The presidential race remained too close to call early Saturday morning. Former Vice President Joe Biden took the lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania Friday, bringing Biden very close to winning the White House. Meanwhile, as his path to victory narrowed, President Trump doubled down on his vow to bring swift legal challenges intended to stop votes from being counted, claiming — without evidence —widespread fraud. The Trump campaign said they remain confident the president will be re-elected.
Latest updates from today:
8:25 a.m. CNN, AP call race for Biden: CNN and the Associated Press have called the presidential race for Joe Biden on Saturday morning, denying President Trump a second term. Sen. Kamala Harris is the nation’s first woman elected to the vice presidency.
8:22 a.m. Prop. 22 has passed. Here’s what it means for California’s gig-economy: Gig workers for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates in the state will remain independent contractors, rather than reclassified as employees under AB5, the state’s gig-work law. For the average Californian, the biggest impact may be what goes away: TV shows will no longer be studded with a barrage of Prop. 22 commercials and mailboxes will no longer be stuffed full of glossy flyers, now that the gig companies have finished spending their record $205.7 million to pass the measure. The Chronicle’s Carolyn Said broke down the impact of the historically expensive ballot measure.
8:18 a.m. Arizona results boost Trump, but it’s not enough to make an impact: President Trump won the latest batch of votes Maricopa County, enough to put only a small dent in Democrat Joe Biden’s lead. But it was not enough to overtake Biden, who is winning the state 49.5% to Trump’s 48.9%. More results are expected at 7 p.m. Saturday, but the next batch is likely to be much smaller, election officials said.
8:08 a.m. Biden keeps lead with Phoenix tallies: Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona fell slightly to 20,573 votes with the latest batch of results from Maricopa County, likely to be the last big release from the battleground county.
8:05 a.m. Early voting begins in high-stakes Georgia run-offs: The next president is likely to inherit a Republican-led Senate, unless Democrats triumph in Georgia’s run-off elections in January. Early voting for the January 5 Senate races begins on Monday. Democrats would need to win both races to take control of the Senate. The Washington Post took a look at Democrats’ chances.
7:57 a.m. Signs of Biden stability in Arizona: A new batch of votes from Arizona grew Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump to just shy of 28,000 votes Saturday morning. Biden’s lead in the state dwindled slightly overnight. More results from Arizona are expected within the hour.
7:48 a.m. Updated Arizona numbers coming soon: Results from the majority of remaining Maricopa County, Arizona ballots are expected to be announced around 8 a.m., ABC News reported. The county had just under 100,000 untallied ballots as of Friday evening, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN, approximately half of the total number of untallied ballots statewide.
7:34 a.m. Arizona official addresses baseless accusations of voter fraud: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs fired back at critics crying voter fraud Saturday, tweeting, “If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s on you, but don’t show up when you don’t like the result & scream fraud w/no evidence.” Hobbs previously took to Twitter to denounce the bogus so-called “sharpiegate” rumors, saying ballot scanners in Arizona read all types of pens and markers.
7:18 a.m. More coronavirus cases in Trump’s orbit: Seven people tied to the White House or Trump’s re-election campaign now have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. In addition to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, one campaign official and five White House staffers have also tested positive, the New York Times reported.
6:53 a.m. Nevada faces pressure — and Internet jokes — for its slow count: Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) faced mounting attention and pressure Saturday to wrap up its vote count, which has proceeded below capacity for several days. Election officials there have defended their slow and steady approach when asked why they have chosen to process 50,000 ballots a day when the county has the capacity to process 71,000 ballots a day. The state got the meme treatment online, with some commenters comparing Nevada’s snail-paced count to that of a solitaire-playing office slacker or the sloth from Zootopia.
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6:39 a.m. Arizona, Nevada updates expected at 9 o’clock: Democrat Joe Biden held onto his Georgia lead and looked poised to expand his margin in Pennsylvania as tallies continued to trickle in Saturday morning. Arizona and Nevada are expected to release new batches of results around 9 a.m., when Biden could clinch his definitive leads in those states.
6:38 a.m. More Trump tweets flagged as misinformation: Twitter slapped warning lables on four tweets the president sent out in the span of an hour Saturday morning. As the site has done with other tweets spreading potentially misleading information about the election, users were prompted with the warning before they could see the tweets, if they chose to. Several of President Trump’s tweets and retweets have been flagged as potentially misleading.
6:23 a.m. Slow count in North Carolina, but will it matter?: Like several other states, North Carolina hasn’t yet been called for either candidate. But unlike those states, North Carolina has stayed out of the spotlight and isn’t releasing new tallies on a daily basis. That’s because the state allows an unusually long time to receive and process postmarked ballots, Politico reported. North Carolina had about 32,000 uncounted ballots as of Friday and that tally is expected to rise as the state will keeps accepting ballots until next Thursday. Trump leads the state with 76,515 votes, with 98% of votes reported.
