The presidential race remained too close to call Wednesday afternoon. Former Vice President Joe Biden picked up steam after projections found him winning Wisconsin and Michigan, but a huge number of ballots nationwide still need to be counted. President Trump doubled down on his vow to bring swift legal challenges intended to stop votes from being counted, claiming — without evidence —widespread fraud.
Latest updates from today:
3:15 p.m. Trump files suit in Michigan: The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed suit in Michigan, as well as Pennsylvania, to halt the counting of mail-in ballots, alleging insufficient transparency in the process. Michigan’s secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, who is named in the suit, fired back in an MSNBC interview, calling Trump’s effort “a meritless, frivolous lawsuit” that was “an attempt to confuse and obfuscate” the process. “We’ve got a transparent, secure, meticulous process,” she said. “We’re going to count every vote and make sure every vote is counted. “We stand by the numbers, the process.”
2:28 p.m. Twitter flags Trump tweets as ‘disputed and might be misleading’: Several tweets from President Trump Wednesday, including one alleging without evidence that “a large number of secretly dumped ballots” were labeled as misleading by Twitter. In other tweets, Trump claimed victory in Pennsylvania. The Associated Press has not called that race, “because there are more than 1.5 million votes left to be counted” there.
2:18 p.m. North Carolina won’t update vote count for 8 days: Elections officials in North Carolina won’t update the state’s vote count until Nov. 12 “with very few exceptions,” NBC News reported. Updates will be frozen until then because county election boards will not start checking absentee or provisional ballots until they hold planned meetings, which can’t sooner than they’ve been scheduled.
2:07 p.m. S.F’s Gap, Calm get mixed reactions to election-themed ads: Gap deleted a tweet with a red and blue hoodie calling for unity, while Calm drew laughs on social media with its CNN sponsorship. Read more here.
2:06 p.m. 1:17 p.m. Wall Street shakes off election uncertainty: Stocks rallied on Wall Street Wednesday, led by strong gains in tech stocks that boosted the Nasdaq composite almost 4%. The S&P closed up 2.2%, as investors embraced the upside of more gridlock in Washington. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 368 points to 27,848, a gain of 1.34%.
1:51 p.m. Trump doubles down on baseless fraud claims, vows to bring case to Supreme Court: President Trump, alleging without evidence that “major” voter fraud was taking place across the country, vowed to bring a case to the U.S. Supreme Court “to ensure the integrity” of the election. “We want all voting to stop,” Trump said at a news conference in Philadelphia. Many ballots across the country are still properly being counted that were submitted on or before election day.
1:20 p.m. Oakland councilwoman calls for every vote to be counted: Councilwoman Nikki Fortunato Bas spoke to a crowd of hundreds outside Oakland City Hall calling for an “end to fascism in the United States” and for every vote to be counted. Bas has supported Oakland District Three challenger Carroll Fife, and incumbents Rebecca Kaplan (at-large) and Dan Kalb (District One), who were all leading in early returns. At least 350,000 votes need to be counted in Alameda County.
1:20 p.m. Biden projects confidence in victory: Democrat Joe Biden this afternoon said he wasn’t declaring victory in the presidential race — but he said he was prepared to do so once the votes were counted. “I’m confident we’ll emerge victorious,” he said, pledging to be a leader of all Americans, regardless of politics. “There will be no blue states and red states when we win, just the United States of America.”
1:17 p.m. Michigan called for Biden: Joe Biden is poised to win the state of Michigan and its electoral college votes, according to a CNN projection.
1:14 p.m. Protesters call to stop vote counting in Michigan: An NBC reporter posted a video on Twitter of protesters in Detroit trying to storm into a facility where votes are being counted — all while not socially distancing. Officials who appear to be police officers are blocking the protesters from entering the room. “Everybody step back,” one uniformed official said in the video.
12:57 p.m. Trump team says it’s suing to stop Pennsylvania vote count: President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday that it is suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of “transparency,” The Associated Press reported. There have been no reports of fraud or any type of ballot concerns out of Pennsylvania. Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.
12:53 p.m. Nevada elections officials clarify plan for announcing results: Nevada election officials clarified their plans for announcing election results in Clark and Washoe counties after a confusing set of announcements obscured the plan. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, will announce results at 1 p.m. Washoe County, that includes Reno, will announce at 3 p.m. The state has little sense of how many uncounted absentee ballots remained as of Wednesday afternoon.
12:38 p.m.: Oakland demonstration organizer calls Trump comments ‘an affront to democracy’: Zachary Norris, the executive director of the Ella Baker Human Rights Center, a community organization, said Trump’s early morning comments declaring a victory were an “affront to democracy” and the reason to gather outside Oakland City Hall on Wednesday. “That’s not how democracy works,” Norris said. “Leaders don’t pick the leaders, voters pick the leaders. We are here to make sure that democracy is respected and to make sure that every vote is counted.”
