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:
7:28 a.m. SCOTUS deals Trump effort major blow: A day after The Supreme Court, in a one-sentence order, denied a long-shot request by Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — the latest in a string of legal losses for President Trump’s allies and the first to reach the high court — the president said Wednesday that his campaign will join another improbable case before the court. It challenges election results in Pennsylvania and other states that he lost. The high court has asked for responses by Thursday in that case brought by the Texas attorney general. Out of the roughly 50 lawsuits around the country contesting the Nov. 3 vote, Trump has lost more than 35 and the others are pending, according to an Associated Press tally.
Updates from Wednesday Dec. 2:
10:30 a.m. Trump all but says he’s running again in 2024: Speaking at a White House event on Tuesday, Donald Trump hinted that he will run for the presidency again in 2024. “It’s been an amazing four years,” the president told members of the Republican National Committee at a Christmas party, according to multiple media reports. “We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years.” Trump has still not formally conceded the 2020 race to President-elect Joe Biden. This week, federal investigators announced they are investigating the current administration for a corrupt scheme to provide political contributions in exchange for a presidential pardon from Trump.
Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 1:
11:38 a.m. Attorney general finally says the election was not fraudulent: Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. His comments come despite President Trump’s continuing claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. Barr told the Associated Press that U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have followed up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”
Updates from Monday, Nov. 30:
11:26 a.m. Arizona certifies Biden win: Arizona officials have certified that Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the state. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey stood up for the integrity of the election even as Trump’s lawyers argued Monday without evidence to nine Republican lawmakers that the election was marred by fraud. Biden won Arizona by 0.3% of the nearly 3.4 million ballots cast, a margin of just under 10,500 votes. He’s the second Democrat in 70 years to win the state.
Updates from Friday, Nov. 27:
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11:02 a.m. Yet another defeat for Trump in court: A federal appeals court panel on Friday rejected President Trump’s request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results. A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals — in a sharply worded opinion written by Trump appointee Judge Stephanos Bibas — said that Trump’s challenge had “no merit,” the Washington Post reports. “Calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Bibas wrote.
8:30 a.m. Trump says ‘certainly’ he will leave if electors formalize Biden win: President Trump said for the first time that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat. “Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January.
8:28 a.m. Janet Yellen, expected Treasury Secretary nominee, has deep Bay Area connections: Yellen was a UC Berkeley professor of economics for around two decades and president of the San Francisco Fed. Former colleagues recall a brilliant colleague who cared about the human effects of economics. Read more details here.
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 25:
1:54 p.m. Trump pardons Michael Flynn: President Trump pardoned Michael Flynn Wednesday, effectively ending protracted legal proceedings facing Trump’s former national security adviser. Flynn previously pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat. Flynn was the only member of the Trump White House to be convicted as part of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged Russian collusion. Trump wished Flynn and his family a “truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” on Twitter.
12:49 p.m. Trump pushes for firing squads, dozens of last-minute policy changes: The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of midnight policy changes, ProPublica reports. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions for federal executions. The rules affect everything from showerheads and clothes washers to life-or-death issues like international refugees.They impact the most powerful, like oil drillers and tech startups, to the most vulnerable, such as families on food stamps, transgender people in homeless shelters, migrant workers and endangered species.
9:55 a.m. Biden surpasses 80 million votes: More than 80 million Americans voted to send President-elect Joe Biden to the White House, a stunning record that eclipses the prevous high mark, President Barack Obama’s nearly 70 million votes in 2008 with Biden then as his vice presidential running mate. The numbers are still growing as states continue counting the last of the ballot avalanche that included massive numbers of mailed ballots across the nation. President Trump lost his re-election bid to Biden but still garnered 73.8 million votes.