6:13 a.m. In Philadelphia, about 38,000 ballots left to count: There are about 38,000 uncounted ballots that still need to be tallied in Philadelphia, Omar Sabir, a Philadelphia county commissioner, told CNN Saturday morning. About 20,000 of those are so-called “problem child” ballots — ballots with any number of clerical issues that need additional scrutiny before they can be counted. The remaining 18,000 are provisional ballots. Sabir could not provide a time for when Philadelphia would release a new batch of results.
5:51 a.m. Pandemic hits milestone post-election: The U.S. set another record Friday, and it wasn’t related to voter turnout: the nation has topped 100,000 new coronavirus cases every day since Tuesday’s election. Texas became the first state to reach 1 million confirmed infections. Democrat Joe Biden addressed the spike in his Friday address, vowing to get the “skyrocketing” case load under control.
5:43 a.m. Thousands in Arizona voted, but left ‘president’ line blank: The margin separating the two presidential candidates in Arizona is less than the number of people who left their ballots blank on the presidential line, the Arizona Republic reported. Nearly 32,000 Arizona voters declined to choose between Democrat Joe Biden and President Trump, while just 29,861 votes separated the candidates as of Saturday morning.
5:11 a.m. Pennsylvania resumes ballot counting as Biden holds lead: Poll workers in Pennsylvania resumed ballot counting Saturday morning after pausing overnight. Democrat Joe Biden leads with 28,833 votes. About 90,000 mail-in ballots and 100,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted, many in the state’s two largest jurisdictions of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) began counting a batch of 29,000 mail-in ballots whose processing was delayed due to a printing error.
4:54 a.m. Georgia wrapping up count, but trove of military ballots remain: Democrat Joe Biden’s Georgia lead remained at 7,248 votes Saturday morning as Atlanta and its suburbs wrapped up their mail-in ballot tallies. Atlanta-area Gwinnett County finished counting Friday afternoon. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has confirmed that the state is headed for a recount, but that process cannot begin until the initial results are certified. Georgia has about 22,000 military, overseas and provisional ballots left to be counted, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
4:43 a.m. Biden leads popular vote handily: It’s a moot point due to the Electoral College but Democrat Joe Biden leads the popular vote by more than 4.1 million votes as of Saturday morning. More than 144 million people cast votes in the 2020 election.
4:33 a.m. No surprises — so far— Saturday: For the past two nights, the Bay Area has woken up to color changes on the electoral map: Wisconsin and Michigan went blue and were called for Joe Biden overnight Wednesday. Biden also took leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania, though those state have yet to be called. Biden’s lead in Arizona has slipped slighted, but otherwise Saturday dawned the same way Friday ended, with no new shifts or surprises in a presidential race that looked all but over. All eyes are on the major networks to see when they will call the election.
3:05 a.m. ‘Count the Vote’ rally in San Francisco today: Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Harry Bridges Plaza, along the Embarcadero, on Saturday to demand that all votes be counted in the presidential election. Labor unions and other progressive groups are organizing the rally. “Counting every vote is the bedrock of democratic participation, and we are joining together today to demand that this bedrock be honored in every election,” said Rudy Gonzalez, executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council. The event starts at noon, and attendees are directed to wear masks and socially distance.
2:24 a.m. Georgia poll worker in hiding after online threats: Election officials in Fulton County (Atlanta) said a poll worker “is currently in hiding” after he received threats over a video on Twitter that falsely accused him of throwing away a ballot. Rick Barron, the county’s elections director, said a review showed the worker was merely discarding voting instructions. Barron said the worker has been targeted after his personal information was posted online. “That has now resulted in someone having to leave his house and go stay with friends,” Barron said. “He’s afraid to drive his car because the information about his car and his license plate is out there.”
2:10 a.m. Anti-Biden protesters harass Telemundo reporter in Arizona: Disturbing, profanity laced videos that went viral show at least two Trump supporters harassing a Telemundo news crew during a live shot outside a vote center in Phoenix. The protesters, one carrying a Trump flag, shouted false allegations about Democrat Joe Biden and screamed obscenities as a security guard attempted to keep them away from the reporters. Hundreds of protesters, some armed with assault rifles, continued to gather outside a Maricopa County elections office where votes were being tabulated in the crucial battleground state.
1:49 a.m. Graham says Biden ‘deserves a cabinet,’ if elected: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wasn’t ready to concede that President Trump was on track to lose the election Friday. However, Graham has apparently mentally prepared to let the Senate’s duty proceed if Democrat Joe Biden should win. The Hill reported that Graham told reporters on a Zoom call that he would not create obstacles to Senate confirmation of a hypothetical Biden Cabinet. “When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that. The vice president deserves a Cabinet. I will give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of State, attorney general,” he said.
1:39 a.m. ‘Who’s the banana republic now?’: Jaws dropped in unison around the world as the president of the United States, his reelection fortunes flagging, demanded that vote counting be halted and baselessly alleged fraud and election rigging, the Associated Press reports. Especially in countries that Washington has long advised on running elections, many wondered if this really could be coming from the leader of what’s considered one of the world’s most emblematic democracies. The irony of seeing President Trump cut off by major TV networks as he baselessly attacked the election system was not lost: The U.S. has long been a vocal critic of strongman tactics around the world. “Who’s the banana republic now?” Colombian daily newspaper Publimetro chided on the front page.