12:39 p.m. Sen. Susan Collins delivers victory speech: In a state Democrats hoped to flip, incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine prevailed with 51.1% of the vote in her bid for reelection against Democratic challenger Sara Gideon. Collins said in her victory speech: “I am the first person since Maine directly elected its senators to win a fifth term.”
12:37 p.m: Dozens gather outside Oakland City Hall in demonstration to ‘count every vote.’ Peggy Merz, 72, drove from Novato to Oakland for the demonstration because she said democracy and the future of the country is in “high threat” due to President Trump’s actions in the elections. Holding a yellow sign that read, “1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, Merz said she was here to fight for her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. “I’m here to protect the vote so that they can have that and to protect democracy so they can have that,” she said.
12:08 p.m. Washoe County, Nevada plans election update: Wahsoe County in Nevada, a key county in a key battleground state, will release election results Wednesday at 6 p.m., MSNBC reported. Nevada elections officials tweeted earlier in the day that official, statewide counts were not coming until Thursday morning.
11:33 a.m. Alameda County still has hundreds of thousands of uncounted votes: As of Wednesday morning, Alameda County has at least 350,000 more votes to count, said Tim Dupuis, from the county’s Registrar of Voters. Dupuis said he expects those numbers to grow as the office accounts for votes dropped off at the polls on Tuesday. The next update will be at the end of the day on Thursday and then everyday after that until most of the votes are counted. The votes could make a difference in Oakland City Council elections where incumbents are currently leading in early returns in three of the five races.
11:32 a.m. San Francisco still has 90,000 uncounted ballots: The San Francisco Department of Elections still had about 90,000 ballots left to count Wednesday morning. That includes about 81,000 mail-in ballots and 9,000 provisional ballots. The department is also expecting the postal service to deliver nearly 2,700 ballots Wednesday. This mound of uncounted votes could make a difference in some of the campaigns for the Board of Supervisors that have razor-thin margins — like the District One race, which is currently separated by 43 votes.
11:27 a.m. Biden wins Wisconsin: Both The Associated Press and CNN called Wisconsin for Joe Biden Wednesday, adding to Biden’s momentum post-election night.
11:12 a.m. Young voter turnout soars in battleground states: Youth voter turnout in 11 battleground states was between 47% and 49%, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. Early data suggests that nearly half of all eligible young people voted in the most critical races in the country. Based on these rates, experts predict that youth voter turnout could rise to 51% 53% across these states, a ten-point increase than at the same point in time during the 2016 presidential election.
11:07 a.m. CNN calls Wisconsin for Biden: CNN has called Wisconsin for Democrat Joe Biden. The state went to President Trump four years ago. Trump trails Biden by just 20,500 votes, with 98% reporting. The Trump campaign has pledged to request an immediate recount.
10:54 a.m. Gap tweet sparks backlash: Gap, the clothing retailer, tweeted an image Wednesday of a red and blue hoodie in the aftermath of the 2020 election with the caption: “The one thing we know, is that together, we can move forward.” The tweet was only up for about an hour and a half before it was taken down following a Twitter backlash. In an email to The Chronicle, a Gap spokesperson wrote “The intention of our social media post, that featured a red and blue hoodie, was to show the power of unity. It was just too soon for this message.”
10:37 a.m. Democrat concedes Maine Senate race to Collins: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine declared victory with 51% of the vote Wednesday morning. In a Facebook livestream, Collins said she received “a very gracious call” from Democratic challenger Sara Gideon conceding the race. The victory is not yet certain, however: Collins must stay above the 50% threshold in order to avoid triggering Maine’s ranked choice voting system. The Associated Press has not yet called the race.
10:30 a.m. Democrat takes lead in Michigan Senate race: Michigan Sen. Gary Peters pulled ahead of Republican challenger John James by just 1,020 votes Wednesday morning, according to the New York Times. James took an early lead, but that was before hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots had been tallied. Democrats are banking on a Peters’ victory to regain majority control of the Senate.
10:23 a.m. About 200,000 votes left to count in Georgia: Election officials in the battleground state of Georgia said roughly 200,000 votes remain to be counted. Between 40,000 to 50,000 of those were cast during early voting along with absentee ballots, the Associated Press reports. Georgia hasn’t been declared a win for either President Donald Trump or Democratic candidate Joe Biden since the race there is too close to call.
10:21 a.m. Trump vows recount request in Wisconsin: Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the president is “well within the threshold to request a recount” in Wisconsin and would “immediately do so.” The campaign cast doubt on the state’s absentee vote tallies, which gave Democrat Joe Biden a 20,000 lead overnight. Reports of irregularities “raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” Stepien said in a statement Wednesday morning. A recount is permitted if the margin of victory is less than 1%.
