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Decision 2020 live blog: Biden 'honored' voters chose him to lead; Trump not conceding

The latest local and national updates for Election Day.

INDIANAPOLIS — The latest local and national updates for Election Day. Click here to view all of the election results.

Saturday, Nov. 7

12:45 p.m. - President Donald Trump is not conceding to President-elect Joe Biden, promising unspecified legal challenges seeking to overturn the outcome of the race for the White House.

Trump said in a statement that "our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”

Trump was at his Virginia golf course when the presidential race was called for Biden on Saturday. Biden clinched his victory with a win in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born.

12:15 p.m. - Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries. 

The 56-year-old California senator is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency. She represents the multiculturalism that defines America but is largely absent from Washington’s power centers. Her Black identity has allowed her to speak in personal terms in a year of reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism. 

Here is how NBC News arrived at its decision to project Joe Biden as the winner of the election.

11:25 a.m. - Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Biden vanquished his Republican foe after a campaign as bitter and divisive as Trump’s own presidential term. Victories in “blue wall” northern industrial states propelled Biden to the White House, where he’ll confront America’s deep health, economic and social ills. 

A win in Pennsylvania sealed his victory after more than three tension-filled days of counting votes. Record numbers of Americans voted early and by mail, many out of concern about going to polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden tweeted after he was declared the winner by major news organizations. He posted, "I am honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country."

 

8:30 a.m. - NBC News tweets updated numbers from overnight counting in Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Arizona that show Joe Biden maintaining leads while numbers of outstanding ballots dwindle. 

As of 8:15 a.m. Saturday:

  • Georgia (99% in): Biden +7,248 
  • Nevada (93%): Biden +22,657 
  • Pennsylvania (96%): Biden +28,833 
  • Arizona (97%): Biden +29,861 

President Donald Trump continues to lead in North Carolina.

Friday, Nov. 6

10:50 p.m. - Joe Biden projected confidence Friday that he would win the presidential election, citing his lead in votes in key states like Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in the race between Biden and President Donald Trump because neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House.

Biden noted he has already won the most votes in history for any presidential candidate.

He said a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same.”

He told the nation that the political parties may be opponents, but they are not enemies.

“Let’s put the anger and the demonization behind us,” he said.

8:05 p.m. - Democrat Joe Biden's lead over President Donald Trump is growing in battleground Pennsylvania.

By Friday evening, the Democrat held a lead of over 19,500 votes out of more than 6.5 million ballots cast. That's an edge of about 0.29%. State law dictates that a recount must be held if the margin between the two candidates is less than 0.5%.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state.

The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s website said Friday that there were 102,541 more mail ballots that needed to be counted, including many from Allegheny County, a Democratic area that is home to Pittsburgh, and the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia County.

Additionally, there are potentially tens of thousands of provisional ballots that remain to be tabulated, though an exact number remained unclear. Those ballots will be counted after officials verify their eligibility to be included.

Pennsylvania is among a handful of battleground states that Trump and Biden are narrowly contesting as they seek the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

6:40 p.m. - Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump in Nevada has grown slightly, putting the former vice president ahead by 22,657 votes in the battleground state.

The results Friday afternoon were mail-in ballots from Democrat-heavy Clark County, which include Las Vegas and three-quarters of Nevada’s population.

Biden had 632,558 votes, and Trump had 609,901. Vote counting in the state — and several other battlegrounds — is continuing.

The fresh batch of results was among 63,000 mail ballots that Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria said Friday morning that his workers were starting to process. He expected the bulk would be processed by Sunday.

Gloria has said an additional 60,000 provisional ballots will be processed later.

5:25 p.m. - Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is expected to deliver remarks Friday alongside Joe Biden.

Biden has scheduled a prime-time address on the presidential contest as votes continue to be counted in several battleground states. Biden is on the cusp of victory as he opened narrow leads over President Donald Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Harris has appeared alongside Biden during his remarks in recent days but has not made any public comments herself on the state of the race. A campaign official confirmed she will speak Friday night before Biden does.

The California senator has been at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family since Tuesday night.

The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Alaska.

5:03 p.m. - Gwinett County, Georgia's batch of 4,400 absentee votes have registered into statewide count, and Joe Biden's lead is now 4,235. The statewide total now sits at 4,968,218.

According to NBC News, about 55,000 ballots remain to be counted in the state.

3:30 p.m. - Top Republican officials in Georgia say they are confident the secretary of state will ensure that ballots are properly counted.

The statement Friday from GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and others came a day after President Donald Trump alleged without any details or evidence that election officials are trying to “steal the election" from him.

Trump said Thursday that the “election apparatus in Georgia is run by Democrats,” even though the top election official is a Republican whom he endorsed.

Democrat Joe Biden was leading Trump in Georgia by about 1,500 votes midday Friday. The Associated Press has not called the race for either candidate yet.

2:10 p.m. - The Marion County Election Board has finished counting absentee ballots for Indianapolis. A total of 215,912 absentee ballots were checked and added to the county's results.

2:00 p.m. - Democrat Joe Biden has increased his lead over President Donald Trump in Nevada to 20,137 votes.

Results released Friday from Democrat-heavy Clark County, which includes Las Vegas and three-quarters of Nevada’s population, along with two rural counties, put Biden at 627,104 votes and Trump at 606,967.

Biden’s lead nearly doubled from Thursday, when he was leading Trump by about 11,000 votes.

The Associated Press has not called the presidential race. Votes are still being counted in several battleground states.

Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria says his county has an additional 63,000 mail ballots to be processed over the next few days and 60,000 provisional ballots to be processed later.