9:50 a.m. Who will replace Sen. Harris in California?: Pressure has ramped up for Gov. Gavin Newsom to select either a Black woman or a Latino to fill Sen. Kamala Harris’ seat in the U.S. Senate when she resigns in January to become vice president. Both groups have long been underrepresented in elected office, even as their voting power and political influence has grown. Read more here.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 25:
2:27 p.m. Trump says he’s not giving up: PresidentTrump insisted Tuesday that he is not giving up his fight to overturn the election results — despite a string of court failures — but across the federal government, preparations were beginning in earnest to support President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. Within hours of GSA’s recognition Monday evening of Biden’s victory, career federal officials opened the doors of agencies to hundreds of transition aides preparing for Biden to take office Jan. 20.
1:46 p.m. Happy pollsters got it right in California: Voters in key battleground states fooled pollsters again this presidential election, but in California they did just what the polls suggested they would. California’s election forecasts were almost smack on the final numbers, a rare bright spot for the much criticized industry. Democrats’ dominance in the state makes the state much easier to predict. California pollsters say their detailed knowledge of the state helped. Read the story from The Chronicle’s John Wildermuth.
1:30 p.m. White House finally allows Biden to receive intelligence briefings: The White House gave formal approval for President-elect Biden to receive the President’s Daily Brief, according to a White House official. The daily briefings contain classified intelligence information, including vital details about national security and threats. The move follows the announcement by the General Services Administration on Monday that the formal transition of government can proceed.
10:42 a.m. Nevada high court accepts Biden win: The seven judges of the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday officially accepted the results of the 2020 election, handing the state’s six electoral votes to Biden. The president-elect defeated Trump by more than 33,000 votes. Gov. Steve Sisolak was to take the final ministerial step of issuing certificates of election.
9:20 a.m. Pennsylvania certifies Biden win: Pennsylvania certified its election results Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on the slate of 20 electors that will be cemented in the column of President-elect Joe Biden. The move follows certification of the results in Michigan on Monday and Georgia on Friday. All three were battleground states that President won in 2016 and Biden flipped. Trump and Republican allies had tried to halt the certification in Pennsylvania for weeks through a flurry of litigation, but were constantly rebuffed by judges who found the effort lacked any evidence of fraud.
Updates from Monday, Nov. 23:
3:25 p.m. Trump signals he is ready to concede: In a series of tweets on Monday, outgoing President Trump thanked Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration who is in charge of signing off on the transition to the Biden administration, signaling that he was ready to concede he lost the election. “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused — and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” Trump tweeted. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
Updates from Saturday, Nov. 14:
12:22 p.m. Crowd gathers in Washington, D.C. to back Trump: Thousands of President Trump’s supporters filled the streets of Washington, D.C. Saturday to back the president’s evidence-free claim that he won re-election, even though Democrat Joe Biden won more than enough electoral votes to become the president-elect. Trump waved to his supporters as his motorcade rolled down Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday morning.
9:14 a.m. Republicans grab another state congressional seat: Former GOP Assemblywoman Young Kim reversed her 2018 defeat and beat Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros of Yorba Linda (Orange County). It’s the second congressional district Republicans have flipped, both of them in Orange County.
Election updates from Friday, Nov. 13
12:54 p.m. Trump wins North Carolina: President has secured a win over President-elect Joe Biden in the red state of North Carolina, which had a longer vote count than many states. The Associated Press joined other outlets in calling the race Friday. Trump was projected to take the state by 50% to 48.7%, though the state’s electoral votes do change the winning electoral vote achieved by Biden.
12:15 p.m. Some outlets call Georgia for Biden: Media outlets declared Friday that President-elect Joe Biden has won Georgia, and that President Trump as expected cemented a win in North Carolina. CNN, the Washington Post and Poltico are among those calling Georgia for Biden whose lead was more than 14,000 votes as the state began a recount Friday. Georgia’s 16 electoral votes put Biden’s count at 306, which President Trump repeatedly called a landslide after he won 306 electoral votes in 2016.
11:34 a.m. Federal appeals court rejects GOP suit: A federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Friday rejected an effort led by a Republican congressional candidate to block about 9,300 ballots that arrived after election day. The three-judge panel noted the “unprecedented challenges” facing the nation this year, especially the “vast disruption” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
10:07 a.m. CNN reports Trump drops suit in Arizona: Lawyers for the Trump campaign have dropped a lawsuit in Arizona seeking a review of all ballots cast on election day after finding that the margin of victory for the presidential contest in the state could not be overcome, CNN reported Friday.