10:10 a.m. Wisconsin nearly done tallying votes: Nearly all votes in Wisconsin votes have been tallied, with the exception of two small towns with around 600 voters, Wisconsin elections officials said Wednesday morning. Meagan Wolfe, the director of the Wisconsin elections commissioner told NBC that all 72 counties’ unofficial results have been reported. Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Trump by more than 20,000 votes on Wednesday morning when Milwaukee reported its 170,000 absentee votes.
9:43 a.m. Nevada officials: Unknown number of absentee ballots: Election officials in Nevada said they don’t know how many mail-in ballots remain throughout the state, where Democrat Joe Biden leads President Trump by less than 8,000 votes. Clark County, encompassing Las Vegas and its suburbs, could have more than 50,000 uncounted absentee ballots, according to The Nevada Independent. Election officials haven’t yet analyzed outstanding ballot data from each county, a spokeswoman for the Nevada secretary of state told the Chronicle. The state has said it would release new poll numbers Thursday.
9:37 a.m. Kanye concedes: The rapper Kanye West announced his intention to run for president of the United States as an independent earlier this year, but only garnered at least 60,000 votes Tuesday, according to Deadline. The rapper posted on Twitter Wednesday morning an image of his side profile before a map of the southern United States with the caption “KANYE 2024.”
9:33 a.m. Uber, Lyft shares see $10 billion gain after Proposition 22’s passage: Shares of the two San Francisco ride-hailing companies soared after the passage of Prop. 22, which allowed them to avoid the potential costs of hiring ride-hail drivers as employees. The market’s swift reward for the ballot measure’s success suggests that the $205 million-plus Uber, Lyft and other backers spent on the Yes on 22 campaign was a good investment.
8:28 a.m. Stock market sees tech as a winner: Even without a clear result in the presidential contest, investors cheered. The Dow and S&P indexes rallied 2.7% and 2.2% respectively in the first two hours of trading and the tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped 3.8%. Uber and Lyft shares rocketed up more than 10% with the passage of Proposition 22 in California, which allowed them to keep drivers as independent contractors.
8:09 a.m. Biden’s path to victory widens as Trump’s narrows overnight. Here’s where each candidate stands: As Americans slept, or tried to sleep, Tuesday night into Wednesday, ballot counting across the nation continued. And by mid-morning, the momentum in the race for the White House had shifted. The color changed on two key pieces of the electoral map: Wisconsin and Michigan. Read the latest on where candidates stand here.
7:55 a.m. Caltrain wins bid for crucial tax increase: Caltrain, hemorrhaging money during the pandemic, won its bid for a temporary lifeline and long-term financial future with the support of voters in three counties for a sales tax raise. Voters in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties approved Measure RR with 70% voting for and 30% against. The measure required approval from two-thirds of voters. The measure will allow a 1/8-cent sales tax increase in those counties and raise an estimated $108 million annually for 30 years. Read the story here.
7:41 a.m. Record-breaking election turnout: More than 160 million people voted in Tuesday’s election, a turnout rate of nearly 67%, according to the United States Election Project. That’s the highest turnout rate in over a hundred years, said Michael McDonald, the University of Florida political science professor who maintains the data project.
7:05 a.m. Race tightens in battleground states: Joe Biden’s prospects shifted overnight as votes poured in from large metropolitan areas including Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta. The former vice president overtook President Trump in Michigan, eked out a slim lead in Wisconsin, and was projected to capture a majority of absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. Mail-in ballot counts continued Wednesday morning and are expected to last for days.
6:28 a.m. Republican leads in MI Senate race The Michigan Senate race between incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James remained too close to call Wednesday morning, the Detroit Free Press reported. James led by about 25,000 votes, but hundreds of thousands of ballots have yet to be tallied. The race is crucial to Democrats’ plan to regain majority control of the Senate.
6:14 a.m. Michigan still a nail-biter: Democrat Joe Biden jumped ahead of President Trump in Michigan by 10,000 votes Wednesday morning, according to CNN tallies. Trump had an early lead in the battleground state, but now trails Biden by just 0.2%.
6:09 a.m. Biden holding Wisconsin: Democrat Joe Biden held onto a slim lead in Wisconsin as Milwaukee County reported its tallies Wednesday morning. Biden is ahead by just 21,000 votes statewide with 97% precincts reporting.
5:57 a.m. Philly ballot count begins again: Philadelphia live streamed election workers counting absentee ballots Wednesday morning. Just 22% of the city’s mailed ballots have been tallied so far, with 276,000 remaining. Results from the Democratic stronghold could lift Democrat Joe Biden’s chances in the state, where he currently trails President Trump by 11%.