Gloria said Clark County would release more results Friday afternoon but he said he did not know exactly how many ballots could be included in that release.

The state has said it will provide an update later Friday on how many ballots are yet to be counted statewide. On Thursday, they reported that number at 190,150.

1:50 p.m. - President Donald Trump says he “will never give up fighting for you and our nation” as he is on the cusp of losing his bid for reelection.

Trump is spending Friday at the White House tweeting, watching results come in and continuing to cast unfounded doubt over the integrity of the election.

He says in a statement released by his campaign: “We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification.” And he adds that, “This is no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”

There is no evidence that any votes cast illegally are being counted or that the process is unfair and corrupt. Indeed, the ballot-counting process across the country largely has been running smoothly, if slowly, because of the increase in mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Trump is nonetheless threatening continued legal action, saying: “We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government.”

Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden, has opened up narrow leads over Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

12:55 p.m. - Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, says President Donald Trump is “damaging the cause of freedom” and inflaming “destructive and dangerous passions” by claiming, without foundation, that the election was rigged and stolen from him.

Romney lost to President Barack Obama in 2012 but was gracious in defeat. He is Trump’s most vocal critic within the Republican Party and voted to convict him in Trump’s impeachment trial early this year.

The Utah Republican offered his assessment Friday on Twitter, saying that Trump is well within his rights to challenge the results through the legal remedies available to him. But Romney says Trump is “wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt, and stolen from him — doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world.”

Democrat Joe Biden is on the cusp of winning the presidency as he opens up narrow leads over Trump in several critical backgrounds.

The Associated Press has not called the presidential race. Votes are still being counted in states including Pennsylvania and Georgia.

12:40 p.m. - Joe Biden’s campaign says he will give a speech during prime time Friday.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign announced that he would be making an address but did not say where or what he plans to say.

Biden is on the cusp of winning the presidency as he opens up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in several critical backgrounds.

The Associated Press has not called the presidential race. Votes are still being counted in states including Pennsylvania and Georgia.

He has urged the public to be patient as vote counting continues. He was spending Friday at home in Wilmington, Delaware.

A stage set up since election night for a victory party outside the city’s convention center remained intact and has been secured for days by security personnel using high fencing and car barriers.

Biden campaign staffers who arrived in Wilmington for a victory party earlier in the week have been told to hold onto their hotel rooms until early next week.

10:32 a.m. - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger because of the small margin between votes for President Trump and Joe Biden, the state will hold a recount. Biden took a narrow lead in the state early Friday morning, but the race remains too close to call.

"As we are closing in on a final count, we can begin to look toward our next steps," Raffensperger said in a news conference Friday. "With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia."

Raffensperger said out of around 5 million votes cast, the state will have a margin of a few thousand.

Officials said they are aware of concerns of the legitimacy of the process of people — especially on social media — making allegations of fraud, but they have not found any evidence of widespread fraud in the votes.

"We will not let those debates distract us from our work," Raffensperger said. "If any member of the public raises legitimate concerns, we'll investigate those."

8:55 a.m. - NBC News reports Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania, but the race is still too close to call.   

With 95 percent of votes counted, Joe Biden now leads President Trump by just more than 4,000 votes in Pennsylvania. With 20 electoral votes, Biden would reach the 270 necessary to claim the presidency if the count holds.

4:50 a.m. - NBC News reports Joe Biden now leads President Donald Trump in Georgia. 

Here are the latest tallies just before 5 a.m.: 

  • Biden: 2,449,371
  • Trump: 2,448,454

NBC News said it is still too close to call with 1 percent of votes still uncounted. 

Georgia has 16 electoral votes. Biden currently leads Trump 253-214 in electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the presidential election. 

NBC News is still awaiting results in the following six states before projecting a winner: 

  • Alaska (3 electoral votes — too early to call with 56 percent of votes counted)
  • Arizona (11 electoral votes — too close to call with 90 percent of votes counted)
  • Georgia (16 electoral votes — too close to call with 99 percent of votes counted)
  • Nevada (6 electoral votes — too close to call with 89 percent of votes counted)
  • North Carolina (15 electoral votes — too close to call with 95 percent of votes counted)
  • Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes — too close to call with 95 percent of votes counted)

Thursday, Nov. 5

7:29 p.m. - Marion County has completed its count of early in-person votes and says less than 100 mail-in votes, which require board review, remain to be counted.

County Clerk Russell Hollis said 13,502 absentee ballots were counted on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 214,892. 

7:05 p.m. - The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the presidential race, with a number of battleground states still too early to call.

But President Donald Trump is renewing his unfounded claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him. He did not back up his claim with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.

Trump spoke from the White House briefing room on Thursday, unleashing harsh criticism of pre-election polling that showed him trailing Democrat Joe Biden and claiming without evidence that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt. He also renewed his criticism of widespread use of mail-in balloting in the pandemic.

The ballot-counting process across the country has been running smoothly, and the count is ongoing in several battleground states.

6:15 p.m. - A legal effort in Nevada by President Donald Trump’s campaign and state Republicans to try to stop the count of mail ballots in Las Vegas is over.

A document submitted in an appeal pending before the state Supreme Court says the campaign, state GOP, Democrats and attorneys for the state have reached a settlement requiring Clark County election officials to supply “additional observation access” at a ballot processing facility in Las Vegas.

The state high court declined on Election Day to stop the count based on an appeal of a state judge’s decision not to stop processing mail ballots in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County -- a Democratic stronghold in an otherwise red GOP state.

