Votes are being counted across the U.S. in the 2020 elections Tuesday, with President Trump looking to hold off former Vice President Joe Biden, and Democrats hoping to regain control of the Senate. Yahoo News is providing complete coverage of election night, with instant updates and analysis of key results.
The race to 270
A candidate needs to gain at least 270 electoral votes to win the White House — a majority of the 538 that are up for grabs. Here’s where the race to 270 currently stands:
• Donald Trump: 145
• Joe Biden: 223
The following states have been called for Biden: Vt., Va., Conn., Del., Ill., Md., Mass., N.J., R.I., N.Y., N.M., D.C., Colo., N.H., Calif., Ore., Wash., Hawaii, Minn.
The following states have been called for Trump: Ky., W. Va., S.C., Ala., Miss., Tenn., Okla., Ark., Ind., N.D., S.D., Wyo., La., Neb., Kan., Mo., Idaho, Utah, Ohio, Iowa, Mont.
Trump wins Ohio, Montana, Iowa
Biden wins Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes
Biden to speak
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will make a statement from Wilmington, Del., at 12:30 a.m. ET, his campaign announced.
Biden wins Hawaii’s 4 electoral votes
Networks project Trump winner in Ohio
Fox News, ABC News, NBC News and CNN have projected Trump as the winner in Ohio. We are still waiting on the Associated Press’s call but it appears that Ohio’s18 electoral votes will go to the incumbent.
Florida voters approve $15 minimum wage
From HuffPost’s Dave Jamieson:
A Florida ballot initiative that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour is projected to pass, according to The Associated Press.
The proposal, known as Amendment 2, needed at least 60% approval to pass under the state constitution.
Under the new law, the current minimum wage of $8.56 will rise to $10 next year. It will increase $1 each year thereafter until it hits $15 in 2026. After that, it will adjust annually according to an inflation index.
The residence floor is seen on election night. The Trump campaign has set up two “war rooms” at the White House complex, where the president is watching election returns. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Why we’re still waiting on a Florida call
Per the Associated Press, Trump and Biden are locked in a tight race in Florida, and it is too early for the AP to call the perennial battleground state. Florida has a history of close elections, including the state’s 2018 governor’s race, which went to a recount. The AP is waiting on more vote count to come in in south Florida, including Miami-Dade County, the largest county in the state.