5:49 a.m. Oregon passes measure to decriminalize drugs: Oregon voters passed that state’s Measure 110, an initiative that would decriminalize possession of all illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Voters approved the measure with a 59% “yes” vote. Rather than jail time, offenders would receive a $100 fine or a reccomendation for treatment services, marking an important moment in the history of U.S. drug policy.
5:45 a.m. Absentee count recommences in GA: The two Georgia counties that encompass Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs are set to resume counting absentee ballots Wednesday morning after an overnight pause, CNN reported. An estimated 127,000 ballots remain in those Democrat-heavy counties. President Trump maintained a 2% lead over Democrat Joe Biden as of Tuesday night, with 92% precincts reporting.
5:29 a.m. Biden leads in PA absentee tallies: Democrat Joe Biden has won 77% of mailed-in votes tallied in Pennsylvania so far, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Biden stands to edge out President Trump for the battleground state’s 20 electoral college votes if that rate continues for the 1.4 million remaining uncounted absentee ballots.
4:58 a.m. Collins holds lead in Maine: Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins held onto a 6% lead over Democratic challenger Sara Gideon as of Wednesday morning, with 69% precincts reporting. Collins, the only Republican senator who has not endorsed President Trump, appeared likely to win a fifth term.
4:45 a.m. Absentee count continues in PA: Pennsylvania had tallied just 44% of absentee ballots as of Wednesday morning. More than 1.4 million ballots remained uncounted, many from Democrat-heavy areas, like Philadelphia. Counties will continue to accept ballots postmarked by election day until Friday, officials said. President Trump currently has an 11% lead in the crucial battleground state, which he won in 2016.
4:27 a.m. Biden gains on Trump in Michigan: Democrat Joe Biden narrowed President Trump’s lead in Michigan to just 27,000 votes after the state released new tallies from heavily Democratic precincts early Wednesday morning. Trump jumped to an early lead in the battleground state, but now leads by less than 1%, with 86% of precincts reporting. Sixteen electoral college votes are at stake.
3:44 a.m. Nevada to announce ballot results Thursday: Nevada election officials said they’ll resume announcing ballot-counting results no sooner than Thursday morning. While the number of outstanding ballots is difficult to estimate, officials said, left to count, mail-in ballots received on election day, mail-in ballots that trickle in over the next week and provisional ballots still need to be counted.
3:05 a.m. Race tightens in Nevada, Wisconsin as other states wait to resume count: Democrat Joe Biden was clinging to narrow leads over President Trump in Nevada and Wisconsin, two pivotal battlegrounds. Both may well be key to Biden’s shot at the White House. He led Trump by less than 1% in each. The race was more uncertain in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. Many votes remained to be counted in those states’ large metro areas — Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta — Democratic bastions that could help Biden as officials were to resume counting mail-in ballots later Wednesday morning.
2:55 a.m. Montana GOP senator beats back challenge: Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines held off a well-funded challenge from Gov. Steve Bullock in Tuesday’s balloting.
2:43 a.m. Dems lose some House seats: Democrats drove Wednesday toward extending their control of the House for two more years but with a potentially shrunken majority as they lost at least six incumbents and failed to oust any Republican lawmakers in initial returns. Democrats gained two North Carolina seats vacated by GOP incumbents. But Republicans managed to defeat 15-term Rep. Collin Peterson from a rural Minnesota district that backed President Trump in 2016 by 31 percentage points. Also losing were freshmen Democrats Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala in adjacent South Florida districts, and Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico and Kendra Horn in Oklahoma.
2:20 a.m. Biden wins Hawaii: Democrat Joe Biden has added Hawaii to his arsenal in the fight to oust President Trump, the Associated Press projects. Biden easily won the state’s four electoral votes, leading Trump 65% to 33% in partial returns.
2:24 p.m. Biden team vows to join any legal fight Trump tries: Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign pledged to fight any efforts by the Trump campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated. Trump’s assertion that he’ll “be going to the U.S. Supreme Court” and that he wants “all voting to stop” is “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in pre-dawn statement Wednesday. She says the Biden campaign has “legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.” And she says, “They will prevail.”
2:12 a.m. Trump finds votes in several California counties: While California and its 55 electoral votes were going to Democrat Joe Biden’s cache, President Trump found solace, if not electoral votes, in several counties. The counties that went for Trump, in partial returns, were Tulare and Kings in the Central Valley, much of the Sierra Nevada and several counties in the far north of the state.
2:06 a.m. Bay Area voters approve school taxes: Bay Area voters largely agreed Tuesday to increase their property taxes to pay to build better school facilities and would pass parcel taxes to cover costs for art, music, libraries, salaries and other purposes. Read how the 13 school measures were faring as election day faded to Wednesday.