1:04 a.m. Evangelicals stick by Trump: The conservative evangelical Christians who helped send Donald Trump to the White House four years ago stuck with him in 2020. White evangelical voters made up 23% of the vote nationwide and overwhelmingly favored Trump this fall, with about 8 in 10 backing him, according to the AP VoteCast nationwide survey. Among Catholic voters, 50% backed Trump and 49% favored Biden.
12:30 a.m. Biden’s lead has tripled in Georgia, in still-skintight race: The presidential race remains closely divided in Georgia. That said, Democrat Joe Biden has more than tripled his lead in the last 24 hours. Biden led President Trump by 7,248 votes in the wee hours of Saturday morning, according to CNN and NBC. That’s out of nearly 5 million ballots tabulated. More than 98% of the state’s estimated vote has been counted, and a recount is expected given the narrow margin.
12:29 a.m. What’s up with Alaska?: President Trump leads Joe Biden in Alaska and is expected to carry the state and its 3 electoral votes. But the state could be the last to be called because counting of mail ballots and early in-person ballots cast after Oct. 29 — that’s at least 40% of the total, Alaska Public Media says — won’t start until at least Tuesday. State officials said the wait stems from Alaska’s huge size and complicated logistics: It has polling places in dozens of villages with no road access. And theyconducxt a time-consuming process of logging election day voters’ names and cross-referencing with absentee ballots to make sure no one’s votes are counted twice.
12:10 a.m. Georgia holds key to Senate control: Two U.S. Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called by the early hours of Saturday. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, which would leave them holding 50 seats in the Senate, to the Democrats’ 48. That means that the outcome of runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats, will determine which party controls the chamber. Incumbent Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both failed to achieve the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff on Jan. 5, as did their challengers.
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 6:
11:15 p.m. Biden’s lead grows by a hair in Georgia: Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Georgia continued to grow Friday night, albeit incrementally. Biden added 306 votes to his tally over President Trump. The former vice president was ahead by 4,430 votes overall. Biden’s advantage more than doubled Friday, but the slim margin was still on track for a recount. Georgia counties were expected to continue reporting results overnight, as more military, overseas and provisional ballots were counted.
11:11 p.m. New topic while count drags on: Will he or won’t he? Apparently some in Trumpworld already are speculating on whether the president would attend an inauguration for Democrat Joe Biden should the count continue in Biden’s favor to victory. According to Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly Trump’s White House communications chief, people around Trump believe he would defy the norms, as is his habit, and stay away. Scaramucci said on CNN however that he takes a contrary view and believes Trump would show up, as is tradition no matter how bitter the campaign.
10:50 p.m. There are good reasons why the count drags on: The slow pace of this year’s U.S. election count is fueling a lot of criticism, but it’s mostly a reflection of laudable things: greater voter enthusiasm and steps that states took to protect their residents from COVID-19, the Associated Press reports. Some 15 million more voters voted than in the 2016 election, meaning more ballots to count. Steps to make it easier to vote by mail, and therefore safer, resulted in avalanches of mail-in ballots, and extended deadlines in some states for when ballots could be received.
10:29 p.m. More infections reported in Trump’s circle: In addition to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ infection, news agencies report that four other White House officials have tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest batch among numerous people ensnared in White House outbreaks, including the president and first lady. Sources told Bloomberg News that one was Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’ closest aides. A senior Trump campaign aide, Nick Trainer, also was infected, according to Bloomberg and the New York Times. The cases raised the inevitable irony of President Trump’s repeated claim, against all evidence, that the nation is “rounding the turn” on the virus.
10:10 p.m. Pennsylvania done counting tonight, Biden builds margin: Elections officials in Pennsylvania’s two largest jurisdictions — Philadelphia County and Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) — paused counting until Saturday morning, The New York Times reports. Democrat Joe Biden significantly expanded his lead Friday, maintaining a winning trajectory as most of the outstanding ballots were in Democratic bastions of Philadephia and Allegheny County. He was ahead of President Trump by 28,178 votes, with 96% of the expected vote tabulated. Nearly 90,000 mail-in ballots awaited tabulation, more than half of them in Philadelphia and Allegheny where Biden was winning decisively.
9:45 p.m. Turns out virus was not top of mind for most: Although the Democratic campaign strategy focused heavily on damning President Trump over his handling of the pandemic, exit polls showed more voters saying the economy was most important to their vote (35%) than those who said the coronavirus was (17%), the Hill reports. The poll by Edison Research showd a sharp partisan split. Those who said the coronavirus mattered most to their vote went for Biden 82% to Trump’s 14%. Voters saying the economy mattered most went for Trump 82% to Biden’s 17%.
9:30 p.m. Amid election drama, pandemic keeps hitting records: Overshadowed by the still unfolding presidential election and the drama of a president who appears unwilling to accept its outcome, the coronavirus that has consumed 2020 marches on. On a national level, the numbers are hitting new records daily, including Friday’s report of an all-time single-day high of more than 121,000 new cases. In the Bay Area infections are growing at a gradual but pronounced uptick that began in mid-October. The presidential campaign was noteworthy for President Trump’s continued efforts to downplay the pandemic and the Democrats’ emphasis on high-alert warnings from public health leaders and infectious disease experts. Read more details here.
