US election live updates: Joe Biden to win Arizona, ABC News projects

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Friday, November 13, 2020
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President-elect Joe Biden pledged on Saturday, Nov. 7, to be a president "who seeks not to divide but to unify." Watch his full remarks above.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- ABC News can characterize Joe Biden as the apparent winner in Pennsylvania - a win that makes him president-elect. Based on these numbers and those in other states, Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

Keep scrolling down for the latest results of the 2020 presidential race plus live updates on California and Bay Area campaigns.

Get the latest updates on the 2020 presidential election as well as California and Bay Area campaigns and the polls below.

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Nov. 12, 2020

9:20 a.m.

Biden to win Arizona, Edison projects

Based upon the analysis of the vote, ABC News projects Joe Biden to win Arizona.

Nov. 9, 2020

9:20 a.m.

Biden encourages mask wearing for Americans

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday cheered news about the promising development of a coronavirus vaccine but cautioned Americans need to be aggressive about mask wearing and social distancing as infections continue to surge around the country.

8:30 a.m.

Biden, Harris meet with COVID-19 advisory board

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris met with their newly-announced COVID-19 advisory board via Zoom Monday morning at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, for a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic -- a signal of Biden's primary focus as he prepares to take office in 72 days.

4:45 a.m.

Trump surrogates continue to allege fraud in Nevada

Two Donald Trump associates held a news conference in Las Vegas on Sunday alleging voter fraud in the state, but they provided little proof and didn't announce any legal actions. Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp spoke outside the Clark County Election Department, providing a number of anecdotal stories of voter fraud. Among the unverified allegations were repeated complaints about the machine used to verify voter signatures and charges that Republicans were denied the right to vote.

Nov. 7, 2020

11 p.m.
A look at the best celebrations, dance parties across the Bay Area

When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were projected the winner of the 2020 presidential election, after days of tallying votes and anticipation, the Bay Area erupted into celebration. Watch the video here.

5 p.m.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris address nation

In his first speech after securing the White House, President-elect Joe Biden made an appeal to supporters of President Donald Trump.

Biden said Saturday night in Wilmington, Del., that "this is the time to heal in America" and pledged to be a president to represent even those who didn't support him.

Trump has not conceded the race to Biden, pursuing legal challenges over ballot counts in several states.

Biden said "it's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again," saying of his political opponents, "they are not our enemies. They are Americans."

In her remarks, Vice president-elect Kamala Harris paid tribute to Black women who "so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy."

She noted her ascension to the role comes 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified and 55 years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which expanded who could participate in American democracy.

"Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a county of possibilities," Harris said.

3 p.m.
Bay Area celebrates

Celebrations have erupted around the Bay Area in the wake of Joe Biden's projected win. Revelers were seen dancing in the street in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco.

In Oakland, Lake Merritt was the center of celebration. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joined the fun by taking a ride in the famous snail car, which she usually uses to celebrate basketball victories in the Golden State Warriors championship parades.

"I am feeling so hella proud Kamala Harris," she told ABC7 News reporter Jobina Fortson. See more here.

12:30 p.m.

Biden projected to win Nevada, according to ABC News

Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Nevada, according to ABC News projections. His victory four days after Election Day gives him the state's six Electoral College votes.

10:45 a.m.

Obama says he 'couldn't be prouder'

Former President Barack Obama said in a statement Saturday that he "couldn't be prouder" of Biden and Harris. "We're fortunate that Joe's got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way. Because when he walks into the White House in January, he'll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has - a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril," Obama said.

9:00 a.m.

Kamala Harris: Watch her journey from Berkeley to VP to become 1st Black, Asian woman elected to vice presidency

Leading a life filled with firsts, projected Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has overcome obstacles and broken barrier after barrier throughout her career. ABC7 Originals "Kamala Harris: To Be The First" details her journey from Berkeley to Washington, D.C. Watch it here, or wherever you stream, on the ABC7 Bay Area app.

8:30 a.m.

Biden apparent winner in PA; Win makes him president-elect

ABC News can characterize Joe Biden as the apparent winner in Pennsylvania - a win that makes him president-elect. Based on these numbers and those in other states, Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.

8:24 a.m.

Biden lead over Trump narrows in Arizona

Joe Biden's lead over in Arizona Republican President Donald Trump narrowed to 20,573 as of 8:15 a.m. PT on Saturday as results from Maricopa County and GOP stronghold Pinal County dropped. Biden leads 49.5%-48.9%.

8:06 a.m.

Trump lawyers to speak in Philadelphia

Trump said his lawyers are expected to speak in Philadelphia at 8:30 a.m. PT Saturday.

7:55 a.m.

