2020 Election: Several States Remain Uncalled, White House Hangs in the Balance

The 2020 presidential race remained too close to call on Wednesday morning as ballots continued to be counted in several key states.

Posted: Nov 4, 2020 11:04 AM
Updated: Nov 4, 2020 12:53 PM

According to LIVE election projections provided by the Associated Press, Biden has currently won states responsible for 238 electoral votes, with Trump currently holding 213, of the 270 total needed to win the White House.

Some election workers in Georgia stopped counting ballots overnight, with plans to resume in the early hours of Wednesday morning, though officials in Wisconsin reportedly worked through the night.

While AP has yet to officially call Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia, President Trump prematurely declared his victory in the race on Wednesday, saying, "we will win this - and as far as I'm concerned, we already have."

Related: Biden: 'We Believe We Are On Track to Win This Election'

With all of the votes still not in, however, there's still a path for either candidate to claim the election.

Several states were able to declare President Trump their winner early on in election night, but none so quickly as Indiana, where Trump held roughly 58.82% of the state's vote, contributing 11 electoral votes to the president's running total.

While Trump also took Kentucky, and with it another 8 electoral votes, Biden was declared the winner of Illinois, securing 20 electoral votes there towards his run at the Oval Office.

Click here for live election updates from AP.

What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes?

According to the National Archives and Records Administration...

"If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the Presidential election leaves the Electoral College process and moves to Congress.

The House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each State delegation has one vote and it is up to the individual States to determine how to vote. (Since the District of Columbia is not a State, it has no State delegation in the House and cannot vote). A candidate must receive at least 26 votes (a majority of the States) to be elected.

The Senate elects the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most electoral votes. Each Senator casts one vote for Vice President. (Since the District of Columbia is has no Senators and is not represented in the vote). A candidate must receive at least 51 votes (a majority of Senators) to be elected.

If the House of Representatives fails to elect a President by Inauguration Day, the Vice-President Elect serves as acting President until the deadlock is resolved in the House."

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