9:16 p.m. Another Trump lawsuit tossed: Republican attempts to delay election results continue to run into judicial walls. A federal judge in Nevada on Friday dismissed a lawsuit from President Trump’s allies that alleged the state improperly used a machine to match mail-in ballot signatures with those on voter files. Politico reports that U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Gordon, appearing deeply skeptical of the complaint, said, “There’s little to no evidence that the machine is not doing what it is supposed to do.” Gordon dismissed the case — one of numerous lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and Republicans to be thrown out in recent days.
8:55 p.m. Trump’s chief of staff has coronavirus, reports say: As Democrat Joe Biden vowed in his Friday night speech to prioritize fighting the pandemic, news broke that President Trump’s top aide reportedly is infected. Chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg and CNN reported. Meadows was in the East Room of the White House on election night, when Trump spoke to supporters, the Washington Post reported. Biden stressed Friday that the virus death toll is approaching 240,000 Americans. “We’ll never be able to measure all that pain and the loss,” Biden said. “On Day 1, we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action.”
8:38 p.m. A generational touchstone fades: There has been a member of the storied Kennedy family in Congress nearly continuously since John F. Kennedy was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1946. But 2021 will be a rare exception. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass, ran unsuccessfully for the Senate this year, losing his September primary; and Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s son Patrick, lost her bid for a House seat in New Jersey, according to the Associated Press’ call on Friday. She was defeated by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat-turned Republican.
8:27 p.m. Bay Area waits with the world: Across the Bay Area, Joe Biden supporters waited Friday for an election result that seemed achingly, tantalizingly close while the ending still remained elusive. President Trump’s smaller but still vocal band of backers in the region wasn’t ready to give up the fight, though. Read more about the Bay Area post-election scene.
8:12 p.m. Biden says ‘partisan warfare’ must end: Joe Biden ended his brief remarks Friday night with a conciliatory message. “We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies, we’re Americans,” he said. “We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare.” Biden also stressed that he’s on target to win the popular vote by a clear majority of more than 4 million votes, with his total now above 74 million votes, more than any presidential contender in U.S. history. He predicted he will be the first Democrat to win states like Arizona and Georgia in decades. He urged Americans to be patient as “all the votes” are counted, and said his administration is preparing to confront the coronavirus pandemic “on Day 1.”
7:56 p.m. Biden says numbers are ‘clear and convincing’: Joe Biden in an appearance in Delaware on Friday night stopped short of declaring victory although he is leading in his presidential race, but he said “The numbers tell a clear and convincing story. We’re going to win this race.”
7:40 p.m. Cindy McCain says late husband would ‘be very proud’ of endorsement: Cindy McCain told ABC news Friday that her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, would be pleased with her endorsement of Democrat Joe Biden. “I think my husband would be very proud of me,” she said. “I know John would want what’s best for our country, and what’s best for our country right now is not our party.” Some pundits speculated that her endorsement and TV commercials toward the latter part of the campaign may have been pivotal in building Biden’s lead in Arizona, particularly among moderate Republicans. Sen. McCain and Trump were famously not mutual fans, and Trump stunningly suggested in 2015 that McCain was not a military hero since he was captured in Vietnam and spent years as a POW. Trump was not invited to the senator’s funeral in 2018. McCain and Joe Biden, though differing on issues, were good personal friends.
7:21 p.m. U.S. Senate race in Georgia heads to runoff: Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue’s Senate seat, after neither was able to clear the 50% threshold needed for an outright win. Counting of thousands of absentee ballots and in-person votes cast early forced a long and tense wait before the race could be called.
7:18 p.m. Biden picks up 5,425 votes in Pennsylvania: Democrat Joe Biden gained steam in Pennsylvania Friday night, expanding his lead to 25,588 votes. Biden’s lead grew after he made a net gain of 5,425 votes in Allegheny. County, which includes the Pittsburgh metro area. While Republicans dwelt Friday on unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in Philadelphia, Biden has run the margins in other areas, too. Gains in Allegheny speak to Biden’s strong showing in some suburban areas and blue-collar towns. Biden has outperformed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign in those areas when President Trump carried the state. Biden was on track Friday to carry more than 59% of the vote in Allegheny County; Clinton received less than 56% of the vote there. That expanded margin, replicated across several counties, has boosted Biden’s fortunes statewide.
7:10 p.m. Biden team moves on transition planning: Even as Joe Biden refrained from declaring victory — despite his leads in states that could hand him the presidency — his advisers accelerated their transition planning on Friday, the New York Times reports. The Biden team ramped up conversations about who might be named to fill critical positions, indicating Biden is mapping out a quick start in office as the nation faces a worsening pandemic and a damaged economy. Biden advisers told the Times that officials in the Trump administration so far have worked with them in good faith, which they hope and expect will continue.