9:57 a.m. Oakland council races settled: In Oakland, incumbents Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo and Dan Kalb and challenger Carroll Fife claimed victory as all five City Council ranked-choice races were settled. Newcomer Treva Reid won her father’s seat for District Seven. Barbara Parker won re-election as city attorney. Twenty people ran in the Nov.3 City Council election. Read more here.
9:40 a.m. Pelosi’s explanation for losing House seats: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco continued to defend her caucus losing House seats, saying Friday that President Trump on the ballot made it harder for Democrats to win in red districts, the Washington Post reports. “We had a very deep victory two years ago. … Of the 40 seats that we won, 31 were in Trump districts. He wasn’t on the ballot, and right away we said he’s going to be on the ballot, that’s a steeper climb in these districts,” Pelosi told a news conference. “We saved most of those seats.” She said she’s looking ahead to the midterms when some of those ousted Democrats might run again.
9:18 p.m. Putin not yet on board: Russia stuck to its outlier stance Friday of failing to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, whom President Trump has consistently refused to criticize, said Putin would send a congratulatory telegram to “the person named the president-elect” when the official results are announced, according to the Washington Post.
9:14 a.m. China congratulates Biden: After days of silence, China on Friday congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his election, signaling a start to its relations with the incoming administration after years of hostility and distrust under President Trump. “We express our congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” Wang Wenbin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, said at a news conference, referring to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “We respect the choice of the American people.”
9:01 a.m Obama says GOP indulgence of Trump is dangerous: Former President Barack Obama says that beyond President Trump’s refusal to accept his loss to Joe Biden, he’s more troubled by Republicans who clearly know better” humoring Trump instead of acknowledging Biden’s win. Obama told “60 Minutes” that it’s “one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path.”
8:40 a.m. Prop. 19 implementation questions arise: Proposition 19, which would expand one California property tax break for older adults and curtail another for transfers of real estate between parents and children, has passed by a narrow margin — but some questions about its implementation remain. The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender breaks it down here.
8:17 a.m. Voting patterns show Democratic alignment in state: Voting maps showing how California’s politics have evolved over the past half-century find Los Angeles aligned more frequently with the liberal Bay Area than with the rest of Southern California — and sometimes the two have diverged from the rest of the state. The Bay Area and L.A. have grown much more Democratic since 1980, while the interior votes much like it did in the late 1960s. Read more here.
7:30 a.m. The young folks arrive: Bay Area youth saw two historic wins: James Coleman, 21, a climate activist and Harvard University student, beat South San Francisco’s mayor to become the city’s youngest council member ever and first openly LGBTQ councilman. In the South Bay, recent UC Davis graduate Alex Lee, a Democrat bisexual, defeated a Republican Assembly member to become California’s youngest state legislator in a century, and the youngest Asian American member ever. Read about their historic wins here.
7:22 a.m. CEOs alarmed at Trump stance: Only a few of America’s CEOs have made public statements about President Trump’s refusal to accept his election loss, but many are privately alarmed and talking about what collective action would be necessary if they see an imminent threat to democracy, the Associated Press reports. On Nov. 6, more than two dozen CEOs of major U.S. corporations had a video conference to discuss what to do if Trump refuses to leave office or takes other steps to stay in power beyond the scheduled Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
7:16 a.m. Federal, state panel says election most secure in history: A coalition of federal and state officials found no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in the Nov. 3 presidential election, rejecting unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud advanced by President Trump. The statement late Thursday, by officials who coordinate election cybersecurity, trumpeted the election as the most secure in American history. It amounted to the most direct repudiation so far of Trump’s efforts to undermine the integrity of the contest, and echoed repeated assertions by election experts and state officials.
