Joe Biden has won the White House and will become the nation’s 46th president. Sen. Kamala Harris is the first woman in the country to be elected to the vice presidency. They will inherit a nation grappling with a devastating pandemic and a fight for racial equality that have divided and energized the electorate.
Latest updates from today:
4:56 p.m. Biden to speak at 5 p.m. and declare victory: After days of restless waiting while the votes were counted, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were expected declare victory at 5 p.m. Saturday night. They will speak to supporters at a drive-in celebration in downtown Wilmington, Del. Harris will introduce Biden, who secured the votes needed Saturday to become the 46th president of the United States.
4:40 p.m. Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland has a new message: The marquee of the historic Oakland theater now reads, “America Just Told Trump You’re Fired!” The new message is a nod to President Trump’s catchphrase on the NBC reality show he hosted called, “The Apprentice,” where he told contenders, “You’re fired,” when they were eliminated from the reality show competition. The theater’s previous marquee read, “This Is America Every Vote Must Be Counted,” a response to President Trump’s attempts to stop battleground states from counting the remaining votes for the presidential election.
3:50 p.m. Trump lawsuit challenges Arizona count: For days, Republicans have said they were confident of a fair vote count in Arizona. But the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Saturday alleging the opposite. The suit claims Maricopa County (Phoenix) used voting machines that incorrectly rejected some votes cast on election day. Democrat Joe Biden secured the votes he needed Saturday to become president when Pennsylvania was called in his favor. Although Biden doesn’t need to win Arizona, he still led President Trump by 21,188 ballots there, with 97% of the estimated vote counted.
3:37 p.m. Thousands of pro-Trump protesters gather at state Capitol: A few thousand supporters of President Trump, many waving Trump and American flags, gathered outside the state Capitol building in Sacramento on Saturday. Anti-vaccine activists led the crowd and encouraged people to challenge the election and not wear masks. “I don’t wear a mask because, you know what, it’s not healthy for me and it’s not healthy for freedom,” said Tara Thornton, an activist opposed to vaccines and coronavirus public-health orders. “We have immune systems made perfect by God.” Dozens of drivers who passed the protest blared the song “F— Donald Trump,” by rapper YG, on their stereos. Nearby, there were smaller gatherings of support for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the Capitol park.
3:21 p.m. Biden expected to name coronavirus task force Monday: President-elect Joe Biden will name 12 people to a coronavirus task force on Monday, Axios and CNN reported. Biden has said that combating the pandemic, with a foundation in science, will be a top priority for his administration. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University will co-chair the task force, both outlets reported.
3:20 p.m. Man lobs paper towels over White House fence in nod to Trump’s hurricane response in Puerto Rico: A masked man draped in the flag of Puerto Rico lobbed a package of Bounty paper towel rolls over the fence of the White House, according to a video posted to Twitter by a Washington Post reporter. Some onlookers cheered. The fence was covered with signs that read, “Say their names,” “Count every vote,” and “people build peace.” The man reportedly said, “Never forget,” a reference to when President Trump tossed paper towels into a crowd of residents in Puerto Rico during a visit after a hurricane ravaged the island in 2017.
2:50 p.m. Celebrations reach Harris’ Bay Area childhood home: Crowds of people descended on Sen. Kamala Harris’ childhood home in Berkeley, where masked people filled the street to dance and celebrate. Christian Arana, the policy director for the Latino Community Foundation, tweeted a video of the crowd dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy.” People danced along to the beat, and children and adults danced in the middle of the residential street. Arana said on Twitter that Saturday marked an “incredible day” for the city of Berkeley, and added, “A Californian and a woman of color are headed to the White House!” Read the story here.
2:32 p.m. Schaaf lauds Biden, but especially Harris: Moments before hopping into a flame-spewing art car resembling a giant snail, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf hailed Joe Biden’s victory as one that will benefit cities like Oakland “that have been tortured by the president.” But her most passionate words were saved for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who she said she’s known for more than 25 years. “Kamala: my sister, my friend, my fellow Oaktown girl, we are hella proud of you. I love you,” she said, breaking into tears. Then she climbed into the snail car for a victory ride along the lake.
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2:30 p.m. Political leaders speak out on presidential result: Here’s what President-elect Joe Biden, Vice-president elect Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and more have said about the election.