6:56 p.m. California voters nearly 2-1 for Biden so far: California’s vote tabulations as of Friday showed Democrat Joe Biden with an advantage of 65%-33% over President Trump, with nearly 4 million ballots yet to be counted, according to the secretary of state’s unofficial results.
6:40 p.m. Biden unlikely to declare victory yet: Democrat Joe Biden was expected to speak publicly Friday night, but he was unlikely to declare victory over President Trump, according to multiple media reports. Results that were still too close to call in a few crucial states quelled earlier speculation of a Biden declaration. Supporters gathered in downtown Wilmington, Del., late Friday night for Biden’s remarks. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons told reporters that Pennsylvania, which was on track to deliver Biden the presidency, likely wouldn’t be called until Saturday. “I think the folks around (Biden) are staying calm and being appropriate respecting voters and respecting the process,” Coons told reporters.
6:25 p.m. Biden builds Pennsylvania firewall: If it all comes down to Pennsylvania, Democrat Joe Biden’s trajectory was on target Friday night. Biden expanded his lead to at least 20,163 votes in unofficial returns. President Trump led by hundreds of thousands of votes on election night, but his advantage eroded as blue and red counties tabulated mail-in ballots, which skew heavily Democratic, and as ballots came in from heavily Democratic urban areas.
6:16 p.m. Trump gains in Arizona, but is it enough?: President Trump has narrowed Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona to 29,861 votes. New tallies out of Maricopa County, the state’s most populous metro area, shrunk Biden’s advantage Friday night. But Trump’s gains could well be insufficient to overtake Biden; about 97% of the vote has been counted statewide. Among more than 100,000 ballots left to count are some 47,000 provisional ballots that cannot be tabulated until Tuesday, and some of those are expected to be rejected, said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
5:55 p.m. Gender gap persists but apparently not as cavernous as anticipated: Pre-election polls suggesting that 2020 would bring the largest gender gap of any presidential election since women won the right to vote were not born out, the Washington Post reports. A national Washington Post-ABC News poll before the election had showed Joe Biden leading President Trump by 23 points among female likely voters. But preliminary exit polling data shows Biden’s lead among women appeared similar to the margin won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 — she won women by 13 points — and before that by President Barack Obama’s 11-point gender gap. Some early exit polling even suggests a slightly smaller gender gap than 2016, driven by men shifting toward Biden.
5:47 p.m. Supreme Court justice orders Pennsylvania to segregate late mail-in ballots: Justice Samuel Alito has temporarily ordered Pennsylvania to segregate mail-in ballots received after election day — something the state was already doing. The ruling comes after President Trump falsely suggested that counting ballots postmarked on election day but received after the polls closed is illegal. Last week, the Supreme Court refused to rule on a lawsuit Republicans brought seeking to overturn a state court decision that allowed tabulation of mail ballots that arrived by Friday. However, the debate could ultimately be moot. Biden leads Trump by roughly 20,400 votes in the state, and late mail ballots are excluded in the announced totals, The New York Times reports.
5:38 p.m. Time for some meme levity: As the election trend continued taking shape via days of counting — and a conclusion seemed on the horizon — a proliferation of memes took a lighthearted stab and the news that was still causing all kinds of anxiety. Check out some popular memes here.
5:14 p.m. Nevada done counting until Saturday: Nevada did not plan to release another batch of ballot counts until around 9 a.m. Saturday, the Nevada Independent reported Friday afternoon. Democrat Joe Biden still led President Trump by 22,657 votes. Nevada’s slower pace of counting ballots has been a national source of comedic relief, spawning numerous social media memes and parodies.
4:59 p.m. Lawmaker says special counsel investigating Trump campaign use of White House: The U.S. Special Counsel is investigating whether the Trump campaign violated federal law by using the White House and another nearby federal building as an election night “war room,” according to New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. Pascrell, a Democrat, said the activity could violate the Hatch Act prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activities while still at their government jobs when he asked the special counsel to investigate. This isn’t the first time Trump has used the White House for campaign events. He gave a campaign-style speech at the White House in October and delivered his Republican convention speech from the lawn.
4:29 p.m. Trump hasn’t written concession speech: President Trump had not written a potential concession speech Friday, even though his path to reelection grew more improbable, CNN reported. Instead, Trump doubled down on false claims that elections officials in multiple states had rigged the outcome. Trump hadn’t scheduled a public appearance on Friday. In conversations with allies in recent days has said he has no intention of conceding the election, people familiar with the matter said, according to CNN.
4:22 p.m. Popular vote not even close: With many ballots still to be counted in heavily Democratic cities, Joe Biden was leading President Donald Trump on Friday by more than 4.1 million votes. The margin, despite Americans’ intense ideological divisions and the still pending electoral vote, left no question that — for the fourth presidential election in a row, and the seventh of the past eight — more people had chosen a Democrat than a Republican, the New York Times reports. Only once in the past 30 years have more Americans voted for a Republican: in 2004, when President George W. Bush beat John Kerry by about 3 million votes.
