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Lucy Tassell wraps up the US Presidential Election cliffhanger.

And the last word goes to…

3.24AM AEDT 8/11:

Phew! Former Vice President Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris have won the 2020 US Election.

Despite multiple lawsuits in key states and threats from President Donald Trump’s campaign, US network CNN was the first to finally call the the race for Joe Biden.

Updated vote totals in Pennsylvania were the tipping point, with President-elect Biden taking a lead conclusive enough for decision desks to call the election.

Widespread celebrations quickly broke out in major American cities.

Donald Trump was on the golf course when the news first broke. He is yet to concede.

5PM AEDT 5/11:

Georgia on our minds as we wait to see what happens in Vegas: watching the states that could bring an end to the election

The last two times Georgia went blue, it was for Southerners – Bill Clinton in 1992 and Jimmy Carter in 1980. Right now it’s still too close to call with 2% of the vote left to count and 16 Electoral College votes on the line. Some of the remaining results will come in by about 7PM AEST, with the last dregs unlikely to come through until tomorrow.

Final results from Nevada are still off the table and there will be no updates from that state until 4am AEST.

Pennsylvania and Alaska are shaping up to be the last states over the line, with officials hoping to have all votes counted by the end of this week and next, respectively.

Former Vice President Biden sits at 264 Electoral College votes at this time and President Trump at 214.

11.30AM AEDT 5/11:

Former Vice President Biden gains territory in Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, while President Trump files suits to stop the count in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, calling the election a “major fraud”.

Most major US networks called Michigan for former Vice President Joe Biden around 10am AEST, adding 16 Electoral College votes to his current total of 253. This places Mr Biden within 20 votes of the necessary 270 to claim victory, which he could secure with Nevada (six Electoral College votes) and Pennsylvania (20 votes).

In a statement to the press early Wednesday morning (US Eastern time), President Donald Trump described the election as a “major fraud” and promised to take its results to the Supreme court. The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in multiple states to stop the counting of mail-in ballots which could likely tip the balance towards Biden.


All eyes are now on Nevada and its crucial six Electoral College votes. The Nevada Elections Office has tweeted it will not provide updates until 4AM Friday AEST.

6PM AEDT, 4/11:

The election is still too close to call, with key states Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona in contention

“It ain’t over ’til every vote is counted,” former Vice President Biden said in his final statement to supporters tonight. “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election. That’s the decision of the American people.”

Texas has ultimately been called for President Donald Trump despite early hopes it might flip to the Democrats. Arizona and Nevada are trending towards Biden but have not been conclusively called – nor Pennsylvania.

Results could be delayed to the end of the week as states like Pennsylvania continue to count their mail-in ballots.

— Lucy Tassell