2:23 p.m. New tweet from Harris: “We did this—together,” she tweeted. Read more here about Harris and her pathbreaking achievement.
2:15 p.m. Draymond Green celebrates chance for NBA champs to renew White House tradition: Shortly after the election was called for Biden, Warriors forward Draymond Green tweeted, “Yoooo @KingJames y’all can go to the White House and celebrate y’all title G!” LeBron James responded, tweeting, “YO we back up in there my G!!! I’m taking my tequila and vino too.” Read the story here.
1:51 p.m. Revelers flood the Castro: Hundreds of happy people descended upon the Castro, while a truck-driven drumline made its way through the Mission District, as seen by Chronicle reporter Michael Williams.
1:47 p.m. Rep. Jackie Speier hails “thrilling” moment: Speier, who represents San Mateo, told KRON4 it was “thrilling” to get news of Biden’s victory. “I was very excited,” she said, adding that Biden’s election is “ending what has been a four-year nightmare.”
1:16 p.m. Celebrations around the world: Fireworks were heard in London and Edinburgh, church bells in Paris and celebrations occurred in a number of nations around the world, The Hill reported.
1:11 p.m. Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulates Biden: Sanders, who competed for the Democratic nomination but lost to now President-elect Joe Biden, tweeted: Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their historic win. In this incredibly difficult moment in American history, I wish them the best as they attempt to bring our nation together around an agenda of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”
1 p.m. Pro-Trump protest in Sacramento: Anti-vaccine activists are leading a pro-Trump protest at the California Capitol. “We have immune systems made perfect by God,” one speaker said. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner is there.
11:59 a.m. GOP not buying a Biden win: Some House Republicans said they’re not prepared to accept a Biden presidency yet. After the race was called for President-elect Joe Biden, a number of GOP representatives, like Rep. Marwayne Mullin from Oklahoma, reiterated support for President Trump “as he continues to fight for every legal vote to be counted.”
11:47 a.m. Celebration swells in S.F.’s Castro District: A colorful, flag-filled celebration quickly got underway in the Castro after Joe Biden secured enough votes for the presidency Saturday. A few hours after, the growing party had spilled into the streets, prompting road closures. Chronicle staff writer Michael Williams is there, documenting the scene. “Champagne is being popped, bubbles are being blown and folks are dancing in the street,” Williams reported.
Now it’s an actual ~street~ party. Cops look overwhelmed but are hands-off, just directing traffic. pic.twitter.com/ltTVvCVlPa
— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) November 7, 2020
11:44 a.m. Former governor Jerry Brown celebrates — in Latin: Former California governor Jerry Brown offered a characteristically cerebral tweet commemorating the election of Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris: “Ad astra per aspera!” he wrote. The phrase translates to “through hardships to the stars.”
11:31 a.m. Trump spends morning on the golf course: President Trump was golfing at his course in Northern Virginia President Trump was golfing at the time his hopes for a second term came to an end. He sent out a statement claiming to fight on shortly after media outlets called the election for Joe Biden, but has not yet addressed the media in person.
11:15 a.m. Biden plans to name coronavirus task force on Monday: President-elect Joe Biden plans to announce his 12-person coronavirus task force on Monday, CNN reports. The task force will likely be lead by three cochairs: Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Yale University’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, sources told the network.
11:10 a.m. Arreguín celebrates a ‘daughter of Berkeley’: Mayor Jesse Arreguín cheered Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s historic win, calling her “a daughter of Berkeley.” Harris’s mother Shyamala Gopalan received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 1964, the same year she gave birth to Harris. Though born at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Harris’s family lived on Milvia Street and Bancroft Way in Berkeley until she was 12.
11:05 a.m. Donald Trump was all about Donald Trump, from start to finish: As the nation prepares to welcome in a new leader, Chronicle staff writer John Wildermuth looks back at the last four years of Donald Trump, a presidency unlike any other.
11:03 a.m. Celebrations in Cole Valley: Passing cars honked, cheers broke out, and one car drove by the corner of Frederick and Clayton Streets booming the Star Spangled Banner with the windows rolled down, as residents hailed the imminent end of the Trump administration.