4:15 p.m. Biden widens Pennsylvania lead: The math kept getting tougher Friday for President Trump in the race for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. With new results expected late Friday afternoon, Biden led by at least 16,104 after gaining mail-in ballots from Democratic strongholds, as well as some red-leaning counties. His gains in red counties reflected the propensity of Democrats, in every county, to vote by mail.
4:02 p.m. Bogus Sharpie story persists: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN on Friday afternoon that she still is having to knock down fake rumors that the use of felt markers, provided to voters in Maricopa County, invalidated ballots. “No ballots were rejected because of the Sharpies,” she said, noting that they were distributed throughout the county. She called the questions a “baseless conspiracy theory.”
3:47 p.m. Newsom says John Lewis ‘smiling down’: Gov. Gavin Newsom joined a chorus of leaders paying tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon and ardent foe of President Trump, after returns from his longtime Georgia district nudged Democrat Joe Biden ahead of Trump. “Smiling down on us all,” Newsom tweeted Friday. Biden led Trump by a razor-thin margin of 4,124 votes in Georgia.
3:42 p.m. Trump falling short in Arizona gains: As more ballots trickled in from Arizona counties, President Trump made minor gains on Democrat Joe Biden. But Trump hadn’t picked up votes at the rate likely needed to overtake Biden, who led by 39,070 votes statewide Friday afternoon. Trump would need to win at least 57% of the remaining vote to overtake Biden and win the state’s 11 electoral votes, The Arizona Republic reported.
3:36 p.m. Some still believe bogus claims of election stealing: A number of internet sleuths this week have widely disseminated what they falsely claimed was evidence showing Democrats were trying to steal the election — like that votes were cast in the names of dead Michiganders. In virtually every case so far, mainstream journalists have found the claims to be false or the product of typical errors in the election process, the New York Times reports. Yet many people have not heard the truth behind the claims they are sharing — or, if they have, have dismissed it. President Trump’s years of attacks on the media have caused many to distrust journalists.
3:23 p.m. Biden widens Nevada lead: Ongoing counts in Nevada, including in Democratic stronghold Clark County, had Joe Biden with a 22,657 lead over President Trump on Friday afternoon. Biden was garnering close to 50% of the vote, to 48% for Trump, the secretary of state’s website showed.
3:06 p.m. Don’t forget North Carolina: North Carolina election officials said Friday that about 31,000 eligible mail ballots have arrived since Election Day. Just 4,300 ballots were being considered by county election officials on Friday, the state’s board of elections said in a statement, but most will have to wait until next week. The race there remained too close to call.
2:53 p.m. Trump tweets ahead of Biden prime-time address: Possibly in an attempt to undercut the thrust of Joe Biden’s planned public address Friday, President Trump tweeted “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!”
2:06 p.m. Biden grows lead in Georgia: Joe Biden picked up about another 2,500 votes in Georgia Friday afternoon, growing his lead over President Trump in that state — one that has not gone to a Democrat in decades — to 4,263 votes. CNN reported the votes that helped Biden grow his lead came from suburban Gwinnett County.
1:52 p.m. George Gascón wins race for L.A. district attorney: Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has won the race to become the next district attorney of Los Angeles, now that incumbent Jackie Lacey has conceded.
1:48 p.m. Chris Christie to Trump — ‘show us the evidence’ of alleged fraud: During a television appearance on ABC News Friday, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the Trump campaign should present actual evidence of the widespread voter fraud the president and his surrogates have alleged. “We heard nothing today about any evidence,” Christie said. “This kind of thing, all it does is inflame without informing. And we cannot permit inflammation without information.”
12:49 p.m. Pennsylvania GOP asks Supreme Court to stop counting ballots received after Nov. 3: Pennsylvania Republicans filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for an order that would stop the state’s vote-counters from accepting ballots received after election day, CNN reported. Their concern centers on whether ballots are being reviewed in discrete batches based on when they arrived at vote-counting centers. The Pennsylvania secretary of state has already ordered that move, anticipating litigation. But the Pennsylvania GOP said it’s “unclear” whether that’s being carried out by county boards.
12:17 p.m. What the election is doing to your brain: For the last few days, millions of Americans awaiting the results of what might be the most significant election of their lifetimes have turned to a familiar online sequence: load, refresh, obsess, repeat. To cope, experts point out, many of us are doing things that don’t actually help. Our brains are in an entirely different world, too: They’re kicking into survival mode. The Chronicle’s Annie Vainshtein spoke to experts about it. Read the full story here.
12:15 p.m. Georgia margin, and Biden lead, under 1,600 votes: The margin separating Joe Biden from President Trump is 1,585 votes, a state elections official said Friday afternoon. Biden is currently leading. That slim margin is almost certain to trigger a recount in that state, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
10:51 a.m. Romney slams “reckless” Trump comments: Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney condemned President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud Friday. The president “is wrong to say the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen,” the Utah senator tweeted.
10:49 a.m. Biden gains in Pennsylvania: Democrat Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania lead increased to 13,371 votes as officials added to mail-in vote tallies. Biden has more than doubled his lead since he overtook President Trump there in the early morning hours.