2:02 a.m. Biden slips narrowly past Trump in Wisconsin: Democrat Joe Biden essentially tied President Trump in Wisconsin early Wednesday, with the slimmest of leads as 95% of expected vote totals were counted. Biden surpassed Trump by about 11,000 votes when more ballots poured in from Milwaukee, the state’s Democratic stronghold. Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes are critical in the tight race to 270 electoral votes.
1:51 a.m. Biden’s Arizona win aided by Latino voters: Democrat Joe Biden flipped Arizona to the Democratic column thanks to a strong showing in Maricopa County, where Phoenix and its suburbs have about 60% of the state’s voters. Biden won by a nearly 2-to-1 margin among Latinos, who constitute 19% of the Arizona electorate, and also was the favorite among seniors, who are nearly 1 in every 3 voters there, according to exit polls. Read more.
1:35 a.m. Biden wins Maine popular vote: Democrat Joe Biden has won at least 3 of Maine’s 4 electoral votes, the Associated Press projects. But it was unclear if President Trump would win Maine’s 1 remaining electoral vote; the race was too close to call in the state’s 2nd Congressional District. Maine is one of two states that splits electoral votes by district.
1:29 a.m. California Democrats hanging on in House races: California Democrats were on their way to holding on to most of the congressional seats they won in the party’s sweep of the 2018 midterm elections. The tightest races included a Fresno-area seat in the Central Valley and two Orange County contests. The most closely watched battle had GOP Rep. Mike Garcia of Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County) losing to Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith, in a seat spreading from the high desert to the Ventura County city of Simi Valley. Read more here.
1 a.m. Democrats pick up Senate seats, but GOP control likely: Democrats have picked up Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado, the Associated Press projects. However, the party lost a Senate seat in Alabama, as expected, and failed to flip tight races in Iowa and Montana. The likely outcome may be that Republicans will keep a majority in the Senate, albeit a thinner majority. The chamber is currently split 53-47, and Democrats were unlikely to net more than a few seats. Other competitive Senate races in Maine, North Carolina, Michigan and Georgia were too close to call on Wednesday morning. Read more here.
12:52 a.m. Prop. F passes: A San Francisco ballot measure that approves sweeping business tax changes passed Tuesday night, with results including a large number of mail-in ballots. Read the whole story here.
12:45 a.m. Prop. 23 loses big: Kidney dialysis companies spent heavily to defeat Prop. 23, which would have created new safety regulations for dialysis clinics that serve 80,000 patients in California. Voters soundly rejected the proposition. Read the whole story here.
12:42 a.m. Prop. 25 trailing: A ballot measure to abolish cash bail in California and allow judges to decide whether a defendant should be freed before trial was trailing early Wednesday morning as votes continued to be counted. Read the story here.
12:32 a.m. California voters pass Prop. 22: Prop. 22, the richly funded measure backed by gig companies seeking to keep their workers as independent contractors, was passed by California voters.
12:28 a.m. California’s Proposition 24 passes: Voters passed Prop. 24, which prohibits legislators from weakening the California Consumer Privacy Act, creates a state agency to enforce privacy protections, and gives people more control over how tech companies use their personal information, such as race or health data.
12:23 a.m. Biden holds lead in Nevada: Democrat Joe Biden maintained a narrow lead early Wednesday in Nevada, a state President Trump was eager to turn red. Biden led, 50.3% to 47.8%, in partial results. Trump narrowly lost the state in 2016, but Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and many Californians, flooded the state to campaign for Biden.
12:15 a.m. Biden takes Arizona, complicating Trump’s path: Democrat Joe Biden has won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes, snatching a state that Trump took in 2016, the Associated Press and Fox News project. Biden led Trump, 51.8% to 46.8%, with 80% of expected votes counted Wednesday morning. Biden’s win clouded a Trump clear path to victory while millions of votes were still being counted in other battleground states. Arizona hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since it backed Bill Clinton in 1996. The state has turned steadily purple as it undergoes a demographic transformation, with more Latino and younger voters moving into the state.
12:01 a.m. Newsom vows every vote will be counted: Gov. Gavin Newsom quickly and bluntly pushed back against President Trump’s demand that states stop counting ballots. “Every vote will be counted,” Newsom tweeted as Trump spoke on election night. Trump vowed to ask the Supreme Court to stop the counting of ballots, presumably mail-in ballots.
11:48 p.m. Rick Santorum ‘very distressed’ by Trump comments: Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican from Pennsylvania who ran against President Trump in 2016 but then endorsed him, said Tuesday night that he was “very distressed by what I heard the president say” — specifically Trump’s allegations of fraud and disenfranchisement in the election. Santorum, now a CNN commentator, said it was wrong to allege fraud just because vote counters in some states don’t get all the tallies finished on election day, but will come back to finish over the course of another day or more. There’s nothing nefarious in that normal procedure, he said. “Using the word fraud is wrong,” he added.