10:49 a.m. Romney offers rare congratulations from GOP camp: Utah Sen. Mitt Romney became one of the first prominent Republicans to congratulate Joe Biden on his win Saturday. Neither Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell nor House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, have publicly commented. Romney broke with GOP leaders Friday when he condemned President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud Friday. Romney called Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris “people of good will and admirable character.”
10:39 a.m. Add one more to Harris’ long list of ‘firsts’: Prior to sending Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to the White House, Democrats had never before nominated a president or vice president from west of the Rocky Mountains. Yorba Linda-born Richard Nixon and California governor Ronald Reagan were both Republicans.
10:30 a.m. Obama congratulates Biden, Harris: ‘could not be prouder’: Former President Barack Obama said he “could not be prouder” to congratulate Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris and their families on their victory Saturday. Obama praised Joe Biden’s readiness to serve the nation’s highest office. “Joe’s got what it takes to be president and already carries himself that way,” Obama said in a statement Saturday. He also encouraged Americans to “lower the temperature” to find common ground in the aftermath of the divisive election.
10:15 a.m. Celebrations spread across San Francisco: Bay Area residents took to the streets to express their relief Saturday morning after four tense days of election results. Spontaneous cheers went up across the region from Berkeley’s Marin Circle to San Francisco’s Twin Peaks. Valencia Street flooded with hooting bicyclists, car honks echoed off San Francisco City Hall and parks around the Bay Area flooded with masked revelers happy to have a reason to celebrate after several days glued to election coverage. The victory cheers ranged from the collective to the individual. One woman simply walked alone up Solano Avenue, banging a pot in honor of the Biden-Harris victory.
10:09 a.m. Hillary Clinton calls election ‘a repudiation of Trump’: Hillary Clinton called the Biden-Harris election “a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together,” in a tweet Saturday.
9:54 a.m. Who will replace Kamala Harris in the Senate? It’s up to Gavin Newsom: It didn’t take long when Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate in August for people to begin wondering who Gov. Gavin Newsom might appoint as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. Now after months of speculation — and plenty of public and private lobbying — Newsom has a decision to make about who will be California’s next junior senator. Read the latest on Newsom’s decision and its consequences here from The Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff.
9:50 a.m. Street celebrations in San Francisco as Biden wins presidency: The Bay Area was barely awake when television screens and social media declared Joe Biden the winner in the presidential race over President Trump. As the news spread, many residents took to the streets, singing, banging pots, honking horns and in one case, singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Read The Chronicle’s story on the region’s reaction here.
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) November 7, 2020
9:46 a.m. Kamala Harris, frame by frame: See The Chronicle’s photo essay of Sen. Kamala Harris’ rise to the vice presidency here, featuring Chronicle archival photos spanning her career.
9:45 a.m. Social media erupts after Biden-Harris victory: Twitter erupted after news networks called the election for Democrat Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, with celebrities and non-celebrities posting a flood of confetti-laced memes and comments. Many highlighted Sen. Kamala Harris’s history-making victory, highlighting her many “firsts.” As one viral tweet simply read, “first woman, first Black, first Asian, first HBCU grad.” Emotions ran the gamut, from silly to heartfelt. Commentators posted memes of Oprah sobbing and images of Harris side-by-side with other change-makers like Shirley Chisholm and Ruby Bridges.
9:36 a.m. ‘We did it, Joe’: Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted a video capturing her speaking on the phone with Joe Biden after winning the White House. See the historic moment here.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
9:25 a.m. Harris’ husband ‘so proud’: Sen. Kamala Harris has not yet spoken about her historic election Saturday, but her husband Doug Emhoff tweeted a photo of himself hugging Harris with a message that read, “So proud of you.”
9:22 a.m. Associated Press calls Nevada for Biden: The Associated Press called Nevada for Joe Biden Saturday afternoon, not long after calling Pennsylvania as election officials continued counting ballots in those states.
9:15 a.m. Oakland’s Schaaf cheers “decency, compassion” of Biden-Harris win: America said “yes to a Black, Indian-American woman from Oakland, California,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement hailing Sen. Kamala Harris’s election as vice president Saturday morning. But the mayor offered a somber corollary to her excitement, saying, “Today’s victory was not the overwhelming repudiation of the hateful rhetoric and unethical acts of Donald Trump we had hoped.”
