As was expected in such a close race for President, a winner was not announced on Tuesday night. Joe Biden leads with 238 electoral votes to Trump’s 213 electoral votes on states that have declared a clear winner. Of the 8 key battleground states, five continue to count ballots.
It’s hard to determine which states will slide into Red or Blue territory; states are not announcing whether they are declaring in-person ballots of mail-in ballots first. Democrats utilized the mail-in option more heavily, while Republicans favor in-person voting.
Trump held onto Florida’s 29 electoral votes, which was a big victory. However, he lost out on Arizona’s 11 electoral votes and Minnesota’s 10 votes that he had claimed in 2016. The states that remain to be announced have extremely close margins.
Georgia: 16 Electoral Votes
ALL EYES ON GEORGIA: 94% of votes reported in the state, per the @AP. President Trump leads with 50.5% of the votes, Joe Biden trailing with 48.3%. Less than 103k votes separate the two. The @GaSecofState hopes to have the final results today. @GoodDayAtlanta #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/OwsEOijtwB
— Natalie Fultz FOX 5 (@NatalieFFOX5) November 4, 2020
With 94% of votes reported, Trump is currently carrying Georgia. He has 50.5% of the vote to Biden’s 48.3% – but a margin of just over 100,000 votes. Trump took Georgia in 2016, the state has voted Republican since 1992, and 68% of voters chose to vote in-person.
Michigan: 16 Electoral Votes
With 96% of votes reported, Biden has slipped into the lead in Michigan. Trump took the state by only 10,704 votes in 2016, and 2020 is shaping up to be another nail-biter. Biden currently leads by a mere 32,000 votes. Michigan is expected to announce a winner by Wednesday night.
Michigan allowed same-day voter registration on Tuesday, which 28,000 people took advantage of. It was the first time that the state allowed same-day voter registration.
North Carolina: 15 Electoral Votes
With 94% of votes reported, Trump is maintaining a slim lead in the traditionally Republican state. He is currently besting Biden by 77,000 votes. North Carolina has until November 12 to count absentee ballots.
Pennsylvania: 20 Electoral Votes
With only 64% of votes reported, and a whopping 20 electoral votes on the line, Pennsylvania is leaning towards Trump – but with a long road ahead. The President currently holds 54% of the vote to Biden’s 44.9% – with a margin of over 500,000 votes. Governor Tom Wolf says there are 3 million mail-in ballots left to be counted, and the state has promised to accurately count each and every one.
Wisconsin: 10 Electoral Votes
Looks like they found lots of votes in Wisconsin last night, all for Biden.
At 94% reported Trump was up 4 points.
Now with 95% reporting Trump trails by 0.5. pic.twitter.com/O8Hbp5vWtN
— Moments with God (@Throne_Moments) November 4, 2020
With 95% of votes reported, Wisconsin has slid towards Biden, albeit by only 21,000 votes. Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Green Bay are all heavily pro-Biden.
Nevada’s 6 electoral votes are still up for grabs as well, with Biden leading by less than 8,000 votes. Clinton won Nevada in 2016.
Trump would have to win 5 of the six remaining states in order to secure a second term as President. For many Americans, there is a feeling that the future of the nation falls squarely on the outcome of this election. Meanwhile, for Republicans, Trump symbolizes America’s last stand as a Capitalist, free society. For Democrats, the opportunity for a Progressive and Socialist agenda that prioritizes immigrants and taxpayer-funded programs is within reach.