7:09 a.m. Biden Arizona win cemented: President-elect Biden has flipped Arizona, winning the previously red state by a margin of more than 11,000 votes, major media outlets now have concurred. The Associated Press and Fox News had called the state for Biden on election night, while others held off as counting continued and President Trump narrowed Biden’s lead.
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 12:
2:59 p.m. Billionaire Trump donors infected: Two of Donald Trump’s billionaire donors have COVID-19, months after downplaying the coronavirus risk to their employees, according to the Guardian. Richard and Liz Uihlein, who own the Uline packaging company based in Wisconsin and are two of the Republican party’s most significant financial backers, told employees on Wednesday that they had contracted the disease after being “around people with COVID.” The company has been criticized in the past for not taking the pandemic seriously enough.
2:50 p.m. Arizona audits reveal no fraud: More than half of all counties in Arizona have conducted post-election audits and found either no discrepancies or microscopic issues that don’t affect the outcome, according to reports filed with the secretary of state’s office, CNN reports. Audits in Arizona’s four largest counties, which comprised 86% of all votes for president in the state, turned up no evidence of the systematic voter fraud that President Trump has complained about. There were no irregularities found in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix. In ongoing counting, President-elect Joe Biden leads Trump by more than 11,000 votes.
1:02 p.m. Small court victory for Trump in Pannsylvania: A Pennsylvania appellate court handed President Trump’s campaign a minor victory Thursday, barring counties from including in their vote tallies a small pool of mail ballots from people who had failed to provide ID by a Monday deadline, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The Commonwealth Court judge struck down a decision by the state to give voters more time, post-election, to fulfill the ID requirement.
12:28 p.m. Trump spreads disinformation on voting software: President Trump on Thursday spread new baseless claims about Dominion Voting Systems, which makes software that local governments around the nation use to help run their elections, fueling a conspiracy theory that Dominion “software glitches” changed vote tallies in Michigan and Georgia last week. The Dominion software was used in only two of the five counties that had problems in Michigan and Georgia, and in every instance there was a detailed explanation for what had happened. In all of the cases, software did not affect the vote counts, the New York Times reports.
10:51 a.m. White House plots last-minute conservative policy moves: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has his team working on a list of conservative goals that can be accomplished in President Trump’s final 10 weeks on immigration, trade, health care, China and school choice, Politico reports. Among executive orders and actions and rule finalizations they are eyeing is a rule related to making the standards stricter around H-1B visas, which allow U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations, Politico reports.
9:48 a.m. Voter turnout smashes records: More Americans voted in the 2020 election than any other in more than 100 years, the Washington Post reports. Nearly 65 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot — a figure that will increase as more votes are tabulated. The figures shattered the 2008 turnout when Barack Obama defeated John McCain, and the Kennedy-Nixon turnout of 1960. Only 8 states appear on track to fall short of record turnout. California is expected to reach just under 65% turnout when votes are all tallied, breaking its 2008 record of 61%.
9:21 a.m. Pelosi says ‘stop the circus’: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco called on Republicans to stop “embracing the ridiculous shenanigans Trump is forcing them to do in the election and focus on what people need.” She told a news conference the election “was more a referendum on who can handle COVID well than anything else” and that in electing Joe Biden the voters repudiated President Trump’s approach. “Stop the circus and get to work on what really matters to the American people: their health, and economic security,” she urged Republicans.
8:44 a.m. Un-American denial, resistance: The Chronicle’s editorial page editor John Diaz summarizes the upshot of President Trump’s “delusion and denial,” unfounded cries of a stolen election, his purge of top Pentagon officials, and blocking of a presidential transition: “These are the actions of a desperate dictator clinging to power against the will of his people,” Diaz writes in an opinion piece.