9:10 a.m. Newsom, Breed celebrate Biden victory: California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed cheered the Biden-Harris victory Saturday morning, with Newsom calling it the “victory America needed.” Breed said the pride she feels seeing a Black woman elevated to the second highest office in the country is “hard to put into words.” Sen. Kamala Harris will “bring the hopes and dreams of so many little girls with her” to the White House, Breed said in a statement.
9:09 a.m. Pelosi: ‘Today marks the dawning of a new day of hope’ for divided nation: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement following Joe Biden’s victory Saturday, saying that Americans had elected “elected a leader ready on Day One to finally begin to crush the coronavirus so we can safely reopen our economy and schools.” She also said Biden would be a unifier who values faith, family and community, and who will work tirelessly to heal our nation.”
9:02 a.m. Trump says it’s not over: In a statement issued shortly after Joe Biden secured the votes he needed to win the election, President Trump said “this election is far from over.” Trump has for days baselessly insisted that the election was being “rigged” against him. Trump also pledged to push legal action that, so far, experts and judges have found to lack merit. “I will not rest until the American people have the honest vote count they deserve and that democracy demands,” Trump said.
8:54 a.m. Statement from President-elect Joe Biden: Joe Biden said he was “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” in a statement Saturday. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together,” Biden said.
8:51 a.m. Here’s what Joe Biden wants to do as president, and what could stop him: Joe Biden won the White House with one of the most progressive agendas of any major party presidential candidate in history. But his ability to implement any of it will depend on whether he can govern a divided nation through what he called a “perfect storm” of four crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic that has taken more than 230,000 American lives. Read critical analysis on what’s to come from The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli here.
8:46 a.m. Kamala Harris blazes trail that women and people of color hope will make their journeys easier: California Sen. Kamala Harris’ election as vice president is more than a data point for the history books. It’s a long-sought achievement for women and people of color that could forever change the face of politics. Harris, 56, will be the first woman ever to be elected vice president or to be part of a winning presidential ticket, assuming that none of the Trump campaign’s litigation over the election process derails the results. She will also be the first Black person and first Asian American to be vice president. Read the full story from The Chronicle here.
8:25 a.m. CNN, AP call race for Biden: CNN and the Associated Press have called the presidential race for Joe Biden on Saturday morning, denying President Trump a second term. Sen. Kamala Harris is the nation’s first woman elected to the vice presidency. Read The Chronicle’s story on this historic moment here.
8:22 a.m. Prop. 22 has passed. Here’s what it means for California’s gig-economy: Gig workers for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates in the state will remain independent contractors, rather than reclassified as employees under AB5, the state’s gig-work law. For the average Californian, the biggest impact may be what goes away: TV shows will no longer be studded with a barrage of Prop. 22 commercials and mailboxes will no longer be stuffed full of glossy flyers, now that the gig companies have finished spending their record $205.7 million to pass the measure. The Chronicle’s Carolyn Said broke down the impact of the historically expensive ballot measure.
8:18 a.m. Arizona results boost Trump, but it’s not enough to make an impact: President Trump won the latest batch of votes Maricopa County, enough to put only a small dent in Democrat Joe Biden’s lead. But it was not enough to overtake Biden, who is winning the state 49.5% to Trump’s 48.9%. More results are expected at 7 p.m. Saturday, but the next batch is likely to be much smaller, election officials said.
8:08 a.m. Biden keeps lead with Phoenix tallies: Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona fell slightly to 20,573 votes with the latest batch of results from Maricopa County, likely to be the last big release from the battleground county.
8:05 a.m. Early voting begins in high-stakes Georgia run-offs: The next president is likely to inherit a Republican-led Senate, unless Democrats triumph in Georgia’s run-off elections in January. Early voting for the January 5 Senate races begins on Monday. Democrats would need to win both races to take control of the Senate. The Washington Post took a look at Democrats’ chances.
7:57 a.m. Signs of Biden stability in Arizona: A new batch of votes from Arizona grew Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump to just shy of 28,000 votes Saturday morning. Biden’s lead in the state dwindled slightly overnight. More results from Arizona are expected within the hour.