In an order released Monday, Judge James Wilson Jr. in Carson City said he found neither the state nor Clark County had done anything to give one vote preference over another.

Nevada Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to suppress voting in the state’s most diverse area.

Trump campaign representatives said Thursday that they intended to file another complaint in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to try to stop the counting of what state campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt called “improper votes.” That lawsuit was not immediately filed.

4:30 p.m. - Democrat Joe Biden says he feels “very good” about the outcome of the presidential election and is telling his supporters to “stay calm” as votes continue to be counted.

Biden delivered brief remarks Thursday at a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. He says, "It is the will of the voters — no one, not anyone else — who chooses the president of the United States of America.”

President Donald Trump’s campaign has pursued legal efforts to halt the vote counting in some states and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden says that “the process is working” and “we’ll know very soon” the outcome of the election. Biden and his top campaign officials have expressed confidence about the vote but have been careful to emphasize the need for every ballot to be counted.

Biden's running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, stood next to him as he spoke.

The Associated Press has not called the presidential race yet because neither Biden nor Trump has secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. Several key states remain too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

3:35 p.m. - A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to perform twice daily sweeps of processing centers in states with extended ballot receipt deadlines to check for mail-in votes and to expedite them for delivery.

Thursday's order will remain in place until the end of states’ windows for accepting ballots.

According to court records, a similar order by the same judge earlier this week found just 13 ballots in a search of 27 processing hubs in several battleground areas.

Elections officials in key battleground states are continuing presidential vote counting. Democrat Joe Biden is urging patience, while President Donald Trump is pursing his legal options.

Several key states are too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

2:25 p.m. - Joe Biden is getting virtual briefings on the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout from panels of experts, sticking to a routine he’s had since March, even as the outcome of the presidential race remains in doubt.

The former vice president traveled Thursday afternoon to a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, where his campaign has set up a makeshift studio. He and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, often sit facing large screens while experts participate by video conference.

Biden has held similar public health and economic briefings about once a week since March while criticizing President Donald Trump's administration for the federal government’s response to a pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 Americans.

Journalists traveling with Biden were not allowed inside the briefing but saw him as he entered the theater. He did not take questions.

2:01 p.m. - The Marion County Election Board said it counted 6,249 absentee ballots on Thursday. A total of 207,639 absentee ballots have been counted and tabulated into the election results 

1:55 p.m. - As the nation awaits results from Nevada, Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria says it could take until Saturday or Sunday before the state’s largest county finishes tallying mail-in ballots that have been returned.

Gloria said Thursday at a press conference: “Our goal here in Clark County is not to count fast. We want to make sure that we’re being accurate.”

Gloria says Clark County has at least 63,262 ballots left to count, including 34,743 returned in drop boxes on Election Day and 4,208 returned via the U.S. Postal Service. But as mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day continue to trickle in, Gloria said he had no way of knowing the total number of outstanding ballots.

He says, “That’s a number that I can’t give you. I can’t predict to you what’s going to come through the U.S. mail.”

Gloria says the fact that Nevada’s six electoral votes could push Democrat Joe Biden beyond the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the presidency reaffirmed the need to not rush the count.

He said the last day to count ballots is Nov. 12.

1:30 p.m. - A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots.

Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn’t control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state’s chief election officer.

The Associated Press called the Michigan presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday evening. Trump won the state in 2016.

The lawsuit claimed Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan observers as well as challengers. She was accused of undermining the “constitutional right of all Michigan voters ... to participate in fair and lawful elections.”

Benson, through state attorneys, denied the allegations. Much of the dispute centered on the TCF Center in Detroit where pro-Trump protesters gathered while absentee ballots were being counted.

 12:28 p.m. - A judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s campaign that asked him to ensure one county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass did not provide an explanation for his decision Thursday at the close of a roughly one-hour hearing. The county includes the heavily Democratic city of Savannah.

The suit had raised concerns about 53 absentee ballots that poll observers said were not part of an original batch of ballots. County elections officials testified that all 53 ballots had been received on time.

10:30 a.m. - Arizona state officials say there are about 450,000 ballots still to be counted in the Western battleground.

The AP says it is monitoring that vote count as it comes in. The AP has called the presidential race in Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden.

AP executive editor Sally Buzbee says: “The Associated Press continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona. We will follow the facts in all cases.”

Biden holds a 2.35 percentage point lead over Trump in Arizona, an advantage of about 68,000 votes.

The vast majority of the ballots yet to be counted are from Maricopa County, the most populous area of the state.

9:40 a.m. - With Joe Biden edging closer to unseating him from the White House, President Donald Trump says he wants to put a halt to vote counting.

The extraordinary statement by an incumbent president to voice support for ceasing the count of legally cast votes came in a Thursday morning tweet, saying only: “STOP THE COUNT!”

Elections are run by individual state, county and local governments. Trump’s public comments have no impact on the tallying of votes across the country.

So far, the vote count across the country has been conducted efficiently and without evidence of any misconduct, despite Trump’s public complaints.

Trump’s comments come as his campaign has filed legal action in several states to try to stop vote counting, claiming a lack of transparency. Still, Trump’s campaign has held out hope that continued counting in Arizona could overcome a Biden lead in the state.

6 a.m. - NBC News is still awaiting results in six states before projecting a winner in the presidential election: 

  • Alaska (3 electoral votes — too early to call with 56 percent of votes counted)
  • Arizona (11 electoral votes — too early to call with 86 percent of votes counted)
  • Georgia (16 electoral votes — too close to call with 96 percent of votes counted)
  • Nevada (6 electoral votes — too close to call with 86 percent of votes counted)
  • North Carolina (15 electoral votes — too close to call with 95 percent of votes counted)
  • Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes — too close to call with 89 percent of votes counted)

As of 6 a.m., NBC News reports Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 253 to 214 in electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 to win the election.