11:35 p.m. Trump vows to take election fight to Supreme Court: President Trump, claiming he has already won the election, is vowing to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court, although that would presumably have to involve layers of lower court decisions. “We want all the voting to stop,” Trump said. “We will win this. As far as I’m concerned, we already have.” Trump spoke as the race with Democrat Joe Biden was too close to call in a handful of battleground states where millions of votes are still uncounted. Due to huge numbers of mail-in ballots, a final tally could take weeks in some states. Trump’s comments, which although startling had been previewed by his repeated and fierce attacks on mail-in voting, raised the liklihood of a protracted legal fight over swing states like Pennsylvania and Georgia. “You know what happened, they knew they couldn’t win, so they said let’s go to court,” Trump asserted, without evidence or specifics.
11:30 p.m. Trump says ‘sad group of people’ trying to disenfranchise his voters: President Trump on Wednesday morning falsely claimed Democrats were disenfranchising his supporters — apparently due to the ongoing counting of mail ballots, as is normal, over the coming days — and pledged to go to the Supreme Court for support. During a fiery speech in the White House, he said, “We won’t stand for it.” Trump falsely claimed that he has already won Georgia and North Carolina, where partial returns were too close to call, and many votes still uncounted.
11:18 Prop. 25 falling behind: The ballot measure to abolish cash bail in California and allow judges to decide whether a defendant should be freed before trial was losing 55%-45% as vote counts poured in Tuesday night.
11:10 p.m. Trump’s lead in Georgia shrinking: President Trump’s lead in Georgia, a critical battleground state with 16 electoral votes, shrunk to less than 3% early Wednesday morning. Trump led Democrat Joe Biden, 50.6% to 48.1%, in partial returns. Biden narrowed the lead as votes were counted in the Atlanta metro area, where Black voters favored Biden by a large margin.
11:06 p.m. No blue wave and no red wave: The presidential campaign that has chugged along for nearly two years — through an impeachment, a pandemic and a racial justice movement — will last at least through Wednesday. Too many key battleground states remained too close to call late Tuesday as only one battleground state — Arizona, where Joe Biden was leading — appeared it might change hands from 2016. If Biden holds his lead there, Arizona would be the first battleground state to flip from four years ago, and would narrow President Trump’s path to victory. Read more here.
11 p.m. Progressive candidates leading in S.F. supervisors races: Progressive candidates had a slight lead Tuesday night in several races with votes still being counted for the five Board of Supervisors seats up for election. The outcome could have major implications for Mayor London Breed, who has few allies on the board. Lead vote-getters in early returns included Connie Chan in District One, Aaron Peskin in District Three, Dean Preston in District Five, and Ahsha Safaí in District 11. In District Seven, Joel Engardio was leading but Myrna Melgar has the lead when ranked choice voting is calculated.
10:57 p.m. Prop. 24 appears headed for victory: Prop. 24, which would strengthen California’s consumer privacy protection law, appeared headed for victory Tuesday night. It was ahead, 56.5% to 43.5%,with about 10 million ballots counted. A simple majority needed for passage.
10:54 p.m. Prop. I real estate transfer tax hike wins: A San Francisco ballot measure to raise the real estate transfer tax to generate as much as $100 million a year won handily on Tuesday.
10:50 p.m. Trump, Biden split Nebraska: President Trump has won 4 of Nebraska’s 5 electoral votes, the Associated Press and CNN project. But Democrat Joe Biden won the remaining 1 electoral vote in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District; Nebraska is one of two states that splits electoral votes by district. The state’s lone electoral vote for Biden could prove critical in the unlikely event of a near tie in the Electoral College.
10:43 p.m. Biden leads in Maine: Joe Biden held a substantial lead over President Trump in Maine Tuesday night with 82% of expected votes counted. Biden was ahead 53% to 44% in the battle for the northern state’s 4 electoral votes.
10:33 p.m. S.F.’s Prop. D and Prop. E, law enforcement reform measures, pass decisively: San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures that would make modest reforms to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office and Police Department. Read the full story here.
10:37 p.m. Alameda Measure Z to allow denser housing, loses: A initiative to throw out a 1973 law that banned multifamily apartment buildings in much of the East Bay island community of Alameda went down to defeat Tuesday, as a majority of the town’s electorate voted against allowing more density in the city of 78,000 — Measure Z was behind 59% to 41% with all precincts reporting. Read the story here.
10:31 p.m. George Gascón leading in Los Angeles County district attorney race: Early voting results showed former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was leading in the race to become Los Angeles County’s next top prosecutor, as he seeks to unseat a two-term incumbent on a reformist platform. Preliminary results showed Gascón with 54.5% of the vote as Jackie Lacey trailed with 45.5%. Read more here.