7:48 a.m. Updated Arizona numbers coming soon: Results from the majority of remaining Maricopa County, Arizona ballots are expected to be announced around 8 a.m., ABC News reported. The county had just under 100,000 untallied ballots as of Friday evening, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN, approximately half of the total number of untallied ballots statewide.
7:34 a.m. Arizona official addresses baseless accusations of voter fraud: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs fired back at critics crying voter fraud Saturday, tweeting, “If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s on you, but don’t show up when you don’t like the result & scream fraud w/no evidence.” Hobbs previously took to Twitter to denounce the bogus so-called “sharpiegate” rumors, saying ballot scanners in Arizona read all types of pens and markers.
7:18 a.m. More coronavirus cases in Trump’s orbit: Seven people tied to the White House or Trump’s re-election campaign now have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. In addition to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, one campaign official and five White House staffers have also tested positive, the New York Times reported.
6:53 a.m. Nevada faces pressure — and Internet jokes — for its slow count: Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) faced mounting attention and pressure Saturday to wrap up its vote count, which has proceeded below capacity for several days. Election officials there have defended their slow and steady approach when asked why they have chosen to process 50,000 ballots a day when the county has the capacity to process 71,000 ballots a day. The state got the meme treatment online, with some commenters comparing Nevada’s snail-paced count to that of a solitaire-playing office slacker or the sloth from Zootopia.
6:39 a.m. Arizona, Nevada updates expected at 9 o’clock: Democrat Joe Biden held onto his Georgia lead and looked poised to expand his margin in Pennsylvania as tallies continued to trickle in Saturday morning. Arizona and Nevada are expected to release new batches of results around 9 a.m., when Biden could clinch his definitive leads in those states.
6:38 a.m. More Trump tweets flagged as misinformation: Twitter slapped warning lables on four tweets the president sent out in the span of an hour Saturday morning. As the site has done with other tweets spreading potentially misleading information about the election, users were prompted with the warning before they could see the tweets, if they chose to. Several of President Trump’s tweets and retweets have been flagged as potentially misleading.
6:23 a.m. Slow count in North Carolina, but will it matter?: Like several other states, North Carolina hasn’t yet been called for either candidate. But unlike those states, North Carolina has stayed out of the spotlight and isn’t releasing new tallies on a daily basis. That’s because the state allows an unusually long time to receive and process postmarked ballots, Politico reported. North Carolina had about 32,000 uncounted ballots as of Friday and that tally is expected to rise as the state will keeps accepting ballots until next Thursday. Trump leads the state with 76,515 votes, with 98% of votes reported.
6:13 a.m. In Philadelphia, about 38,000 ballots left to count: There are about 38,000 uncounted ballots that still need to be tallied in Philadelphia, Omar Sabir, a Philadelphia county commissioner, told CNN Saturday morning. About 20,000 of those are so-called “problem child” ballots — ballots with any number of clerical issues that need additional scrutiny before they can be counted. The remaining 18,000 are provisional ballots. Sabir could not provide a time for when Philadelphia would release a new batch of results.
5:51 a.m. Pandemic hits milestone post-election: The U.S. set another record Friday, and it wasn’t related to voter turnout: the nation has topped 100,000 new coronavirus cases every day since Tuesday’s election. Texas became the first state to reach 1 million confirmed infections. Democrat Joe Biden addressed the spike in his Friday address, vowing to get the “skyrocketing” case load under control.
5:43 a.m. Thousands in Arizona voted, but left ‘president’ line blank: The margin separating the two presidential candidates in Arizona is less than the number of people who left their ballots blank on the presidential line, the Arizona Republic reported. Nearly 32,000 Arizona voters declined to choose between Democrat Joe Biden and President Trump, while just 29,861 votes separated the candidates as of Saturday morning.
5:11 a.m. Pennsylvania resumes ballot counting as Biden holds lead: Poll workers in Pennsylvania resumed ballot counting Saturday morning after pausing overnight. Democrat Joe Biden leads with 28,833 votes. About 90,000 mail-in ballots and 100,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted, many in the state’s two largest jurisdictions of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) began counting a batch of 29,000 mail-in ballots whose processing was delayed due to a printing error.
