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Election 2020

Some California legislative incumbents fighting to survive

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats were hoping to expand their supermajorities in the state Legislature as votes were tallied Tuesday. Several Republican incumbents in the 80-member Assembly and 40-member Senate were in danger of defeat. And with ...

EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans won't know the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election until well into Wednesday — if not beyond that. The main reason? Many states made it easier to request a mail ballot amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about ...

EXPLAINING RACE CALLS: Presidential race too early to call

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory. Republican Donald Trump said, "Frankly, we did win this election" over Democrat ...

Biden wins Arizona, flips longtime Republican stronghold

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and ANITA SNOW Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Biden won Arizona's 11 electoral votes, becoming the second Democratic presidential candidate since 1948 to claim victory in the longtime Republican stronghold. The former vice president benefited from the state's ...

Cotton coasts to win, Trump nabs Arkansas in GOP dominance

By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas won reelection Tuesday in a race that has allowed him to begin laying the groundwork for a potential 2024 White House bid. President Donald Trump secured Arkansas' six electoral votes as ...

Biden wins Minnesota; Smith keeps Senate seat; Peterson out

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Biden carried Minnesota on Tuesday, dashing President Donald Trump's hopes of becoming the first Republican to carry the state since Richard Nixon in 1972, while Sen. Tina Smith fended off GOP challenger Jason Lewis and GOP ...

Biden wins Maine’s popular vote, at least 3 electoral votes

By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden surged to a statewide victory in Maine early Wednesday, winning at least three of the state's four electoral votes in his bid to unseat President Donald Trump. Biden collected a majority of first-place votes in ...

News Guide: Republicans sweep key races in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans notched victories in the four major races headlining Montana's election Tuesday as President Donald Trump captured the state's three electoral votes and Steve Daines earned reelection to the U.S. Senate. The sweep was completed by Greg Gianforte winning to ...

Trump Wins Ohio

By The Associated Press undefined COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a surge in early in-person and absentee voting, final 2020 ballots have been cast in Ohio. Enthusiasm among voters is high. A record 3.4 million people took advantage of early and mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, up ...

Trump wins Texas again; state House hopes fade for Democrats

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Closer races produced the same results Tuesday in Texas as President Donald Trump and Sen. John Cornyn both won their races in America's biggest red state and Democrats who had hoped to finally break through faced the prospect of having ...

AP VoteCast: Voters favor Biden on virus, Trump on economy

By JOSH BOAK and HANNAH FINGERHUT The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in the U.S. presidential election faced a public health crisis and a wounded economy, but neither candidate emerged as the clear choice to handle both of those issues, according to AP Votecast. More voters — ...

Democrats Biden, Durbin, Newman win in Illinois

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in Illinois and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin won reelection on Tuesday, continuing a pattern of Democratic dominance in the state. Democrat Marie Newman was elected to Congress in a ...

Biden picks up 1 of Maine’s 4 electoral votes

By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A historic election took place in Maine, where voters used a ranked choice voting system to determine the state's electoral votes for the first time in U.S. history. Voters were allowed to rank Republican President Donald Trump, ...

Trump, Biden in close race as Wisconsin again in spotlight

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were locked in a tight race in Wisconsin as vote-counting stretched past midnight, and the nation's eyes turned to the same Midwestern battlegrounds that decided the election four years ago. Trump ...

President Trump wins Florida, collects 29 electoral votes

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has won Florida's 29 electoral votes, defeating Democrat Joe Biden in a prized battleground state crucial to the Republican's bid for another four years in the White House. Trump withstood an aggressive ...

Republican US Sen. Daines wins reelection in Montana

By MATTHEW BROWN and IRIS SAMUELS Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Steve Daines has been reelected to the Montana Senate seat he wrested from Democrats six years ago. The former business executive and President Donald Trump loyalist defeated the state's Democratic ...

GOP in tough fight to hold US Senate seat as Arizona changes

By JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly opened a big lead Tuesday against Republican Sen. Martha McSally in early election results for an Arizona race that will be crucial in determining control of the U.S. Senate. Democrats are optimistic that Arizona's ...

Trump-Biden, Senate races too early to call in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden was too early to call in battleground Michigan early Wednesday, with many votes uncounted. So were the state's most competitive Senate contest in 20 years and several ...

Despite a few hiccups, voting in Georgia goes smoothly

By KATE BRUMBACK and SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Despite some technical problems, voting in Georgia went smoothly Tuesday — a marked departure from a June primary that required some voters to wait in line for hours to cast their ballots. People lined up outside ...

News Guide: President Donald Trump wins Utah again

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump won Utah again, defeating Democrat Joe Biden in the deeply conservative state. Utah hasn't elected a non-Republican presidential candidate since 1964. State voters also elected Republican Spencer Cox as ...