8:31 a.m. Biden win spurs hopes for better S.F. relationship with White House: Hopes for a safe injection site in San Francisco to quell skyrocketing overdoses during the pandemic may find a new opening with Joe Biden’s election — without fear of retaliation from the federal government. It’s one of many areas where the city that’s been the target of angry, all-caps tirades from the president on Twitter could see an easier relationship with the White House. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
8:09 a.m. Trump plies suits as Biden lead grows: Trump loyalists have filed at least 15 legal challenges in Pennsylvania in a bid to reclaim the state’s 20 electoral votes, as ballot counts put President-elect Joe Biden more than 53,000 votes ahead as of Thursday. Legal action also proceeded in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan as the president insists without evidence that the election was stolen from him. Yet GOP and Democratic election officials nationwide say there’s been no conspiracy.
7:56 a.m. California education community cheers advent of Biden: After four years of school voucher talk from the Trump administration, the state’s education community was giddy after Joe Biden’s presidential victory, with his platform of more money for teachers, increased pandemic support and free college tuition. “I’m excited for our country,” said California schools SuperintendentTony Thurmond. “Biden wants to be a partner.” A renowned Bay Area education expert, Linda Darling-Hammond, is leading Biden’s education transition team. Read the story here.
7:46 a.m. Even Bay Area finds unity a tall order: With the election concluded, political and cultural divisions in the country if anything appear wider and starker than they were before, a dynamic that’s played out even in the mostly liberal-leaning Bay Area. Experts offer ideas on grappling with the divide, but coronavirus restrictions are starting to look like a blessing, because they may save some from a Thanksgiving that comes to blows, The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub and Rachel Swan write. Read the story here.
7:23 a.m. Beyond petty, State Department blocks Biden from his messages: The State Department is sitting on a stack of messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden instead of relaying them to him as is normal procedure, CNN reports. Traditionally, the department supports all communications for the president-elect. Biden’s team is in touch with foreign governments on its own, but without the logistical and translation support from State Department operations officials in the Trump administration’s ongoing refusal to acknowledge Biden’s victory.
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 11:
5:18 p.m. Joe Biden names Ron Klain as chief of staff: President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday named Ron Klain as his chief of staff, the first major appointment Biden has announced for his upcoming administration. Klain served as Biden’s chief of staff during Barack Obama’s first term as president, and also worked as Al Gore’s chief of staff during his time as vice president. Klain was also the “Ebola czar” during the 2014 outbreak of the disease.
2:54 p.m. Biden hits biggest popular vote percent against incumbent since FDR: President-elect Joe Biden’s 50.8% of the vote — a history-making 77 million votes — marks the largest percentage of the popular vote in a win against an incumbent president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in 1932. President Ronald Reagan in 1980 won 50.4% to beat Jimmy Carter. Roosevelt won 57.3% to oust Hoover during the Great Depression.
2:13 p.m. Huge advance vote helped election go smoothly: The 2020 election unfolded smoothly across the country, without any widespread irregularities, state officials and election experts said, in counterpoint to the baseless fraud allegations from a defeated President Trump. Election experts said the 107 million people voting early in person and by mail helped take pressure off election day operations. There were also no incidents of violence at the polls or voter intimidation. It “was one of the smoothest and most well-run elections that we have ever seen,” said Ben Hovland, appointed by Trump to the Election Assistance Commission, which works closely with officials on election administration.
1:16 p.m. GOP takes Alaska: Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska won re-election on Wednesday after a tougher-than-expected race against an independent candidate, keeping his party from losing a toehold on maintaining the Senate majority. President Trump on Wednesday also won the state and its three electoral votes, which will have no effect on President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.
12:30 p.m. Biden’s lead grows to more than 5 million over Trump’s votes: President-elect Joe Biden’s vote count has reached more than 77 million as the dust continues to settle, a historic record and more than 5 million votes ahead of President Trump’s count, even as Trump refuses to concede.
11:56 a.m. Trump campaign said to target military families in Nevada voter fraud allegations: A military spouse living in Davis — while her Air Force major husband is stationed in California — said she was stunned to find the couple accused of “criminal voter fraud” in a letter from the Trump campaign to the Justice Department. The Nov. 5 letter alleged 3,062 non-Nevada residents “improperly cast” absentee ballots in Nevada: The list of the accused contained hundreds of overseas military post office boxes and more than 1,000 locations in states where military personnel are stationed, including Edwards and Fort Irwin in California, the Military.com news site reported. Amy Rose and her husband live in Davis but she votes absentee in Henderson, Nev. where they lived until 2018. She told CNN it was “very frustrating to be used in that way … without any basis in fact,” especially given that military families are so often uprooted.