4:54 a.m. Georgia wrapping up count, but trove of military ballots remain: Democrat Joe Biden’s Georgia lead remained at 7,248 votes Saturday morning as Atlanta and its suburbs wrapped up their mail-in ballot tallies. Atlanta-area Gwinnett County finished counting Friday afternoon. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has confirmed that the state is headed for a recount, but that process cannot begin until the initial results are certified. Georgia has about 22,000 military, overseas and provisional ballots left to be counted, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
4:43 a.m. Biden leads popular vote handily: It’s a moot point due to the Electoral College but Democrat Joe Biden leads the popular vote by more than 4.1 million votes as of Saturday morning. More than 144 million people cast votes in the 2020 election.
4:33 a.m. No surprises — so far— Saturday: For the past two nights, the Bay Area has woken up to color changes on the electoral map: Wisconsin and Michigan went blue and were called for Joe Biden overnight Wednesday. Biden also took leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania, though those state have yet to be called. Biden’s lead in Arizona has slipped slighted, but otherwise Saturday dawned the same way Friday ended, with no new shifts or surprises in a presidential race that looked all but over. All eyes are on the major networks to see when they will call the election.
3:05 a.m. ‘Count the Vote’ rally in San Francisco today: Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Harry Bridges Plaza, along the Embarcadero, on Saturday to demand that all votes be counted in the presidential election. Labor unions and other progressive groups are organizing the rally. “Counting every vote is the bedrock of democratic participation, and we are joining together today to demand that this bedrock be honored in every election,” said Rudy Gonzalez, executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council. The event starts at noon, and attendees are directed to wear masks and socially distance.
2:24 a.m. Georgia poll worker in hiding after online threats: Election officials in Fulton County (Atlanta) said a poll worker “is currently in hiding” after he received threats over a video on Twitter that falsely accused him of throwing away a ballot. Rick Barron, the county’s elections director, said a review showed the worker was merely discarding voting instructions. Barron said the worker has been targeted after his personal information was posted online. “That has now resulted in someone having to leave his house and go stay with friends,” Barron said. “He’s afraid to drive his car because the information about his car and his license plate is out there.”
2:10 a.m. Anti-Biden protesters harass Telemundo reporter in Arizona: Disturbing, profanity laced videos that went viral show at least two Trump supporters harassing a Telemundo news crew during a live shot outside a vote center in Phoenix. The protesters, one carrying a Trump flag, shouted false allegations about Democrat Joe Biden and screamed obscenities as a security guard attempted to keep them away from the reporters. Hundreds of protesters, some armed with assault rifles, continued to gather outside a Maricopa County elections office where votes were being tabulated in the crucial battleground state.
1:49 a.m. Graham says Biden ‘deserves a cabinet,’ if elected: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wasn’t ready to concede that President Trump was on track to lose the election Friday. However, Graham has apparently mentally prepared to let the Senate’s duty proceed if Democrat Joe Biden should win. The Hill reported that Graham told reporters on a Zoom call that he would not create obstacles to Senate confirmation of a hypothetical Biden Cabinet. “When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that. The vice president deserves a Cabinet. I will give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of State, attorney general,” he said.
1:39 a.m. ‘Who’s the banana republic now?’: Jaws dropped in unison around the world as the president of the United States, his reelection fortunes flagging, demanded that vote counting be halted and baselessly alleged fraud and election rigging, the Associated Press reports. Especially in countries that Washington has long advised on running elections, many wondered if this really could be coming from the leader of what’s considered one of the world’s most emblematic democracies. The irony of seeing President Trump cut off by major TV networks as he baselessly attacked the election system was not lost: The U.S. has long been a vocal critic of strongman tactics around the world. “Who’s the banana republic now?” Colombian daily newspaper Publimetro chided on the front page.
1:04 a.m. Evangelicals stick by Trump: The conservative evangelical Christians who helped send Donald Trump to the White House four years ago stuck with him in 2020. White evangelical voters made up 23% of the vote nationwide and overwhelmingly favored Trump this fall, with about 8 in 10 backing him, according to the AP VoteCast nationwide survey. Among Catholic voters, 50% backed Trump and 49% favored Biden.
12:30 a.m. Biden’s lead has tripled in Georgia, in still-skintight race: The presidential race remains closely divided in Georgia. That said, Democrat Joe Biden has more than tripled his lead in the last 24 hours. Biden led President Trump by 7,248 votes in the wee hours of Saturday morning, according to CNN and NBC. That’s out of nearly 5 million ballots tabulated. More than 98% of the state’s estimated vote has been counted, and a recount is expected given the narrow margin.