10:48 a.m. McCarthy says Republicans “not backing down”: The House GOP leader indicated that concession is not in the cards just yet. “Far from over. Republicans will not back down from this battle,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, tweeted Friday morning.
10:46 a.m. Trump vows to continue legal fights: President Trump issued a statement through his campaign Friday claiming — without evidence — that Democrats have thwarted efforts to ensure a fair election. To protect “the integrity of our entire election process,” Trump vaguely pledged to “pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government.”
10:11 a.m. Biden to address anxious nation: Democrat Joe Biden will address the the nation in prime time Friday evening, his campaign said. Sen. Kamala Harris is expected to speak as well.
10:05 a.m. Another round of Nevada votes coming soon: Nevada will report the results of another tranche of Las Vegas mail-in ballots “sometime before 4 p.m.” local time according to Clark County election officials.
9:53 a.m. Watch the update from Nevada live: Tens of thousands of uncounted ballots could remain in Nevada, even as Democrat Joe Biden secured his lead on Friday. There are 63,000 mail-in ballots and about 60,000 provisional ballots left to process in Clark County, home to Las Vegas. Clark County will give an update at 10 a.m. Watch it here.
9:34 Aide says Biden won’t wait for Trump concession: An aide to Democrat Joe Biden told the Washington Post that the campaign does not intend to wait for President Trump to concede before Biden declares victory. “Donald Trump doesn’t get to decide who wins elections,” the aide reportedly said.
9:11 a.m. Arizona’s big question mark: With Democrat Joe Biden leading President Trump in Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania, the biggest question becomes whether the former vice president will maintain his lead in Arizona, where hundreds of thousands of ballots still need to be tallied. Trump’s performance in the newly released Maricopa County tally Friday morning was insufficient to overtake Biden’s roughly 44,000-vote lead. Poll workers there are processing about 140,000 ballots per day. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN that if Maricopa County maintained that pace, Arizona will have a “much more clear picture of where things stand” by Friday evening.
8:56 a.m. Nevada updating in an hour: Democrat Joe Biden made definitive gains in Nevada overnight. There are still tens of thousands of ballots left to process, most from the Las Vegas area. Election officials will give a status update at 10 a.m. The Associated Press has not yet called the state for Biden.
8:46 a.m. Biden still gaining in Nevada: Democrat Joe Biden increased his lead in Nevada as the state released its new tallies ahead of schedule Friday morning. The boost resulted from 51,000 drop-off and mail-in ballots processed overnight in Clark County, home to Las Vegas. Biden now leads the state with 49.83% of the vote to President Trump’s 48.07%
8:33 a.m. Biden lead grows in Nevada: Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Nevada grew to 22,076 votes Friday morning, doubling his lead since results were last reported in that state Thursday.
8:28 a.m. Biden’s Georgia lead inching up: Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Georgia grew to 1,586 votes Friday morning as more results trickled in. The state has about 8,197 absentee ballots left to count, more than half from the northern Atlanta county of Gwinnett.
8:17 a.m. Maricopa County results favor Trump. It may not be enough: Reports say President Trump captured 53% of the 61,000 votes reported by Arizona on Friday morning, falling short of the margin that would put him on track to retake the state from Democrat Joe Biden, who leads by just under 44,000 votes.
7:52 a.m. Trump voter fraud allegation lists military personnel who voted overseas: Nevada Republicans sent the Department of Justice a list of 3,602 cases of alleged voter fraud Thursday evening. But the list included many military personnel posted oversees who sent absentee ballots, the Nevada Independent reported.
7:30 a.m. Biden campaign, nearing victory, pokes at White House ‘trespasser:’ On the brink of winning the presidency, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said: “As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
7:14 a.m. Philadelphia still boosting Biden: Joe Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania inched upward to 6,817 votes Friday morning as more results from Philadelphia trickled in.
7:05 a.m. Trump campaign doubles down on fraud allegations as Biden surges: The Trump campaign continued alleging Friday that fraud and voter “irregularities” occurred in multiple states, but without presenting evidence of wrongdoing. Matt Morgan, the Trump campaign’s general counsel, repeated earlier claims of “improperly cast mail ballots” and said Georgia is “headed for a recount” after Democrat Joe Biden pulled ahead by 1,097 votes early Friday morning. The Trump campaign’s legal strategy to halt mail-in ballot counts has proven unsuccessful thus far: Judges in Michigan and Georgia on Thursday threw out Trump-backed lawsuits. Morgan expressed confidence that Trump would prevail in his bid for reelection.
6:54 a.m. How San Francisco voted, by neighborhood: Which areas are the most and least progressive in San Francisco? These maps breaking down the city vote reveal a distinct pattern.
6:51 a.m. Eyes turn to Arizona, Nevada: With Democrat Joe Biden leading in Pennsylvania and Georgia, attention turned to Arizona and Nevada, where new results are expected in less than three hours. Approximately 285,000 uncounted ballots remained in Arizona as of Thursday night, the majority in the Phoenix-area Maricopa County. More than 63,000 uncounted drop-off and mail-in ballots remained in Nevada as of Thursday morning. Poll workers in both states have been counting through the night, with updates coming from both states at 9 a.m.