President arrives at Trump National Golf Club, falsely tweets he won

The president arrived at his Trump National Golf Club Saturday morning as his path to securing reelection continues to narrow. Trump falsely tweeted Saturday morning "I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!" Twitter flagged the tweet saying, "Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted." ABC News projects Trump has 214 Electoral College votes while Biden has 253. Biden is ahead in four out of five key states still counting votes.

6:25 a.m.

Biden ahead in Pennsylvania by 28,833 votes

Joe Biden is leading Pennsylvania by 28,833 votes. Biden has 3,336,887 votes, or 49.6%, compared to Trump's 3,308,054 votes, or 49.1%.

Nov. 6, 2020

6:30 p.m.
Biden lead remains in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona

As of 6 p.m., Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by 4,020 votes in Georgia, with an estimated 24,300 votes left to be counted in the state. Out of Arizona, numbers have tightened the race slightly with just under 1 percent separating the candidates. In Pennsylvania, Biden leads Trump by more than 20,000 votes, according to latest election data.

2:15 p.m.
Georgia ballot count update

Joe Biden is now leading by a margin of 4,263 votes after more than 7,000 votes just came in from Gwinnett County, according to election data. Get the latest on Georgia here.

12:13 p.m.

Biden leading Georgia by 1,602 votes

In Georgia -- which has 16 electoral votes -- Biden is leading by 1,602 votes. Biden has 49.4% (2,450,381 votes) while Trump has 49.4% (2,448,577 votes).

11:35 a.m.

Philadelphia has over 40K ballots to be counted, city commissioner says

Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley said results from another 2,000 to 3,000 mail-in ballot are expected Friday afternoon. Deeley estimates there are upwards of 40,000 ballots that remain to be counted and noted it may take "several days to complete."

9:45 a.m.
Joe Biden expected to speak tonight in Delaware

A Biden campaign official tells ABC News that we should expect to hear from the former vice president speak during primetime tonight in Wilmington, Delaware. When asked if President Trump plans to make any remarks today - in light of VP Biden being expected to speak - White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told ABC News: "No scheduling updates at this time."

8:30 a.m.

Maricopa vote narrows Biden's lead again

As more votes from Maricopa County, Arizona, come in, Biden's statewide lead is narrowing. Biden is ahead by 43,569 votes, shrinking from his earlier lead of 47,052 votes. Biden's vote count is at 1,560,347 to Trump's 1,516,778. Biden still leads 50.0% to Trump's 48.6%.

6 a.m.

Biden pulls ahead in Pennsylvania

Biden has pulled ahead in Pennsylvania, overtaking Trump's lead. As of 5:50 a.m. PT Friday, Biden has 3,295,304 votes in the Keystone State while Trump has 3,289,717, with 95% of the expected vote reporting. That's a difference of 5,587 votes. There are approximately 150,000 ballots left to be counted in Pennsylvania.

1:50 a.m.

Biden has overtaken Trump's lead in Georgia by 917 votes.

Joe Biden has overtaken President Donald Trump's lead in Georgia by 917 votes. As of 1:50 a.m. PT Friday, Biden has 2,449,371 votes while Trump has 2,448,454 -- 49.4% each -- with 99% of the expected vote reporting. About 10,000 ballots are still left to be counted in the Deep South State, where 16 Electoral College votes are up for grabs.

Nov. 5, 2020

8:45 p.m.
Election officials worried by threats and protesters

Election officials in several states say they are worried about the safety of their staffs amid a cascade of threats and protesters responding to President Donald Trump's baseless insistence of widespread voter fraud in the race for the White House. Groups of Trump supporters have gathered at vote tabulation sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Democrat Joe Biden leading or gaining ground. While the protests have not been violent or very large, local officials were exasperated and concerned by the relentless accusations.

6:48 p.m.
Biden continues to close ballot margin in Georgia

President Donald Trump's lead in Georgia has dwindled to 1,902 votes. According to CNN, Georgia's Clayton County plans to release results from its outstanding ballots by the end of the night.

4:30 p.m.
Trump speaks from White House as lead dwindles in key battleground states

President Donald Trump has delivered prepared remarks at the White House in which he renewed his unfounded claims that Democrats are trying to "steal" the election from him. He spoke Thursday after spending a second day stewing over election results that suggest his path to victory is slipping away. The flurry of policy pronouncements flowing out of the White House ahead of the election had slowed to a trickle. And in the West Wing, some aides were eyeing returns warily and losing confidence that outstanding states will break Trump's way.

Biden delivers speech of encouragement as ballot-counting continues

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he feels "very good" about the outcome of the presidential election and is telling his supporters to "stay calm" as votes continue to be counted. Biden delivered brief remarks at a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. He says, "It is the will of the voters, no one, not anyone else, who chooses the president of the United States of America." Biden's running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, stood next to him as he spoke.