12:29 a.m. What’s up with Alaska?: President Trump leads Joe Biden in Alaska and is expected to carry the state and its 3 electoral votes. But the state could be the last to be called because counting of mail ballots and early in-person ballots cast after Oct. 29 — that’s at least 40% of the total, Alaska Public Media says — won’t start until at least Tuesday. State officials said the wait stems from Alaska’s huge size and complicated logistics: It has polling places in dozens of villages with no road access. And theyconducxt a time-consuming process of logging election day voters’ names and cross-referencing with absentee ballots to make sure no one’s votes are counted twice.
12:10 a.m. Georgia holds key to Senate control: Two U.S. Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called by the early hours of Saturday. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, which would leave them holding 50 seats in the Senate, to the Democrats’ 48. That means that the outcome of runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats, will determine which party controls the chamber. Incumbent Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both failed to achieve the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff on Jan. 5, as did their challengers.
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 6:
11:15 p.m. Biden’s lead grows by a hair in Georgia: Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in Georgia continued to grow Friday night, albeit incrementally. Biden added 306 votes to his tally over President Trump. The former vice president was ahead by 4,430 votes overall. Biden’s advantage more than doubled Friday, but the slim margin was still on track for a recount. Georgia counties were expected to continue reporting results overnight, as more military, overseas and provisional ballots were counted.
11:11 p.m. New topic while count drags on: Will he or won’t he? Apparently some in Trumpworld already are speculating on whether the president would attend an inauguration for Democrat Joe Biden should the count continue in Biden’s favor to victory. According to Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly Trump’s White House communications chief, people around Trump believe he would defy the norms, as is his habit, and stay away. Scaramucci said on CNN however that he takes a contrary view and believes Trump would show up, as is tradition no matter how bitter the campaign.
10:50 p.m. There are good reasons why the count drags on: The slow pace of this year’s U.S. election count is fueling a lot of criticism, but it’s mostly a reflection of laudable things: greater voter enthusiasm and steps that states took to protect their residents from COVID-19, the Associated Press reports. Some 15 million more voters voted than in the 2016 election, meaning more ballots to count. Steps to make it easier to vote by mail, and therefore safer, resulted in avalanches of mail-in ballots, and extended deadlines in some states for when ballots could be received.
10:29 p.m. More infections reported in Trump’s circle: In addition to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ infection, news agencies report that four other White House officials have tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest batch among numerous people ensnared in White House outbreaks, including the president and first lady. Sources told Bloomberg News that one was Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’ closest aides. A senior Trump campaign aide, Nick Trainer, also was infected, according to Bloomberg and the New York Times. The cases raised the inevitable irony of President Trump’s repeated claim, against all evidence, that the nation is “rounding the turn” on the virus.
10:10 p.m. Pennsylvania done counting tonight, Biden builds margin: Elections officials in Pennsylvania’s two largest jurisdictions — Philadelphia County and Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) — paused counting until Saturday morning, The New York Times reports. Democrat Joe Biden significantly expanded his lead Friday, maintaining a winning trajectory as most of the outstanding ballots were in Democratic bastions of Philadephia and Allegheny County. He was ahead of President Trump by 28,178 votes, with 96% of the expected vote tabulated. Nearly 90,000 mail-in ballots awaited tabulation, more than half of them in Philadelphia and Allegheny where Biden was winning decisively.
9:45 p.m. Turns out virus was not top of mind for most: Although the Democratic campaign strategy focused heavily on damning President Trump over his handling of the pandemic, exit polls showed more voters saying the economy was most important to their vote (35%) than those who said the coronavirus was (17%), the Hill reports. The poll by Edison Research showd a sharp partisan split. Those who said the coronavirus mattered most to their vote went for Biden 82% to Trump’s 14%. Voters saying the economy mattered most went for Trump 82% to Biden’s 17%.
