Election 2020: breaking updates in tight race


Esteban Serrano, Lead Editor

Likely, you woke up this morning and were probably not expecting to see a projected winner by any source, if not, at least some higher numbers than last night. That is indeed the case this time around, as time is crucial in getting every mail-in ballot counted to project a clear winner. Everything is changing by the minute, and it is likely if you see this that results have changed since and are yet to be updated.

A lot has occurred since, such as President Trump threatening to take the results to the Supreme Court and has already tried to declare victory, per the Associated Press.

Many states are way too close to call, but it is getting down to a couple thousand votes in order to determine a winner. Margins of error also play a factor as some states might need a recount. Pennsylvania couldn’t start counting until today, and is likely to turn the outcome of the election, according to experts.

The States Donald Trump (R-incumbent) have won or are projected to win are:

  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • N. Dakota
  • S. Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • Indianapolis
  • Ohio
  • W. Virginia
  • North Carolina

His total is 213 electoral votes.

The States Joe Biden (D) has or is projected to win include:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Minnesota
  • Illinois
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • The District of Columbia (DC)

The Associated Press at this hour is reporting the electoral count being 238-213 in favor of Joe Biden (D). Although, some states are too close to be projected. These states include Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, N. Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The Associated Press is reporting Georgia in favor of Donald Trump at this hour with 50.3% over Joe Biden with only 48.5%.

The Associated Press is reporting Michigan in favor of Joe Biden at this hour with 49.7% over Donald Trump with only 48.8%.

They are reporting Nevada in favor of Joe Biden with 49.2%, N. Carolina in favor of Donald Trump with 50.1%, Pennsylvania in favor of Trump with 53.5%, and Wisconsin in favor of Biden with 49.6%, but he is only up by nearly 20,000 votes. Of course, all of these being likely to go in one direction.

As of 1:40 pm CDT, AP is projecting Joe Biden is the winner of Wisconsin.

If all of these states are going in favor of the respective candidate, the outcome of the election would end with Joe Biden taking victory of Donald Trump with a tight battle of 270-268. 

Meanwhile, some local elections have finished results (or projections) as reported by KSAT, WOAI, and Business Insider.

For Texas House 21, the race between Wendy Davis (D) and Chip Roy (R-incumbent) ended with Chip Roy ultimately being the winner with 52.08% (233,766) compared to Wendy Davis who had only 45.23%, (203,028) as reported by Business Insider.

For Texas House 23 between Tony Gonzales (R) and Gina Ortiz Jones (D), Gonzales takes the victory there with 50.66% of the vote (147,496). Ortiz Jones only had 46.51% (135,415) as reported by Business Insider.

For the Senate, which is a big race alongside the presidential election, there was John Cornyn (R-incumbent) vs M.J. Hegar (D). Business Insider projected a landslide victory for Cornyn with 53.71% of the vote, (5,907,837) while M.J. Hegar had only 43.67% of the vote. (4,803,674) Every county with the exception of El Paso, Culberson, Presidio, Dallas, Harris, Fort Bend, Travis, Hays, Bexar, Zavala, Maverick, Dimmit, Webb, Duval, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron had a majority in favor of Cornyn.

KSAT projected that Steve Allison, (R-incumbent) has beat Celina Montoya (D) for State Representative 121, and Javier Salazar (D-incumbent) has beat Gerry Rickhoff (R) for Sheriff of Bexar County.

WOAI is reporting that Joaquin Castro (D-incumbent) will keep his seat on the U.S. House District 20 after defeating opponent Mauro Garza (R), in that race with a whopping 65.3% of the vote.

Map courtesy of 270towin.com (Current standings)
Map courtesy of 270towin.com (If All states leaning as of now become projected)