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Biden vs Trump: live results 2020

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Presidential results based onAll electoral college votes calledChart showing Biden (Democrat) has won 306 electoral votes and Trump (Republican) has won 232 electoral votes306Joe BidenDEMOCRAT232Donald TrumpREPUBLICAN270 to win

Electoral college votes by state


In most states, electoral votes are distributed on a winner-takes-all basis. In Maine and Nebraska, the electoral votes can be split between candidates.

House of Representatives

Chart showing House Democrats have 222 seats and Republicans have 212 seats232Outgoing House197222DEMOCRATS212REPUBLICANS02180434 out of 435 races called


Chart showing Senate Democrats have 49 seats and Republicans have 50 seats47Outgoing Senate5349DEMOCRATS50REPUBLICANS35seats not up for election5030seats not up for election34 out of 35 races called

Latest news you need to know:

Joe Biden was elected president of the US, winning the battleground state of Pennsylvania to reach the 270 votes needed to secure a majority in the electoral college. Donald Trump rejected the outcome, saying his opponent was “rushing to falsely pose as the winner”.

Mr Trump has won North Carolina. Georgia certified its result after a hand recount showed that Mr Biden had carreid the state by just over 12,000 votes.

Mr Biden also won Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona, according to race calls by the Associated Press. Mr Trump carried Florida, Texas, Ohio and Iowa.

Some states’ counts have taken long to complete because of the large number of postal votes cast in the election. More than 100m Americans voted early or by post.

Control of the Senate came down to two Georgia elections that were decided in run-offs on January 5. In one of the two races, Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated the Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. In the other race, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff has a narrow lead over Republican incumbent David Perdue. If Republicans win either race, they will retain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both races, they will control an evenly-divided Senate through the casting vote of incoming vice-president Kamila Harris.

The Democrats have maintained control of House of Representatives with a reduced majority.

Are the candidates performing as expected?

Electoral votes by state

Expected Biden

Solid Democrat (203 electoral votes in total)

California called democratConnecticut called democratWashington DC called democratDelaware called democratHawaii called democratIllinois called democratMassachusetts called democratMaryland called democratMaine (Statewide) called democratMaine (District 1) called democratNew Jersey called democratNew Mexico called democratNew York called democratOregon called democratRhode Island called democratVirginia called democratVermont called democratWashington called democrat

Leaning Democrat (23 electoral votes in total)

Colorado called democratMinnesota called democratNew Hampshire called democrat

Toss-up (187 electoral votes in total)

Arizona called democratNebraska (District 2) called democratMichigan called democratWisconsin called democratNevada called democratPennsylvania called democratFlorida called republicanIowa called republicanOhio called republicanTexas called republicanMaine (District 2) called republicanNorth Carolina called republicanGeorgia called democrat

Expected Trump

Leaning Republican (48 electoral votes in total)

Indiana called republicanKansas called republicanMissouri called republicanMontana called republicanSouth Carolina called republicanUtah called republicanAlaska called republican

Solid Republican (77 electoral votes in total)

Alabama called republicanArkansas called republicanIdaho called republicanKentucky called republicanLouisiana called republicanMississippi called republicanNorth Dakota called republicanNebraska (Statewide) called republicanNebraska (District 1) called republicanNebraska (District 3) called republicanOklahoma called republicanSouth Dakota called republicanTennessee called republicanWest Virginia called republicanWyoming called republican

Which states have flipped?

States won by Joe Biden that Donald Trump won in 2016

Arizona11 delegates
Nebraska (District 2)1 delegates
Michigan16 delegates
Wisconsin10 delegates
Pennsylvania20 delegates
Georgia16 delegates

No states have been won by Donald Trump that Hillary Clinton won in 2016


The FT 2020 results page displays US presidential, Senate and House races as called by the Associated Press. We categorise states into “expected” categories based on pre-election polls. States where the difference in poll numbers between Biden and Trump is more than 10 percentage points are classified as states we expect to be solidly in favour of one candidate. States where the race is within 5 percentage points and states that Trump won by less than a percentage point in 2016 are classified as expected ‘toss-up’ states. If a state had less than two polls in the 60 days prior to election day, we use the Cook Political Report Electoral College Ratings to assign it a rating. We consider Cook’s ‘likely’ and ‘lean’ states ‘leaning’.

Party breakdown numbers for the outgoing Senate include two Independents who caucus with Democrats as Democrats. Party breakdown numbers for the outgoing House of Representatives do not include five vacant seats and one Libertarian. Historical presidential results data comes from the Federal Election Commission and Daily Kos.

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