RELATED: Trump sues in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia; asks for Wisconsin recount

Wednesday, Nov. 4

9:35 p.m. - Republican Victoria Spartz released the following statement after winning the race for Indiana's 5th Congressional District: 

“I am so honored and humbled by the trust the people of Indiana’s 5th District have placed in me. This has been a long, tough campaign and I look forward uniting Hoosiers around real solutions and serving every resident of Indiana’s 5th District by ensuring we have the right policies for a strong economy, good schools, affordable healthcare and a great quality of life.”

Democrat Christina Hale conceded the election Wednesday night, releasing a statement of her own: 

"Congratulations to Victoria Spartz, our next Congresswoman from Indiana. 

Today, I would like to acknowledge the effort of everyone who supported our campaign. From our talented and hardworking staff to the hundreds of volunteers who spent hours phone-banking on our behalf, to the thousands who put up a yard sign, and everyone who contributed. I am in awe of the depth of support from my husband Chris and all of my dearest friends and family. We would not have gotten this far without you and I’ll always be thankful for your help.

For more than a year, we spoke about protecting and expanding every Hoosiers’ right to affordable health care and promoting bipartisanship and civility in our politics. This was a historically close race, and our message clearly resonated with voters. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to talk about the issues that matter most to our community and lift up the voices of so many people in our district. 

Lastly, I want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates across the country who ran tonight – both those who won their races and those who came up short. Now is the time for all of us to come together and to do the hard work of defeating this pandemic and building a brighter future for all Americans.”

8:33 p.m. - Republican Victoria Spartz has been declared the winner of Indiana's 5th Congressional District race, AP reports.

Spartz topped Democratic candidate Christina Hale to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Susan Brooks, a Republican.

7:20 p.m. - The Trump campaign files lawsuit to pause vote count in Georgia, the third battleground state where the campaign has filed suit. 

NBC currently projects Joe Biden with a 253-214 lead and is declaring the Georgia race too close to call at this time.

7:06 p.m. - As of 6:30 p.m., the Marion County Election Board has counted 79,505 absentee ballots. A total of 193,829 absentee ballots have been counted and tabulated into the election results during Marion County’s central count of absentee ballots. 

4:53 p.m. - The Marion County Election Board counted 34,618 absentee ballots as of 3 p.m. A total of 148,942 absentee ballots have now been counted and counting will continue this evening.

4:27 p.m. - NBC News reports that Joe Biden is the projected winner in Michigan. 

4:08 p.m. - Joe Biden is expected to make a statement on the election from Delaware as results still hang in balance. 

3:39 p.m. - Trump camp says it’s suing to stop Pa. vote count over lack of 'transparency,' seeks to intervene in Supreme Court case. 

2:25 p.m. - NBC News reports Joe Biden is the apparent winner in the state of Wisconsin.

2:10 p.m. - The Trump campaign filed suit in Michigan to halt counting of ballots "until meaningful access has been granted."  

12:00 p.m. - NBC News is projecting Joe Biden will win Maine and collect three more electoral votes. President Trump will earn the fourth electoral vote.

8:30 a.m. - Hamilton County is continuing to count absentee ballots for the second day. There are still 30,000 ballots to count. They could be a deciding factor in the close race between 5th Congressional District candidates Christina Hale and Victoria Spartz.

Election workers counted 15,000 absentee ballots Tuesday.

6:30 a.m. - Nevada will provide its next results update Thursday, Nov. 5 at noon ET.

According to Nevada Elections, they have counted all in-person early votes, in-person Election Day votes and all mailed ballots through Nov. 2. 

Officials still have to count mailed ballots received on Election Day, mailed ballots that will be received over the next week and provisional ballots. 

6 a.m. - NBC News has projected victories in 41 states and Washington, D.C., leaving nine states still too early to call: 

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin

According to NBC News, Joe Biden leads with 224 electoral votes to President Donald Trump's 213. There are still 101 remaining electoral votes between these nine states. 

2:20 a.m. - President Trump speaks from the White House

1:35 a.m. - NBC News is projecting Joe Biden will win Minnesota.

1:30 a.m. - Joe Biden will win one of the 5 electoral votes in Nebraska according to NBC News projections. President Trump will claim the other four.

1:16 a.m. -  With 84 percent of the votes being counted in the 5th District, Republican Victoria Spartz (51 percent) is leading Democrat Christina Hale (45 percent) by about 20,700 votes.

1:13 a.m. - Joe Biden takes Rhode Island according to NBC News projections.

1:09 a.m. - NBC News projects President Trump will win Texas and Montana.

1:03 a.m. - More than 1,000 people protesting President Donald Trump descended on Black Lives Matter Plaza, just a block from the White House, while hundreds more marched through parts of downtown Washington, at times blocking traffic and lighting off fireworks. Scattered protests also took place from Seattle to New York City, but there were no signs of serious violence or widespread unrest in the hours immediately after the polls closed. The demonstrations in Washington were largely peaceful, with people chanting and unfurling anti-Trump banners. Hundreds of businesses in cities across the U.S. had boarded up their windows ahead of the election for fear of violence.

12:52 a.m. - NBC News projects Donald Trump will win Iowa.

12:50 a.m. - President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would be making a statement and announced a "big Win!" He also claimed without evidence that votes were being cast after the polls were closed.