6:49 a.m. Pelosi requests two more years as speaker: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally asked her House colleagues Thursday for their support in re-electing her to lead the House, according to a letter obtained by The Chronicle. She asked for support “with utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints in our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role the urgency of the challenges ahead.” Democrats lost five House seats in this eleciton cycle.
6:41 a.m. Stocks drop after election rally: The major indexes fell after a post-election day surge this week. Losses were tempered by an unexpectedly positive jobs report that saw unemployment fall to 6.9% in October.
6:10 a.m. First Georgia, now Pennsylvania: Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia Friday, bringing him to the brink of victory. Biden leapfrogged Trump in Pennsylvania just hours after he surpassed the president in Georgia. The votes coming out of Philadelphia are expected to continue to boost Biden’s fortunes in the race for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, which would put him over the 270 Electoral College threshold. The Associated Press has not yet called the race.
5:51 a.m. Biden surpasses Trump in Pennsylvania: Democrat Joe Biden takes the lead in Pennsylvania by nearly 6,000 votes.
5:25 a.m. Georgia official explains state’s recount process: Georgia’s voting system manager Gabriel Sterling told reporters Thursday the state is preparing for an audit and a recount, and explained the process for doing so — it’ll likely come after the election is certified, Sterling told reporters.
5:11 a.m. Nation awaits a decision. Could this be the day?: All eyes continue to be on the four states where Democrat Joe Biden is hoping for a definitive breakthrough to push him over the 270 Electoral College threshold. New results from Pennsylvania — and Philadelphia specifically — are expected any minute. New results from Georgia are also imminent. That leaves just Arizona and Nevada, where election officials in both states have promised new results at 9 a.m.
5:01 a.m. GOP senator says Trump claims ‘unsubstantiated’: A Republican lawmaker from Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey, has spoken out against President Trump. The president’s allegations of voter fraud are “just not substantiated,” Toomey told Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show. “I saw the president’s speech last night and it was very hard to watch,” the senator said, referring to a television appearance by Trump in which he claimed, without evidence, that the election was being “stolen.”
4:48 a.m. Philly absentee results imminent: More vote tallies from Philadelphia are coming “within the hour”” City Commissioner Al Schmidt told CNN early Friday morning.
4:39 a.m. Here’s what’s left to count in Pennsylvania: There are about 164,000 ballots left to be tallied in Pennsylvania, with more than half of those located in the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh areas, according to the state’s election dashboard early Friday morning. If the mail-in ballots continue favoring Democrat Joe Biden, the former vice president could take the state from President Trump, whose lead shrunk to less than 20,000 votes overnight.
4:17 a.m. Biden’s Georgia lead small but growing: Democrat Joe Biden has the lead in Georgia by 1,096 votes on the state’s results dashboard, with more county totals yet to come Friday.
4:12 a.m. In Allegheny County, 35,000 ballots left to count: Elections officials in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania were preparing to count roughly 35,000 outstanding ballots early Friday, CNN reported.
4:05 a.m. Trump team presses Nevada lawsuit: The Trump campaign filed six-page lawsuit seeking to bar Clark County from using its signature-verification machine in a Las Vegas federal court Thursday night. Trump campaign officials teased its contents at a press conference earlier in the day and the lawsuit itself provided no evidence to back up their claims of widespread voter fraud, The Nevada Independent reported. Similar allegations made in a previous lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign last week was thrown out by a Nevada district court judge Monday.
3:37 a.m. Biden still ahead in Arizona nail-biter: President Trump encroached on Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona after results from the Phoenix area were added to statewide tallies Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. Biden is ahead by 47,052 votes, with more results to come at 9 a.m. Friday.
2:30 a.m. ‘John Lewis is smiling’ — Twitter reacts to Biden lead in Georgia: Twitter erupted after Joe Biden gained the lead over President Trump in Georgia’s vote tabulation, with politicians, journalists and artists seeing the development as fruition of the goals of the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis: It was Lewis’ longtime Clayton County district that nudged Biden ahead of the president early Friday. “John Lewis is smiling,” Rep. Ted Lieu or Torrance (Los Angeles County) tweeted. Actor George Takei wrote, “John Lewis, we did it. Thank you. And thank you, Stacey Abrams. O my heart!” Users posted GIFs of Lewis dancing and thanked him for his lifetime of civil rights work, Many shared a New York Times essay he wrote shortly before his death, discussing the importance of voting in democracy.
2:16 a.m. Georgia on track for two Senate runoff elections: Not only does Georgia’s nail-biter presidential contest potentially hold the future of the race outcome, but the state will likely hold two runoff elections for the Senate, which could determine which party controls the chamber. The likelihood of a second Jan. 5 runoff election became apparent Friday morning after Republican David Purdue’s margin over Democrat Jon Ossoff slipped to 49.8%, less than the majority required to win the race outright. The state already faced a runoff in the special election for its other Senate seat: Republican Kelly Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in that contest.
2:12 a.m. Georgia could go to recount if margin stays thin: The
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