10:49 a.m. Cybersecurity endangered by Trump posture: The Trump administration’s refusal to concede could leave President-elect Joe Biden and his team flatfooted in responding to cyberattacks, the Washington Post reports. Without a formal go-ahead from the General Services Administration to start the transition, Biden’s team won’t be able to get access to classified information about cyberthreats and how the government is addressing them. It could severely handicap Biden’s team amid a slew of threats from digital adversaries including Russia, China and Iran.
9:15 a.m. Bay Area activists played role for Biden in Arizona, Georgia: Joe Biden’s success in Arizona and Georgia, two longtime red states, didn’t happen overnight, writes The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli. The work leading to those apparent victories began years ago, and much of what made them possible can be traced to the Bay Area. Read more here.
8:36 a.m. That was a preview of potential all-mail vote for California: The huge turnout and the record number of Californians who cast their votes by mail in last week’s election could mean the end of the line for the garages, school cafeterias and other neighborhood polling places. The pandemic led to to every active voter in California receiving a mail ballot, with an overwhelming response that feeds Secretary of State Alex Padillia’s push to have California make the system permanent. Read the details here.
8:18 a.m. Georgia will go to hand recount: Georgia election officials on Wednesday announced an election audit in the state that will trigger a full hand recount. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said at a news conference that the process should begin by week’s end, and last until Nov. 20. After results from the hand recount are certified, the losing campaign can then request another recount, by machine, Raffensperger said. President-elect Joe Biden leads President Trump by about 14,000 votes in the state.
8:07 a.m. Important work by the New York Times in remarkable time: The New York Times contacted top election officials in every state on Monday and Tuesday to ask whether they suspected or had evidence of illegal voting. The answer from states controlled by both political parties: no. In fact, state officials described the process as remarkably smooth. Officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times. For four more, the Times spoke to other statewide officials or found public comments from secretaries of state. Texas did not respond. But its largest county cited only a few minor issues in “a very seamless election.” The project amounted to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.
8:02 a.m. Why did S.F. alone support rent control rollback?: San Francisco was the only county in California to support Proposition 21, the Nov. 3 ballot measure that would have rolled back state restrictions on rent control. California voters decisively rejected the proposition, except for in San Francisco, the most expensive rental market in the nation. But experts say that’s not the only factor in play. Read more.
7:27 a.m. Trump aides privately acknowledge less ‘if’ than ‘when’: Ongoing vote counts continued to solidfy President-elect Joe Biden’s march to state certifications of his win, as Trump’s advisers privately acknowledged that Biden’s official victory is less a question of “if” than “when,” the Washington Post reports. Even some of his most publicly combative aides, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Republican Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel have voiced private concens about the lawsuits’ chances for success unless more evidence surfaces, the Post reported. Trump began the day tweeting about “BALLOT COUNTING ABUSE” as he and his allies touted unproven claims that fraud had tainted the election in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania.
6:40 a.m. As misinformation spreads online, will Biden crack down on Facebook?: As President Trump and his supporters continue to spread false information about the results of the election, officials from the incoming Biden administration are ramping up criticism of tech companies. Facebook has already become a target of the incoming administration’s ire. Read the full story here from The Chronicle’s Chase DiFeliciantonio and Roland Li.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 10:
7:50 p.m. Dave Cortese wins costly battle for state Senate: The Santa Clara County supervisor beat fellow Democrat Ann Ravel, an attorney, 55% to 45% in an election that attracted more outside spending than any other legislative race in California this fall. Business groups and organized labor poured more than $5 million into the campaign in the final weeks. Read more about Cortese’s victory.