12:41 a.m. - Joe Biden spoke to supporters from his campaign headquarters. He said he believed there was still a path to victory and to wait until every vote is counted.

12:39 a.m. - Donald Trump wins Florida, NBC News projects.  

12:11 a.m. - The Marion County Election Board has stopped counting votes for the night. Results were counted for 180 out of 187 vote center locations, in addition to 114,334 absentee ballots. Absentee ballot counting will continue Wednesday morning.

12:08 a.m. - With 80 percent of the votes being counted in the 5th District, Republican Victoria Spartz (52 percent) is leading Democrat Christina Hale (44 percent).

12:04 a.m. - NBC News projects Joe Biden has won Virginia.

12:01 a.m. - President Donald Trump wins Ohio and Idaho, according to NBC News projections.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

11:55 p.m. - Voters in Mississippi have chosen a new state flag, replacing a 126-year-old banner that incorporated a version of the Confederate battle flag. 

11:31 p.m. - With about 78 percent of the votes being counted in the 5th District, right now Republican Victoria Spartz (51 percent) is leading Democrat Christina Hale (44 percent).

11:06 p.m. - Republican Trey Hollingsworth wins re-election to U.S. House in Indiana's 9th Congressional District. 

11:05 p.m. - Joe Biden is expected to win California, Oregon and Washington.

11:03 p.m. - NBC News projects President Trump has won Nebraska, Mississippi and Wyoming.

10:45 p.m. - Christina Hale’s campaign released the following statement on the election night results in Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District: 

“We’re very encouraged by the enthusiasm and turnout we’ve seen since voting started last month, and we remain confident about our path to victory,” said Joann Saridakis, Hoosiers for Hale campaign manager. “There are still tens of thousands of mail-in votes in the Fifth District that have not yet been counted, particularly in Marion and Hamilton Counties, where we have done a significant amount of voter outreach over these past few months. This race is not over and we will continue to monitor vote totals before making any formal announcements. The circumstances of this election are unprecedented with a record number of people voting early and by absentee ballot, and we want to make sure that all Hoosiers have their voices heard in this process.”

Hale's Republican competitor Victoria Spartz gave her own statement to supporters.

10:42 p.m. - Joe Biden is expected to win Illinois according to NBC News.

10:31 p.m. - NBC News is projecting President Trump will win Utah and Missouri.

10:27 p.m. - With the votes will being counted in the 5th District, right now Republican Victoria Spartz (52 percent) is leading Democrat Christina Hale (44 percent).  

10:25 p.m. - Joe Biden wind New Hampshire, NBC News projects.

10:24 p.m. - NBC is projecting the Democrats will retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

10:22 p.m. - President Trump will win Louisiana and Kansas according to the NBC News projections.

10:13 p.m. - NBC News is projecting Joe Biden will win New Mexico.

10:06 p.m. - Republican Todd Rokita is the projected winner for attorney general. 

9:46 p.m. - Gov. Eric Holcomb is delivering his victory speech after winning re-election.

9:32 p.m. - NBC News projects President Trump will win South Carolina.

9:26 p.m. - Numbers are still coming in for big Indiana races. In the 5th District Republican Victoria Spartz (49 percent) has pulled ahead of Democrat Christina Hale (47 percent). Currently Republican Todd Rokita (62 percent) is leading Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel (38 percent) in the race for attorney general.  

9:25 p.m. - NBC News also projects President Trump will win Alabama.

9:20 p.m. - President Trump will win North Dakota according to NBC News projections.

9:18 p.m. - NBC is projecting Joe Biden will win Colorado.

9:15 p.m. - Democratic candidate for governor Dr. Woody Myers delivered his concession speech to supporters.

9:14 p.m. - Democrat Andre Carson wins re-election to U.S. House in Indiana's 7th Congressional District. 

9:11 p.m. - Marion County election workers are still counting early ballots from the northern townships, which could be key to the 5th District race.

9:09 p.m. - President Trump will win South Dakota according to NBC News projections.

9:03 p.m. - Republican Greg Pence wins re-election to U.S. House in Indiana's 6th Congressional District.

9:02 p.m. - NBC is projecting that Joe Biden will win New York.

9:00 p.m. - Republican Jim Baird wins re-election to U.S. House in Indiana's 4th Congressional District.

8:52 p.m. - Hamilton County reports it has counted 15,000 absentee votes has about 30,000 to go.

8:51 p.m. - NBC News project President Trump will win Arkansas.

8:44 p.m. - Republican Larry Bucshon wins re-election to U.S. House in Indiana's 8th Congressional District.

8:37 p.m. - Numbers are still coming in for several big Indiana races. Currently Republican Todd Rokita (60 percent) is leading Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel (40 percent) in the race for attorney general. In the 5th District Democrat Christina Hale is leading (50 percent) over Republican Victoria Spartz (47 percent).

8:23 p.m. - NBC News projects Joe Biden will win Connecticut.

8:21 p.m. - President Trump is projected to win West Virginia.

8:19 p.m. - About 30 supporters are at the GOP Election Night headquarters.

8:13 p.m. - NBC News projects President Trump will win Tennessee.

8:04 p.m. - President Trump is projected to win Oklahoma and Kentucky.

8:02 p.m. - NBC News is projecting Joe Biden will win Delaware, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, New Jersey and Maryland.

7:57 p.m. - Latest numbers in Indiana's 5th District has Democrat Christina Hale 

7:45 p.m. - Republican Jim Banks wins reelection to U.S. House in Indiana's 3rd Congressional District.

7:30 p.m. - In Indiana's 5th District, early numbers have Democrat Christina Hale (52 percent) leading Republican Victoria Spartz (45 percent) and Libertarian Kenneth Tucker (3 percent).