10:26 p.m. California Dems doing well in House races: California Democrats were on their way Tuesday night to holding on to most of the congressional seats they won in the party’s sweep of the 2018 midterm elections. Read the story here.
10:23 p.m. Trump is anticipated victor in Texas and Iowa: President Trump has carried two Republican-leaning states he won four years ago: Texas and Iowa, media projections based on partial returns show. Trump won Texas’ 38 electoral votes and Iowa’s six, the Associated Press projects. Democrat Joe Biden put up a fight in both states, but Trump reclaimed the top spot as more votes poured in. Trump was ahead of Biden 52% to 46% in Texas, and 53% to 46% in Iowa, according to unofficial returns.
10:20 p.m. Biden pushes back on Trump tweet: Democrat Joe Biden pushed back against President Trump’s tweet declaring victory in the election. “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election,” Biden tweeted early Wednesday morning. “It’s the voters’ place.” Trump tweeted around 9:45 p.m. Pacific that he plans to make a statement about his “big WIN” later tonight. Trump also suggested, in a post Twitter labeled as possibly misleading, that Democrats are trying to “steal the election.”
10:18 p.m. Twitter labels Trump tweet possibly misleading: Twitter labeled President Trump’s tweet alleging cheating in the presidential election as possible misinformation. “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process,” the label read. Twitter took action within minutes after Trump questioned the integrity of the election in a tweet: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election.” Trump has falsely claimed that counting mail-in ballots received after election day is cheating.
10:16 p.m. Candidates take early leads in CCSF board race: Two incumbents and two newcomers took leading positions in early returns Tuesday night in the crowded race for four seats on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees. The leading vote-getters were incumbents Shanell Williams and Tom Temprano and newcomers Aliya Chisti and Alan Wong. They are among 11 candidates competing to sit on the seven-member governing board of the financially troubled college. Read the story here.
10:12 p.m. Bay Area school districts looking to raise property taxes: School districts across the Bay Area, including in San Francisco and Marin and Alameda counties, could be raising property taxes to fund better school facilities and would pass parcel taxes to cover costs for art, music, libraries, salaries and other purposes, according to early returns. Read the how the measures fared in early returns.
10:09 p.m. Prop. F leading early on: Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors sponsored the measure, which would eliminate the city’s payroll tax and gradually raise gross receipts tax rates by 40% for all industries. The measure was was leading early on. Read the whole story here.
10:07 p.m. Crowd gathers outside Oakland City Hall: More than 70 people assembled to criticize both presidential candidates. Signs read “Choose ur racist Joe? Trump?” and “Both parties serve capitalism.” Another protest is planned for noon Wednesday.
10:06 p.m. Voters reject Prop. 21 to expand rent control: California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the state to limit rent control. Proposition 21 trailed 41%-59%, with a gap that widened throughout Tuesday evening. The initiative, which required a simple majority to pass, would have expanded the housing eligible to be covered by local rent regulations, including newer buildings, single-family homes and apartments vacated by their tenants. Read the story here.
10 p.m. Measure RR: Caltrain takes early lead in bid for tax increase: Caltrain on Tuesday was winning a bid for a temporary lifeline and long-term financial future with the support of voters in three counties for a sales tax raise. Measure RR, which requires approval from two-thirds of voters, was ahead in early returns. San Francisco County reported 74.7% to 25.3% votes, San Mateo 73.1% to 26.9%, and Santa Clara 68.6% to 31.5%. It would allow a 1/8-cent sales tax increase in those counties and raise an estimated $108 million annually for 30 years. Read the story here.
9:58 p.m. Biden says ‘it ain’t over’; Trump claims Dems trying to ‘steal’ election: Democrat Joe Biden said early Wednesday morning that he’s hopeful for victory when all mail-in ballots are counted. “We feel good about where we are,” Biden told supporters at a drive-in event in Wilmington, Del. “It ain’t over until every vote, every ballot is counted. But we’re feeling good.” President Trump claimed that Democrats are trying to rig the election, without providing evidence. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election, Trump tweeted. “We will never let them do it.”
9:50 p.m. Trump wins Ohio, Biden takes Minnesota: Two battleground states that Trump and Biden hoped to flip this election aren’t close to being tossups after all. The Associated Press projects Trump will win Ohio, with 94% of expected votes counted, where Biden had an earlier lead. Biden was the projected winner in Minnesota, where the Trump campaign hoped to expand its map.
9:45 p.m. Trump wins Florida: President Trump is projected to win Florida’s 29 electoral votes, the Associated Press and CNN project. Democrat Joe Biden’s projected loss there squashed hopes of a decisive Democratic victory emerging on election night.