7:03 p.m. Proposition 15, California’s sweeping property tax reform, defeated: The measure would have raised real estate taxes by an estimated $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion annually, but 51.8% of voters rejected it as of Tuesday. There were not enough ballots left to count to make up for the measure’s deficit of over half a million votes.
3:19 p.m. Biden official criticizes Facebook as tech could face additional regulations: Bill Russo, a Biden deputy press secretary, said Facebook was “shredding the fabric of our democracy” by allowing calls for violence and misinformation to spread. Biden has also called for revocation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields tech companies from liability from user posts. Read more about the president-elect’s potential tech policy here.
3:06 p.m. Berkeley officials seek to rename school for Kamala Harris: Berkeley Vice Mayor Sophie Hahn introduced a council resolution calling on the Berkeley Unified School District rename a local school to Kamala Harris Elementary in honor of her election to the vice presidency. A spokeswoman for the school district said the district has not initiated the process of renaming the school. Whether the district will take up Hahn’s recommendation was unclear. Read more.
2:50 p.m. Never too soon to berate the pollsters: President-elect Joe Biden is on track to win the national vote by around 5 percentage points, while no major national live-interview telephone survey showed him leading by less than 8 in the final month of the race — and once again polls underestimated President Trump’s strength, polling guru Nate Cohn wrote Tuesday. Two ways to explain the error are that pollsters’ weighting steps to address the 2016 polling errors actually misread the problem, or that whatever steps pollsters took to improve were canceled out by a new set of problems. Cohn thinks the latter makes the most sense.
2:14 p.m. Biden calls Trump behavior an ‘embarassment’: President-elect Joe Biden, asked Tuesday by reporters about President Trump’s unprecedented refusal to acknowledge he’s lost reelection, said, “It’s an embarassment. … It will not help the president’s legacy.” He also said the Republican Party at large is “slightly intimidated” by Trump, explaining why so many are humoring his efforts at legal maneuvers to show yet-unproven voter fraud in some states, even where Biden’s margin is substantial.
2:12 p.m. North Carolina Republican holds U.S. Senate seat: Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina on Tuesday, saying “the voters have spoken” and it was clear Tillis had won. With that, all eyes turned to Georgia, where two U.S. Senate runoff races in January are likely to determine the balance of the chamber.
1:04 p.m. GOP flips a California House seat. Others may follow: Republican candidate Michelle Steel defeated Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda in Orange County. She will be one of the first two Korean American women to serve in the House. Democrats’ woes continue as their House majority shrinks. The story is here.
12:31 p.m. Biden tells allies ‘America is back’: President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that he’s spoken so far with six world leaders, including in Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada and Ireland, and has numerous calls to return. “I’m letting them know that America is back we’re going to be back in the game,” he said in reference to President Trump’s troubled relationship with some of the nation’s oldest and most steadfast allies. “I feel confident that we’re going to be able to put America back in a place of respect that it had before,” he said.
12:15 p.m. Biden says intel brief ‘not critical’ right now: President-election Joe Biden said Tuesday that while President Trump is denying him the classified intelligence briefings typically afforded to incoming presidents, he sees no need to file a legal case to get the information. “Access to classified information is useful,” he told reporters, but added the nation has “one president at a time.” “It would be nice to have it but it’s not critical,” he said. “We’re going to proceed exactly as we have.” Biden, having been vice president, is intimately familiar with the world’s hot spots, relationships and intelligence issues. He also said his team has sufficient money to conduct the transition activities it needs, despite Trump’s denial of government funding that is supposed to ease that transition and provide interaction with agency officials. “We don’t see anything slowing us down,” he said, projecting a calm path forward even amid Trump and Republican outcries and litigation over presumed voter fraud, which has yet to materialize.
10:56 a.m. Wife’s vulgar comments on Sen. Harris prompt school board president resignation: The board president of Las Lomitas Elementary School District in Menlo Park resigned Sunday after vulgar comments his wife made about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris created an uproar. In resigning, Jon Venverloh, a former Google executive, stated: “Given my wife’s social media posts, which expressed reprehensible views that I do not agree with, I know that my continued service would be a distraction from the work that needs to be done in the District.” In a Twitter post Mehridith Philips Venverloh had used a profane sexual term, suggesting that all Harris needed “to be qualified” was to be Black. “No brain needed!!!”