7:21 p.m. - NBC News project Joe Biden will win Vermont.

7:07 p.m. - NBC News is projecting Gov. Eric Holcomb will win re-election.

7:03 p.m. - NBC News is projecting President Donald Trump will win Indiana and its 11 electoral votes.

6:44 p.m. - The Associated Press put together information on what drove voters' decision on the ballot. You can also look at how people in Indiana responded.

6:27 p.m. - Polls closed at 6 p.m., but voters in line at the Summerlake Clubhouse in Madison County will have to wait hours more to vote.

Counting early and absentee votes

6:25 p.m. - Marion County poll workers tell 13News they've worked all day and counted about 51,000 of the more than 200,000 early and absentee votes.

They expect it to take days to finish.

6:24 p.m. - Thank you to all the poll workers who gave their time today.

6:15 p.m. - While some voters in Madison County could be waiting hours still to vote, a Johnson County vote center closed right on time with no one waiting in line.

Polls closing

6:00 p.m. - Polls are closing across Indiana, but voters who were already in line will get a chance to cast their ballot.

Total early voting numbers

5:33 p.m. - The Secretary of State's office released total early and mail-in absentee voting numbers for Indiana and said more than 1.9 million Hoosiers took part.

Marion County not extending voting hours

5:23 p.m. - 13News VERIFY confirmed the Marion County Clerk's Office will not extend voting hours at the 10 polling sites that opened late this morning. The decision was made because voters in Marion County can go to any of the 187 polling sites.

5:00 p.m. - One hour until polls close.

4:54 p.m. -  The Monroe County Clerk tells 13News that as of 4 p.m., Election Day in-person voting has exceeded Early/Absentee in-person voting.

Pendleton voting lines

4:32 p.m. - 13News crew in Pendleton says there are long lines. People waiting in line say they've been there for hours with some saying they've been in line five hours to cast a ballot. 

Johnson County voting

4:27 p.m. - 13News crews are reporting steady voting lines in Johnson County. There were lines this morning as people waited for the polls to open, but there's only been a short wait the rest of the day.

The clerk told 13News a record number of people took part in early voting in Johnson County and they expect in-person, early and mail-In voting to top 70 percent.  

Blackford County voting

4:07 p.m. - The Blackford County Election Office is reporting that currently 4,500 voters have been checked in and have voted via machine. This represents 54 percent of Blackford County's 8,328 registered voters.

Of the 681 voter requests for Absentee by Mail Ballots that Blackford County currently has, 644 ballots have been received by the election office. This represents 7.73 percent of Blackford County's 8,328 registered voters.  

Todd Rokita tests positive for COVID-19

2:30 p.m. - Attorney general candidate Todd Rokita has tested positive for COVID-19. His campaign announced the diagnosis Tuesday afternoon.

A statement said Rokita was exposed to COVID-19 by someone not connected with any of his campaign activities. 

Rokita recently began developing symptoms and was tested for the virus. He and his family are quarantining and following state guidelines.

2 p.m. -  According to the Indiana Secretary of State's Office, more than 40 percent of the state's registered voters voted early. Ballot counting is well underway in Marion County.

Verified wait times in Marion County are still short, as reported on indyvotetimes.org. Most vote centers are reporting waiting time less than 30 minutes, or even in the single-digits.

Beech Grove High School and the Indianapolis Beech Grove Library both reported 60-minute waits at 2 p.m.

CrossLife Church on East Stop 11 Road reported a 130-minute wait at 1:30 p.m.

Check wait times across Indianapolis at indyvotetimes.org.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

1:00 p.m. - Today is the first major Election Day in Marion County where registered voters can choose where they vote. With 187 vote centers open today, a voter can search for the nearest site with a short wait time and quickly cast their ballot. The website indyvotetimes.org has been helpful today by providing regular updates of where voters will find the shortest wait times. 

Generally, downtown locations like Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse have offered the quickest voting experience in Indianapolis. 

Voters in Tippecanoe County can also use an interactive map to find a vote center near them and check the wait time, which have been running less than 20 minutes at most locations this afternoon.

Once inside, Indiana law requires a voter to cast their ballot and get out in 2 minutes. 

Credit: WTHR
A sign at a Hamilton County polling place informs voters about an Indiana law that says voters have two minutes inside a voting booth to cast their ballot.

Our 13Investigates team verified that the law went into effect in 2019. And it gives election officials a tool if there is a problem with a long delay. According to Hamilton County Clerk Kathy Williams, the statutes are posted to encourage voters to keep the process moving. But election officials are not standing over voters with a stopwatch to enforced the 2 minute time limit.

RELATED: VERIFY: Does Indiana have a time limit on how long voters have to cast a ballot?

12:47 p.m. - First lady Melania Trump cast her vote late Tuesday morning at a voting center in Palm Beach, Florida, close to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Asked why she didn’t vote with the Republican president last week, the first lady told reporters: “It’s Election Day so I wanted to come here to vote today for the election.”

The first lady waved and smiled to reporters. She was the only person not wearing a mask to guard against the coronavirus when she entered the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center to vote, presumably for her husband.

12:40 p.m. - If you want to vote quickly in Marion County this afternoon, you may consider following the Marion County Election Board on Twitter. Regular tweets show registered voters in Marion County where they can find a vote center with little or no waiting times to cast their ballot.

The website Indyvotetimes.org has also been tracking wait times all day. 

