Two days into the 2020 presidential election, and there’s still no clear winner.
As of Wednesday night’s count, Biden had roughly 253 electoral votes, while Trump had 214. What’s keeping the election up in the air is that there are five key battleground states that have yet to be called for one candidate or another: Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. While some stations, like the AP, have called Arizona in favor of Biden, only 88% of the votes have been counted so far, meaning it could still flip back to Trump.
Georgia and North Carolina, as swing states, have also been hotly contested in terms of who will snag the electoral college votes. With 99% reporting in Georgia, the two candidates are currently within 1% of each other. Many remaining votes are being counted from counties around Atlanta. In North Carolina, the two are within 1% of each other with only 94% of the vote counted. Georgia is currently leaning for Biden, while North Carolina is doing so for Trump.
Early Wednesday morning, Trump declared himself the victor of the election in a premature acceptance speech. However, considering the number of ballots still to be counted, there will not be a clear winner in this race for at least another 24 hours or so.
In terms of non-presidential elections, Democrats have managed to gain at least two Senate seats with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s win over Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Martha McDally’s loss to Mark Kelly in Arizona. Just like the presidential race, though, it’s still not clear whether Democrats will regain control of the Senate, with the party currently holding 46 seats. The same goes for Democratic control of the House of Representatives, which currently sees Dems with 205 seats.
Whether or not we could see real results by the end of the day is completely up in the air, but more likely than not, we’ll end the day with at least a clearer picture of which candidate is leading.