3 p.m.
False claims of Wisconsin voter fraud rely on wrong numbers for 2020 election

Posts shared thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are falsely claiming that the number of people who cast ballots in Wisconsin exceeds the number of registered voters in the state. A variety of misleading claims about voter turnout in Wisconsin gained traction, generating likes, shares or comments by the hundreds of thousands after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pulled off a narrow win Wednesday in the battleground state. Get the full story here.

Presidential race too close to call in some battleground states

ABC News has still not projected a winner in the presidential election in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Alaska, states were the race is either too close to call or large numbers of ballots are still being counted and it's too early to make a projection on the results. See where candidates stand here.

11:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania could have 'overwhelming majority' of votes counted today

As the third day of vote counting in Pennsylvania continues, the state's top election official said the end could be in sight. During a CNN interview Thursday afternoon, Pa. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said it looks like the "overwhelming majority" could be counted by the end of the day. Thousands of votes still need to be counted, including about 100,000 in Philadelphia.

10:45 a.m.

Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit in Michigan

A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots. Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn't control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state's chief election officer.

8:54 a.m.

Trump lawsuit dismissed in Georgia

A Georgia judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that asked to ensure state laws were followed on absentee ballots.

6:02 a.m.

Georgia secretary of state gives update on uncounted ballots

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger now says there are 50,000 to 60,000 uncounted ballots statewide, double the amount of his estimate of 25,000 from earlier this morning.

5:20 a.m.

More results expected from key battleground states today

More election results are expected from Georgia at 7:30 a.m. PT, Nevada at 9 a.m. PT. and Arizona will release more results tonight. Pennsylvania has not given specific times for the release of more results yet.

4:38 a.m.

Under 25,000 ballots left to be counted in Georgia, secretary of state says

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV on Thursday morning that there are now less than 25,000 ballots left to be counted statewide and that it should be done no later than the afternoon. Trump currently has 49.6% of the vote in Georgia, while Biden has 49.2%.

Nov. 4, 2020

6:20 p.m.
Down to the wire in remaining battleground states

Georgia and Arizona are still too close to call. Despite President Trump's lawsuit in Georgia to stop the counting, the tallying continues on the approximately 107,751 ballots remaining, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump's lead has since gone down to 38,126. In Arizona, Trump took the latest wave of ballots counted 59-41%.He needs to do better than 60% to overtake Biden in the next wave, with 330,000 left in Maricopa County.

5:05 p.m.
Marin voter turnout an estimated 87% so far

More than 100,000 ballots from the Nov. 3 General Election have been tallied by the Marin County Elections Department, with approximately 52,000 yet to be counted, according to Alameda County officials. Elections staff has until Dec. 3 to finish the task and certify the election. Vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Nov. 20 will be processed and counted.

4:10 p.m.
Trump campaign files lawsuit in 3rd state, Georgia, seeking to pause vote count in key battlegrounds

President Donald Trump's campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against the Chatham County Board of Elections asking a judge to order the county to secure and account for ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day. State party Chairman David Shafer said in a statement Wednesday night that they planned to sue in a dozen counties.

4 p.m.
San Francisco voters approve taxes on CEOs, big businesses, AP reports

In an effort to address economic disparity laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved several tax measures targeting property owners and big businesses with CEOs paid far higher than their average workers, according to the Associated Press.

Under the new law, any company whose top executive earns 100 times more than their average worker will pay an extra 0.1% surcharge on its annual business tax payment. If a CEO makes 200 times more than the average employee, the surcharge increases to 0.2%; 300 times gets a 0.3% surcharge and so on.

Voters also agreed to sweeping business tax changes that will lead to a higher tax rate for many tech companies, and a higher transfer tax on property sales valued between $10 million and $25 million.

The results "show that San Franciscans are concerned about growing economic inequality,'' city Supervisor Matt Haney, the author of the measure titled the "Overpaid Executive Tax,'' said Wednesday. "The very wealthy are gaining more and more. They've gotten much richer during the pandemic, while everyone else has remained stagnant.''

3:50 p.m.
Here are the latest presidential electoral results

1:38 p.m.
Joe Biden wins battleground state of Michigan, ABC News projects

Based on our exit poll, ABC News projects that Joe Biden is the winner in the battleground state of Michigan. It's the third state President Donald Trump carried in 2016 that the former vice president has flipped, narrowing Trump's path to reelection.

1:30 p.m.
Prop 25 fails

California is sticking with its traditional cash bail system, rejecting a nation-leading move to rely instead on risk assessments to decide which suspects should remain jailed awaiting trial. With more than 11 million votes counted, Proposition 25 had just 45% support. See all the latest California proposition results here.

1:15 p.m.

