtaken Trump’s and now leads the President by 8.8k votes with 95% reporting.
  • Arizona (11 Electoral Votes): Biden’s lead over Trump has narrowed to 43k from 67k with 93% reporting.
  • Georgia (16 Electoral Votes): Trump had a lead of 12k votes last night, but Biden now has a narrow lead of about 1.5k votes with 98% reporting.
  • North Carolina (15 Electoral Votes): Trump still leads Biden by about 76k votes with 95% reporting.
  • Nevada (6 Electoral Votes): Biden has increased his lead over Trump from about 11k votes to 22k votes with 91% reporting.
  • Alaska (3 Electoral Votes): Trump still leads Biden by about 51k votes with 56% reporting.

U.S. Senate & U.S. House Update

No new senate races have been called since our update last evening. However, House Republicans have had three more states called to bring their total to 193 to the Democrats 209.

33 seats remain up for grabs in the House. Heading into Election Day, Republicans had a 35 seat disadvantage.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.


5:00 PM – November 5 Presidential and Federal Races Update

Presidential Election

Here is where the battleground states currently stand in the presidential election:

  • Pennsylvania (20 Electoral Votes): Trump currently leads Biden 50.1% – 48.6% (difference of about 97k votes with 92% of estimated votes reported)
  • Arizona (11 Electoral Votes): Biden currently leads Trump 50.5% – 48.1% (difference of about 67k votes with 86% of estimated votes reported)
  • Georgia (16 Electoral Votes): Trump currently leads Biden 49.5% – 49.2% (difference of about 12k votes with 98% of estimated votes reported)
  • North Carolina (15 Electoral Votes): Trump currently leads Biden 50% – 48.6% (difference of about 76k votes with 95% of estimated votes reported)
  • Nevada (6 Electoral Votes): Biden currently leads Trump 49.4% – 48.5% (difference of about 11k votes with 89% of estimated votes reported)
  • Alaska (3 Electoral Votes): Trump currently leads Biden 62.9% – 33% (difference of about 52k votes with 56% of estimated votes reported)

The U.S. Senate Balance of Power

The balance of power in the Senate remains at 48 – 48. Republicans have flipped one seat (Alabama) while Democrats have flipped two (Arizona and Colorado). Specifically:

  • In North Carolina, incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis leads Democrat Cal Cunningham, 48.7% – 46.9% (difference of about 96k votes with 94% of estimated votes reported). In North Carolina, mail ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted until November 12.
  • In Georgia, incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue leads Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, 50% – 47.7% (difference of about 110k votes with 97% reporting).
  • Alaska has 56% of estimated votes reported and GOP incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan leads Democrat Al Gross, 62.9% – 31.8% (difference of about 54k votes).

The U.S. House Balance of Power

Democrats now have 209 confirmed seats, 9 away from maintaining their current majority. Republicans have 190 confirmed seats and have flipped 8 seats to the Democrats’ 2, leaving the GOP with a +6 net gain in the House.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.


12:00 PM – November 5 Presidential and Federal Races Update

No new states have been called in the presidential race since last evening when we last reported. 71 electoral votes remain up for grabs in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska.

In the U.S. Senate, Democrats appear to have secured a victory in Michigan, where incumbent Sen. Gary Peters has fought off a challenge from Republican John James. The balance of power now stands at 48-48. Alaska, North Carolina, and Georgia are all undecided at this point. Georgia GOP incumbent Sen. David Perdue needs to maintain a 50% vote total to avoid a runoff election.

More races in the U.S. House have been called since our update yesterday. Democrats are now at 208 seats, closing in on the 218 needed to maintain their majority. Republicans are now at 190 seats, having flipped 8 seats to the Democrats 2. Republicans thus have a +6 net gain in House seats. 37 seats remain up for grabs.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.


4:45 PM – November 4 Presidential and Federal Races Update

Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes were called for Joe Biden in recent hours, but the Trump campaign signaled it will request a recount. Some outlets have called Arizona and its 11 electoral votes for Biden, but others have not done so. Without calling Arizona, the current electoral split shows Biden with a 237-214 lead. 87 electoral votes remain up for grabs.

Since our last update, Maine GOP incumbent Sen. Susan Collins has won re-election, putting Republicans at 48 seats in the Senate to the Democrats’ 47 seats. Senate races in North Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, and Alaska are too close to call.

In the U.S. House, Democrats have 204 seats to 188 GOP seats. Democrats appear to have an easy path to the 218 seats needed to maintain their majority, but the GOP could make additional gains beyond their current +5 net gain. 43 seats remain up for grabs.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.

12:30 PM – November 4 Federal Races Update

At this time, Democrats have flipped two seats in the U.S. House. However, Republicans have flipped seven seats for a +5 net gain. 195 races have been called for Democrats, while 185 have been called for Republicans. This leaves 55 seats up for grabs. Each party needs 218 seats in the House to achieve a majority.

In the U.S. Senate, 47 races have been called for Democrats, and 47 for Republicans. This leaves 6 remaining seats waiting to officially be called. So far, Republicans have flipped one seat: Alabama. Meanwhile, Democrats have flipped two seats: Colorado and Arizona. At this time, Senate races in North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, Alaska, and Michigan have yet to be called. Further, in Georgia’s Special Election, GOP incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock both advanced to a runoff election.

Our Election Guide & Results Tracker has been updated to reflect these changes.

8:00 AM – November 4 Gubernatorial Elections Update

This year, gubernatorial elections were held in 11 states. At this point, all 11 races have been called. One governorship did flip this election. Democratic Governor Steve Bullock ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against Republican Steve Daines, opening up an opportunity for Republicans to take control of the governor’s office. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, has beaten democratic Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney.

Republican Governor Gary Herbert of Utah did not seek re-election, but Republican Spencer Cox will succeed Herbert as governor.

Incumbent Democratic governors John Carney (Delaware), Roy Cooper (North Carolina) and Jay Inslee (Washington) were all re-elected. Incumbent Republican governors Eric Holcomb (Indiana), Mike Parson (Missouri), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Doug Burgum (North Dakota), Phil Scott (Vermont) and Jim Justice (West Virginia) all won re-election.

StateRepublicanDemocraticWinner
DelawareMurrayCarneyCarney
IndianaHolcombMyersHolcomb
MissouriParsonGallowayParson
MontanaGianforteCooneyGianforte
New HampshireSununuFeltesSununu
North CarolinaForestCooperCooper
North DakotaBurgumLenzBurgum
UtahCoxPetersonCox
VermontScottZuckermanScott
WashingtonCulpInsleeInslee
West VirginiaJusticeSalangoJustice

1:06 A.M. – Too Close To Call Update

At this point, it is too close to call key battleground races for the presidency. This includes Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, & Nevada. Some networks have called Arizona for Joe Biden, while others think it may be too early to call.

11:49 P.M. – Election Night Update

At the time of this writing, Biden leads Trump in the Electoral College, 209-118.

Gubernatorial races have all been called with the exception of Montana. The incumbent or the incumbent’s party has won in each state so far.

Three battleground Senate races have been called, including two seats that have flipped. Democrat John Hickenlooper has ousted Colorado’s Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. Meanwhile, Republican Tommy Tuberville has unseated Alabama’s incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones. GOP incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham has won re-election in South Carolina.

Most battleground U.S. House races included in our tracker have not been called yet.

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