9:30 p.m. Amid election drama, pandemic keeps hitting records: Overshadowed by the still unfolding presidential election and the drama of a president who appears unwilling to accept its outcome, the coronavirus that has consumed 2020 marches on. On a national level, the numbers are hitting new records daily, including Friday’s report of an all-time single-day high of more than 121,000 new cases. In the Bay Area infections are growing at a gradual but pronounced uptick that began in mid-October. The presidential campaign was noteworthy for President Trump’s continued efforts to downplay the pandemic and the Democrats’ emphasis on high-alert warnings from public health leaders and infectious disease experts. Read more details here.
9:16 p.m. Another Trump lawsuit tossed: Republican attempts to delay election results continue to run into judicial walls. A federal judge in Nevada on Friday dismissed a lawsuit from President Trump’s allies that alleged the state improperly used a machine to match mail-in ballot signatures with those on voter files. Politico reports that U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Gordon, appearing deeply skeptical of the complaint, said, “There’s little to no evidence that the machine is not doing what it is supposed to do.” Gordon dismissed the case — one of numerous lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and Republicans to be thrown out in recent days.
8:55 p.m. Trump’s chief of staff has coronavirus, reports say: As Democrat Joe Biden vowed in his Friday night speech to prioritize fighting the pandemic, news broke that President Trump’s top aide reportedly is infected. Chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg and CNN reported. Meadows was in the East Room of the White House on election night, when Trump spoke to supporters, the Washington Post reported. Biden stressed Friday that the virus death toll is approaching 240,000 Americans. “We’ll never be able to measure all that pain and the loss,” Biden said. “On Day 1, we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action.”
8:38 p.m. A generational touchstone fades: There has been a member of the storied Kennedy family in Congress nearly continuously since John F. Kennedy was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1946. But 2021 will be a rare exception. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass, ran unsuccessfully for the Senate this year, losing his September primary; and Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s son Patrick, lost her bid for a House seat in New Jersey, according to the Associated Press’ call on Friday. She was defeated by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat-turned Republican.
8:27 p.m. Bay Area waits with the world: Across the Bay Area, Joe Biden supporters waited Friday for an election result that seemed achingly, tantalizingly close while the ending still remained elusive. President Trump’s smaller but still vocal band of backers in the region wasn’t ready to give up the fight, though. Read more about the Bay Area post-election scene.
8:12 p.m. Biden says ‘partisan warfare’ must end: Joe Biden ended his brief remarks Friday night with a conciliatory message. “We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies, we’re Americans,” he said. “We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare.” Biden also stressed that he’s on target to win the popular vote by a clear majority of more than 4 million votes, with his total now above 74 million votes, more than any presidential contender in U.S. history. He predicted he will be the first Democrat to win states like Arizona and Georgia in decades. He urged Americans to be patient as “all the votes” are counted, and said his administration is preparing to confront the coronavirus pandemic “on Day 1.”
7:56 p.m. Biden says numbers are ‘clear and convincing’: Joe Biden in an appearance in Delaware on Friday night stopped short of declaring victory although he is leading in his presidential race, but he said “The numbers tell a clear and convincing story. We’re going to win this race.”
7:40 p.m. Cindy McCain says late husband would ‘be very proud’ of endorsement: Cindy McCain told ABC news Friday that her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, would be pleased with her endorsement of Democrat Joe Biden. “I think my husband would be very proud of me,” she said. “I know John would want what’s best for our country, and what’s best for our country right now is not our party.” Some pundits speculated that her endorsement and TV commercials toward the latter part of the campaign may have been pivotal in building Biden’s lead in Arizona, particularly among moderate Republicans. Sen. McCain and Trump were famously not mutual fans, and Trump stunningly suggested in 2015 that McCain was not a military hero since he was captured in Vietnam and spent years as a POW. Trump was not invited to the senator’s funeral in 2018. McCain and Joe Biden, though differing on issues, were good personal friends.
7:21 p.m. U.S. Senate race in Georgia heads to runoff: Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue’s Senate seat, after neither was able to clear the 50% threshold needed for an outright win. Counting of thousands of absentee ballots and in-person votes cast early forced a long and tense wait before the race could be called.
7:18 p.m. Biden picks up 5,425 votes in Pennsylvania: Democrat Joe Biden gained steam in Pennsylvania Friday night, expanding his lead to 25,588 votes. Biden’s lead grew after he made a net gain of 5,425 votes in Allegheny. County, which inclu
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