12 p.m. – We just passed the halfway point of Election Day, 2020. Polls in Indiana close at 6 p.m. local time. That means counties in northwest and southwest Indiana will close voting one hour after Indianapolis because they observe Central Time.

REMINDER: If you are a registered voter in Marion County, you can vote today at any of the 187 vote centers throughout the county. See the map. You are not required to vote in your previous precinct from past elections.

The website Indyvotetimes.org has been tracking wait times all morning. We’ve checked some of the shortest lines for you (as of 11:30 a.m.):

DOWNTOWN

  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 8 minutes
  • Harrison Center for the Arts – 14 minutes
  • Crispus Attucks High School – 1 minute
  • Lucas Oil Stadium – 15 minutes

NORTH

  • Barnes UMC – 1 minute
  • Brebeuf Jesuit High School – 1 minute
  • College Park Elementary – 3 minutes
  • Eastbrook Elementary – 1 minute
  • H Dean Evans Community Center – 11 minutes
  • Hinkle Fieldhouse – 9 minutes
  • New Augusta Public Academy North – 19 minutes

SOUTH

  • Garfield Park Burrello Center – 42 minutes
  • IPS School #65 – 56 minutes

EAST

  • Douglass Park Community Center – 5 minutes
  • Fall Creek Valley Middle School – 5 minutes
  • Greater Works Church – 1 hour
  • IFD Station #3 – 15 minutes
  • IFD Station #44 – 1 minute
  • Lawrence Community Park – 3 minutes
  • Mt. Zion Apostolic Church – 1 minutes

WEST

  • Decatur Twp. Blue/Gold Academy – 6 minutes
  • Eagle Creek Elementary – 1 minute
  • Eastbrook Elementary – 1 minute
  • Krannert Park Community Center – 1 minute
  • Municipal Gardens Community Center – 6 minutes

11:20 a.m. - The Blackford County Election Office is reporting 3,888 voters have been checked in and have voted on machines. This represents 46% of Blackford County's 8,328 registered voters.

The county received 681 requests for Absentee by Mail Ballots and 11 voters have requested to vote by the traveling board. Of those, 640 ballots have been turned in.

In Monroe County, the oldest voter so far today was 99 years old. The youngest turned 18 today.

11 a.m. – Wait times are getting shorter at many Marion County voting centers as early voters have cast their ballots and moved on.

The website Indyvotetimes.org has been tracking wait times all morning. We’ve checked the latest information for you (as of 10:45 a.m.):

DOWNTOWN

  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 8 minutes
    Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site – 1 hour, 15 minutes
    City-County Building – 8 minutes
    IPS Headquarters – 1 minute
    Crispus Attucks High School – 1 minute
    Lucas Oil Stadium – 6 minutes
    Lugar Towers – 1 minute

NORTH

  • Allisonville Christian Church – 1 hour
    Brebeuf Jesuit High School – 1 minute
    Eagle Creek Communty Church – 55 minutes
    H Dean Evans Community Center – 33 minutes
    Hinkle Fieldhouse – 7 minutes
    Holliday Park Nature Center – 17 minutes
    State Fairgrounds – 5 minutes
    Ivy Tech Culinary Center – 1 minute
    Jewish Community Center – 2 hours, 23 minutes
    New Augusta Public Academy North – 1 hour

SOUTH

  • Beech Grove Public Library – 1 hour, 34 minutes
    Garfield Park Burrello Center – 42 minutes
    IPS School #65 – 49 minutes
    Meridian Woods Park Clubhouse – 33 minutes

EAST

  • Douglass Park Community Center – 5 minutes
    Greater Works Church – 1 hour
    IFD Station #2 – 4 minutes
    IFD Station #3 – 9 minutes
    IFD Station #27 – 22 minutes
    Lawrence UMC – 13 minutes

WEST

  • Apostolic Life Church – 1 hour
    Decatur Twp. Blue/Gold Academy – 45 minutes
    Decatur Twp. Fire Station #73 – 1 hour, 6 minutes
    Krannert Park Community Center – 1 minute

10 a.m. – Wait times at most Marion County voting centers are shorter now than at any time since the polls opened four hours ago. But some are still experiencing wait times of an hour or more. 

Remember, if you are registered to vote in Marion County, you can vote at any vote center. Here is a full list.

Most downtown locations, including Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, the City-County Building and IPS Headquarters are showing wait times of 10 minutes or less, according to indyvotetimes.org.

Other locations (as of 9:45 a.m.):

NORTH

  • Allisonville Christian Church – 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School – 1 minute
  • Eagle Creek Community Church – 78 minutes
  • H Dean Evans Community Center – 54 minutes
  • Hinkle Fieldhouse – 10 minutes
  • State Fairgrounds – 1 minute
  • Ivy Tech Culinary Center – 1 minute

SOUTH

  • Beech Grove High School – 43 minutes
  • Garfield Park Burrello Center – 45 minutes
  • Meridian Woods Park Clubhouse – 1 hour

EAST

  • Community Alliance of the Far Eastside – 2 minutes
  • Douglass Park Community Center – 3 minutes
  • Greater Works Church – 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • IFD Station 44 – 1 minute
  • Lawrence Community Park – 18 minutes

WEST

  • Apostolic Life Church – 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Decatur Twp. Blue/Gold Academy – 22 minutes
  • Decatur Twp. Fire Station #73 – 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • IFD Station #1 – 1 minute
  • Krannert Park Community Center – 26 minutes
  • Speedway Town Hall – 16 minutes

9:30 a.m. - According to the Indiana Secretary of State, these were Indiana’s final voting numbers before Election Day:

  • 1,909,130 ballots cast
  • 1,328,039 of those were from Hoosiers who voted early and in-person 
  • 563,679 voted by mail. 
  • The remainder are from traveling board and military email votes.