10:50 a.m. Boris Johnson calls Biden: President-elect Joe Biden spoke by phone Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who congratulated him on his victory, according to Johnson. “I just spoke to @JoeBiden to congratulate him on his election,” Johnson tweeted. “I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities — from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic.”
10:43 a.m. Trump refuses to allow Biden to get intelligence briefings: Concerns grew Tuesday that President Trump’s refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory could undermine national security. Trump has blocked Biden from receiving the intelligence briefings traditionally shared with incoming presidents, the Associated Press reports, citing someone with knowledge of the situation. Trump’s resistance, backed by senior Republicans, could also prevent background investigations and security clearances for Biden’s prospective national security team and access to federal agencies to discuss budget and policy issues.
10:28 a.m. Pompeo inexplicably and falsely claims Trump will get a second term: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday without any support that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” multiple reporters tweeted. The remarks, supportive of the president, raised concerns about whether the Trump administration will, eventually, acquiesce to Trump’s loss and peacefully transfer power to President-elect Joe Biden.
9:19 a.m. Trump forms PAC for political fundraising: President Trump has formed a so-called leadership political action committee, a federal fund-raising vehicle that will potentially let him retain his hold on the Republican Party even after he leaves office, the New York Times reports. Such committees can accept donations of up to $5,000 per donor per year.
9:03 a.m. Defiant Trump refuses to let agencies cooperate with president-elect: The Trump White House has instructed senior government leaders to block cooperation with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, escalating a standoff that threatens the transfer of power and prompting the Biden team to consider legal action, the Washington Post reports. Officials at agencies across the government had prepared briefing books and carved out office space for the incoming Biden team to use as soon as this week. They were told Monday that would not happen until the General Services Administration, the low-profile agency that officially starts the transition, certified Biden’s win.
8:07 a.m. Trump edges up in Arizona, but outlook tough: President Trump continued gaining ground in Arizona as vote counting continued a week after election day. He had narrowed President-elect Joe Biden’s lead to 14,746 as of Tuesday morning, though some news organizations called the state for Biden saying that the numbers could not work for Trump in the end.
7:54 a.m. Pennsylvania clear win for Biden: In Pennsylvania, where President Trump is challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s win in court, Biden had amassed a lead of 45,686 as of Tuesday morning, with some outstanding ballots still being counted. largest vote margins were in dense population centers, including Philadelphia and its suburbs, and Allegheny County, which is home to Pittsburgh.
7:43 a.m. Biden lead widens in Georgia: The latest count of the few remaining ballots in Georgia put President-elect Joe Biden 12,270 votes ahead of President Trump, an increase of several thousand in the nearly-one week since the initial election night counts, the secretary of state’s tally shows. The state is ultimately headed to a recount.
7:35 a.m. Some in law firms have second thoughts: Even inside the nation’s prominent law firms preparing to help President Trump wage a legal war challenging the results of the election, concerns are intensifying about the propriety and wisdom of working for Trump, the New York Times reports. They are concerned about advancing arguments that lack evidence and may be helping Trump and his allies undermine the integrity of American elections.
7:26 a.m. Indian American community in Bay Area celebrates on of their own: There are about 4.5 million Indians in the U.S., a bulk of them living in California, and the election of Kamala Harris as the nation’s vice president is causing thrills as they recognize flickers of themselves in the hard-fought path of the Bay Area politician. Read the story here.
7:20 a.m. Biden to speak in defense of Obamacare: President-elect Joe Biden is championing the Obama administration’s signature health law as it goes before the Supreme Court in a case that could overturn it. Biden planned a speech on the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, the day the high court was hearing arguments on its merits. The court ruled eight years ago to leave the essential components of the law known as Obamacare intact, but it is now
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