Biden delivers remarks from Delaware

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks from Wilmington, Delaware: "I'm not here to declare that we've won, but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners." The former vice president is also calling for unity in the nation: "Once this election is finalized and behind us, it'll be time for us to do what we've always done as Americans: to put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind unite, to heal, to come together as a nation."

12:35 p.m.
Trump campaign files lawsuit to stop vote count in Michigan

The Trump campaign announced a lawsuit to stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, charging "Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes."

12:05 p.m.

Biden named apparent winner of Wisconsin, ABC News reports

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the apparent winner of Wisconsin but with a razor-thin lead, ABC News reports.

11:30 a.m.

Trump campaign files lawsuit to stop vote count in Michigan

President Donald Trump's campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan. The latest counts gives Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call.

11 a.m.
Trump campaign says president will request a Wisconsin recount

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the president would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing "irregularities in several Wisconsin counties," and the campaign filed suit in Michigan to halt counting of ballots because it contended it wasn't given "meaningful access" to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process. Get the latest here.

Biden holds slim lead over Trump in Nevada, highly contested battleground state

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday morning held a slim lead over President Donald Trump in Nevada, a state no Republican presidential candidate has won since 2004 but that has remained a highly contested battleground. Here's the latest.

10:30 a.m.
Prop 16 rejected

California voters have rejected an attempt to reinstate affirmative action programs in public hiring, contracting and college admissions, keeping a 1996 ban on the government granting preferential treatment based on race and gender. Get more proposition results here.

Prop 24 passes

California voters have approved a measure to expand a digital privacy law that was passed two years ago. Proposition 24 includes provisions to triple the fines for companies that violate kids' privacy and will create a dedicated state agency to enforce the law that was passed in 2018. Get more proposition results here.

9:50 a.m.
Joe Biden wins most votes of any presidential candidate in history; race still close to call

Presidential candidate Joe Biden has officially won the most votes of any presidential candidate. Biden currently has more than 69,500,000 votes, breaking former President Barack Obama's record of 69,498,516 total votes in 2008, according to the Federal Elections Commission. This does not mean he's won the presidential election -- ABC News has not yet projected a winner.

8:50 a.m.
Trump's legal team exploring options for potential court battles

President Donald Trump's legal team is exploring what their options could be for any potential court battles as a senior source tells ABC News "all legal options are on the table in battleground states." Get the latest here.

7:30 a.m.
Measure RR too close to call

Measure RR, a Caltrain funding measure that on the ballot for voters in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, is ahead in votes but still too close to call Wednesday morning. With 75% of precincts reporting, the measure has 70% of the vote. The sales tax needs to secure two-thirds or more of the final vote to pass. More details here.

6:45 a.m.

Paths to victory for both candidates

As of 6 a.m. PT, both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have paths to victory, depending on how the remaining battleground states are called.

The pivotal states that are still too close to call are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. We've charted out the most likely ways Biden and Trump could win here.

6:30 a.m.

A Biden official said this morning that the 2020 race is "moving to a conclusion -- and moving to a conclusion in our favor."

6:25 a.m.

'Way too early' to call a winner in Pennsylvania, attorney general says

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said it's still "way too early" to know which presidential candidate will win the 20 electoral votes up for grabs in the Keystone State. "There's still a lot of vote left," Shapiro told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on "Good Morning America." With 75% of expected vote reporting, ABC News projects Trump currently has the lead in Pennsylvania with 55% while Biden has 44%.

5:10 a.m.

'Hundreds of thousands of ballots' still uncounted in Michigan

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said election officials in her state were counting ballots through the night and they're not done yet. "Hundreds of thousands of ballots in our largest jurisdictions are still being counted, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Warren & Sterling Heights," Benson wrote on her official Twitter account Wednesday morning. "Every vote will count."

4:10 a.m.

Nevada says no more results till Thursday

Nevada's elections division announced Wednesday morning that no more results will be released until Thursday at 9 a.m. PT. The division said in-person early votes, in-person Election Day votes and mail-in ballots through Nov. 2 have all been counted so far. That means mail-in ballots received on Election Day, any mail-in ballots that will be received over the next week and provisional ballots have not yet been counted.

3:47 a.m.

Stock markets wobble on election uncertainty

Stock markets and U.S. futures are volatile as the world awaited results of tight races in battleground states that will determine the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

1:36 a.m.
Joe Biden projected winner in Hawaii, ABC News reports

Based on our exit poll, ABC News projects that former Vice President Joe Biden will win in Hawaii.

12:33 a.m.
Trump wants Supreme Court involved in 2020 presidential election results

President Donald Trump is vowing to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the inconclusive election. ABC News has not declared a winner in the presidential race.

Trump appeared before supporters at the White House early Wednesday morning and cried foul over the election results, calling the process "a major fraud on our nation." But there's no evidence of foul play in the cliffhanger.

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