That’s roughly double the 977,239 total early Indiana votes cast in 2016. 

9:15 a.m. — Blackford County officials said nearly 50 percent of the county's registered voters took part in early voting, both through mail-in ballots and in-person. 

Blackford County is roughly 25 miles north of Muncie.

9 a.m. — With a few exceptions at some vote centers in outlying townships of Marion County, wait times at most polling sites are now reported at less than an hour.

Marion County voters can see a table of available vote centers here

If you want to check the wait times at vote centers around Indianapolis, go to indyvotetimes.org.

8:45 a.m. — If you are wondering how the Electoral College finishes the process of electing the president, it is explained here.

   

8:30 a.m. — Marion County voters reported early issues at some vote centers. Those have been largely resolved according to election officials. Here are the current wait times at vote centers that reported issues early or opened late this morning:

  • Guion Creek Middle School - 66 minutes
  • Franklin Central Christian Church - 2 hours 25 minutes
  • H Dean Evans Community Center - 26 minutes
  • Garfield Park Burrello Center - 69 minutes
  • Frederick Douglass Park Community Center - 17 minutes

8 a.m. — Here are the shortest wait times reported in Marion County as of 7:45 a.m.:

WEST SIDE

  • Municipal Gardens Community Center - 5 minutes
  • Eastbrook Elementary School - 9 minutes

SOUTH SIDE

  • Beech Grove High School - 25 minutes

EAST SIDE

  • Community Alliance of the Far Eastside - 5 minutes
  • Fall Creek Valley Middle School - 30 minutes
  • Douglass Park Community Center - 35 minutes

NORTH SIDE

  • College Park Elementary - 48 minutes
  • Eastbrook Elementary School - 9 minutes
  • First Friends Meeting - 34 minutes
  • State Fairgrounds - 6 minutes

DOWNTOWN

  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse - 9 minutes
  • Hinkle Fieldhouse - 29 minutes
  • Harrison Center for the Arts - 10 minutes
  • IPS Headquarters - 1 minute
  • Attucks High School - 6 minutes
  • Lucas Oil Stadium - 12 minutes

If you want to check the wait times at vote centers around Indianapolis, go to indyvotetimes.org

7:45 a.m. — Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne reports heavy turnout in Bloomington. She advises voters need to make plans for voting at their assigned polling sites today and build waiting time into the day. 

7:40 a.m. — Here is a breakdown from NBC News on the balance of power on Capitol Hill that could tip with today's election. All 435 seats in the House and 35 seats in the Senate will be filled by voters today.

7:30 a.m. — Marion County confirmed early issues at vote centers in Garfield Park and the Harrison Center for the Arts have been resolved.

Karen Campbell reports short lines at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

A tweet from Tamika Catchings verifies that information. 

7:15 a.m. — Meredith Juliet was live on Extra Shot of Sunrise reporting from the south side. 

Wait times at 7:03 a.m. reported by indyvotetimes.org at southern Marion County vote centers:

  • Beech Grove High School - 24 minutes
  • Decatur Twp. Blue/Gold Academy and Fire Station #73 - 90 minutes
  • IPS School #65 - 75 minutes
  • Sarah Shank Golf Course - 213 minutes

7 a.m. — Vote times reported by indyvotetimes.org at some of the north side voting centers:

  • Castleton UMC - 79 minutes
  • College Park Elementary - 74 minutes
  • Community Alliance of the Far Eastside - 45 minutes
  • Crossroads AME Church - 116 minutes
  • Eagle Creek Community Church - 130 minutes
  • First Friends Meeting - 77 minutes

6:50 a.m. — If you want to check the wait times at vote centers around Indianapolis, go to indyvotetimes.org. At 6:36 a.m. the reported wait was 7 minutes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Barton Annex was reporting a 155 minute wait. The wait to vote at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site was estimated at 334 minutes.

6:30 a.m. — Some Marion County voters are reporting that polling places were not open at 6 a.m. Remember, any county using vote centers, which includes Marion County, will have numerous other options for voters. You can check a list of vote centers by entering your address here to find an alternate vote center nearby.

Marion County voters can see a table of available vote centers here.

6:00 a.m. — The polls are officially open for in-person voting in central Indiana.

5:40 a.m. — Poll workers are arriving to get ready for voters at 6 a.m.

3:30 a.m. — The polls will open across Indiana at 6 a.m. ET. Voters will have 12 hours to cast their ballots. Click here to find your closest voting location.

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2 a.m. — More than 1.8 million Hoosiers have already cast their ballots in the 2020 general election. 

Numbers from the Indiana Secretary of State’s office show 1,812,446 people voted early or by mail so far. Officials say the number is likely to go higher because some counties are still reporting their numbers.

The number accounts for roughly 38 percent of all Indiana registered voters.

The early voting numbers are about twice the amount in 2016 (934,403) and three times as many as 2012 (590,445).

Nearly one-third of Marion County registered voters have already voted in the election. The Marion County Clerk's Office reports 213,612 votes have been received as of Monday night out of 670,122 registered voters in the county. This includes in-person early voting and mailed ballots.

1 a.m. — Two tiny New Hampshire communities that vote for president just after the stroke of midnight on Election Day have cast their ballots, with one of them marking 60 years since the tradition began. 

The results in Dixville Notch, near the Canadian border, were a sweep for former Vice President Joe Biden who won the town's five votes. In Millsfield, 12 miles to the south, President Donald Trump won 16 votes to Biden's five.

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