US presidential elections: the main data

The United States elects a president, a third of the upper house of parliament and the entire lower house. Counting in several key states dragged on, and Trump’s team began to challenge the results. Here are all the major news on the issue.

US presidential elections: the main data

The outcome of the presidential race is still uncertain. Counting has not been completed in a number of states, where the outcome of the campaign still does not guarantee victory for either candidate.

  • Joe Biden took over the lead in Michigan and Wisconsin. The situation remains controversial in four states:
  • Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia. Arizona is also in doubt, where the count is also incomplete, and the gap between candidates is narrowing.
  • Until now, all the ballots that voters sent by mail have not been taken into account. The Alaska Election Commission said they would count them within a week, while Pennsylvania warned that the count could drag on until Friday. In Nevada, the counting was stopped altogether, having announced that they would resume it a day later.
  • Trump’s headquarters have filed a lawsuit to stop the counting of votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The president’s team claims that his representatives were not allowed to observe the counting at some sites in the faltering states. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani flew to Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia, to report massive violations.
  • The incumbent’s headquarters is preparing to challenge the results in Wisconsin, and a Republican lawsuit has been posted on the State Supreme Court’s website over the mail-in vote.
  • CNN also announced the intention of Trump’s representatives to file lawsuits in the courts of Arizona and Nevada. In the event of a loss, they also allowed a recount in Georgia, where the gap between candidates narrowed to 0.5%.
  • In two counties in Arizona, Trump supporters went to local electoral offices, demanding to “return the stolen votes” and allow people to observe the counting, NBC reported.
  • Trump spokeswoman Kaylee McKinani said in an interview with Fox News that the incumbent’s headquarters expects to receive 270 electoral votes through victories in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, where the count is still pending. At the same time, she questioned the fairness of the calculations in cities controlled by Democrats and recalled that in 2012, in some areas of Philadelphia, Republicans received 0% as a result of elections. According to her, the filed suit is connected with this.
  • According to the Detroit Free Press, an investigation has already begun in Antrim County in Michigan, where Trump initially led but then lost. The voting results there were temporarily canceled.
  • Donald Trump tweeted about a “very strange” change of leader in states ruled by Democrats.

  • In terms of the total number of votes cast for each of the candidates, Biden is in the lead. He won the support of 72.1 million voters (50.4%), Trump – 68.64 million (48%). In total, about 160 million people (66% of voters) took part in the elections.

The alignment of forces

  • Biden is still leading in 23 states: Wisconsin, Nevada, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and the Metropolitan District of Columbia, Michigan.
  • Donald Trump is leading in 27 states: Iowa, Alaska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Okaslah Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Idaho.
  • If the alignment on the number of votes does not change in states where the votes have not been fully counted, Biden wins, he preliminarily leads in two states where the outcome of the vote is not yet clear – Arizona (11 votes), Nevada (6 electors). If successful in these states, he will receive 270 electors (the minimum number required).
  • Donald Trump potentially wins 3 votes from Alaska, 16 from Georgia, 20 from Pennsylvania, 15 from North Carolina. If he wins in these states alone, he will receive only 268 electoral votes.
  • In terms of the total number of votes cast for each of the candidates, Biden is in the lead. He won the support of 72 million voters (50.4%), Trump – 68.5 million (48%).
  • According to the results of the by-elections to the Congress, the following picture emerges: the votes are still counted, but the Democrats are still leading in the elections to the House of Representatives, and the parties are on a par in the elections to the Senate.
  • Fox News data: Senate – 48:48 (total of 100 senators, in the previous composition, the Republican Party had a majority (53); House of Representatives – 204 Democrats, 190 Republicans (a total of 435 Congressmen in the House of Representatives, the majority (232) were Democrats).

How the results are calculated

Preliminary results of the US presidential election

November 5th, 10:00 AM UTC
According to polls and current vote count. 
States led by Donald Trump
States led by Joe Biden
States where the gap between candidates is less than 15% when counting less than 90% of the vote, and states where the gap is less than 5% when counting more than 90%

US presidential elections: the main data

  • The main fight takes place in seven states: North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin.
  • In North Carolina, as of 7:00 Moscow time, 94% of the votes were counted, in Georgia – 98%, in Pennsylvania – 89%, in Michigan – 99%, in Wisconsin – 99%.
  • In Wisconsin, Trump was in the lead for a long time, but after counting 97% of the votes, Biden came out ahead. He has 49.6%, while the incumbent president has 48.9%. The state electoral commission announced that the vote count was over, but the results were not announced.
  • In Michigan, Biden began to sharply close the gap with Trump and pulled ahead (with a 4% lag) following the emergence of results from major cities. In Detroit, the Democratic nominee was supported by about 93%, according to New York Times correspondent Katie Gray. After counting 99% of the votes, Trump has 48%, Biden has 50.5%. The Michigan authorities expect to complete the vote count in the elections by the end of November 4 day.
  • In Pennsylvania, Trump’s advantage was 12% on the morning of November 4. However, 1.4 million ballots sent by mail remained unaccounted for. By 7:00 Moscow time on November 5, the gap narrowed to 2.5% (50.7% for Trump, 48.1% for Biden.
  • In Nevada, after counting 85% of the vote, Biden has 49.5%, Trump has 48.5%.
  • In North Carolina and Georgia, Trump’s marginal lead remains. In North Carolina, counting has not actually been done since the morning of November 4. In Georgia, there are about 90 thousand votes left to count (despite the fact that Trump is still in the lead with an advantage of 30 thousand).
  • In Ohio, which was one of the faltering states, Fox News gives the victory to Trump. After counting 94% of the votes, the incumbent president has 53.4%, Biden has 45.2%. In Iowa, after counting 93% of the vote, Trump has 52.9%, Biden has 45.4%. In Texas, after counting 84% of the vote, Trump has 52.2%, Biden has 46.4%.
  • In Arizona, where Trump won four years ago, Biden took the lead (50.5% of support versus Trump’s 48.1% after counting 86% of the vote). At the same time, the advantage of the candidate from the Democratic Party was constantly decreasing in the course of counting. This happened, among other things, at the expense of one district, where at first the former vice president was in the lead and then began to lose.
  • In Florida, after counting 98% of the vote, Trump is in the lead. He has 51.3%, Biden has 47.8%.
  • Biden predictably leads California with 55 electors. In this traditionally Democratic state, he was supported by more than 65% of voters (after counting 12% of the vote). In the US capital, Washington, according to the results of counting more than 50% of the votes, Biden is expected to lead. The advantage is colossal – 92% versus 5.9%. In the state of New York, Biden was supported by 55.1%, Trump – by 43.6%.
  • The third place in a number of states was won by the candidate of the Libertarian Party, Joe Jorgensen, gaining 1–2%.
  • According to the results of the by-elections to the Congress, the following picture emerges: the votes are still counted, but the Democrats are still leading in the elections to the House of Representatives, and the parties are on a par in the elections to the Senate.
  • Fox News data: Senate – 48:48 (total of 100 senators, in the previous composition, the Republican Party had a majority (53); House of Representatives – 204 Democrats, 190 Republicans (a total of 435 Congressmen in the House of Representatives, the majority (232) were Democrats).