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Nov 5, 2020

US Election 2020 live results and updates: Biden has slight edge as race hinges on a few close states

 

CNBC staff


The presidential election has come down to just a few states: Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. According to NBC News’ tally, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has racked up 253 electoral votes, leaving him 17 shy of the 270 needed to win the White House. Biden’s lead in Arizona, which has 11 electoral votes, diminished somewhat overnight, while new data from too-close-to-call Nevada, which has six electoral votes, is expected today. The races in North Carolina (15 electoral votes), Georgia (16) and Pennsylvania (20) are also too close to call. Trump’s leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia have fallen considerably since those states started counting absentee ballots from Democratic-heavy districts.

More Maricopa results expected today

A no voter fraud sign is displayed by a protester in support of President Donald Trump at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on November 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.

A no voter fraud sign is displayed by a protester in support of President Donald Trump at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on November 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Elections officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, said they will release more results from the highly scrutinized ballot count there this evening.

The county has become one of the focal points in the race for the presidency. Joe Biden opened up a lead in the state, which traditionally votes Republican, but President Donald Trump has closed the gap somewhat as late vote counts roll in. There are about 275,000 ballots remaining, plus some provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department.

With 86% percent of the Arizona vote in, Biden leads Trump by more than 68,000 votes as of Thursday morning, according to NBC News.

—Mike Calia

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