9:20 p.m. Prop. 15 too close to call: The state ballot measure, which would partially overhaul Prop. 13 by removing property tax protections for commercial buildings, was narrowly behind, 49.8% to 50.2%, with votes continuing to come in.
9:47 p.m. Trump looks to break Democratic ‘blue wall’ — again: President Trump held onto sizable leads in three crucial battleground states that sent him to the White House in 2016: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump led Democrat Joe Biden by 14% in Pennsylvania; 10% in Michigan; and 4.7% in Wisconsin, with at least 50% of the expected vote counted in all three states. But election experts warn that early results could provide an incomplete picture because many mail-in ballots, which skew Democratic, have not been counted. Election officials in the three states could not begin counting mail-in ballots until election day. Biden likely has no plausible path to victory unless he wins at least two of the states.
9:44 p.m. Prop. 20 seeking to increase some sentences, loses: An initiative to increase punishment for theft crimes and make some prisoners ineligible for parole hearings was rejected by California voters Tuesday. Proposition 20, backed by law enforcement organizations, was a test of California voters’ attitudes on crime and punishment, which have swung back and forth in the last four decades. Read the story here.
9:40 p.m. Wiener wins second term: State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, won reelection Tuesday. He defeated fellow Democrat Jackie Fielder in the 11th Senate District, leading 60% to 40% in unofficial returns.
9:37 p.m. Incumbents hold early leads in BART races. Despite fierce challenges in several districts, BART’s incumbent board directors held leads in early returns Tuesday night. Board President Lateefah Simon, a social justice advocate who heads BART’s board, had 67% of votes in early returns, signaling that her platform emphasizing police reform appealed to a majority of voters.
9:16 p.m. Prop. 16: Voters rejecting affirmative action: As votes continued to pour in, a bid to end the ban on affirmative action for California government agencies and public universities was losing, with voters rejecting a ballot measure that would again allow the consideration of race and sex in state hiring, contracting and admissions decisions. Proposition 16 trailed 46%-54% Tuesday night, with a simple majority needed for passage. Read the story here.
9:28 p.m. S.F. Prop. D and E: Law enforcement reforms leading in early returns: San Francisco voters were embracing two ballot measures that would make modest reforms to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office and Police Department. Proposition D, which would create a seven-member Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board was winning, 68% to 32%, in early returns. Proposition E, which would eliminate a minimum staffing requirement for the Police Department was also poised to pass, 73% to 27%, in early returns. Read the full story here.
9:27 p.m. Incumbents leading in Oakland: Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo and Dan Kalb had early leads in theirs bids to hold on to their Oakland City Council seats, while challenger Carroll Fife was leading in District 5. City Attorney Barbara Parker was leading in early returns with over 80% of the vote as well.
9:23 p.m. Pelosi cruises to reelection: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been reelected. Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, easily defeated challenger Shahid Buttar, 80% to 20% in unofficial returns. Pelosi has represented the city in Congress since 1987.
9:10 p.m. Prop. I real estate transfer tax hike leading: A San Francisco ballot measure that would raise the real estate transfer tax to generate as much as $100 million a year was ahead in early counts Tuesday.
9:20 p.m. San Francisco measures leading in early returns: Voters were backing several propositions on the ballot in early returns, including a $487.5 million bond and a parcel tax for schools as well as a plan to overhaul the city’s business-tax structure.
9:17 p.m. Democrats on track to flip Arizona Senate seat: Democrat Mark Kelly held a 10-point lead over Republican incumbent Martha McSally in the race for U.S. Senate in Arizona, in early returns Tuesday. Kelly, a former astronaut, was poised to flip the seat, with 75% of the expected vote counted. If the seat indeed turns blue, Democrats could be within a few races of flipping control of the Senate.
9:14 p.m. Prop. 25 trails in early returns: A ballot measure to abolish cash bail in California and allow judges to decide whether a defendant should be freed before trial was trailing in early returns Tuesday night. Proposition 25, backed by Democratic leaders and most civil rights groups and opposed by the bail bond industry, was narrowly trailing with 2.7 million votes, or 52.6%, in an early tally of mostly mailed-in votes. Read the whole story here.
9:05 p.m. Biden projected to take Colorado: Joe Biden will emerge victorious in Colorado, holding onto a western state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, news agencies project. With 80% of expected votes counted, Biden was handily leading President Trump 57%-42%.
9:02 p.m. Prop. 16: Early returns show voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action: A bid to end the ban on affirmative action for California government agencies and public universities was locked in a close battle Tuesday night, with voters narrowly rejecting a ballot measure that would again allow the consideration of race and sex in state hiring, contracting and admissions decisions. Proposition 16 trailed 48%-52% in early returns, with a simple majority needed for passage. The first returns included a large number of mail-in ballots.
8:58 p.m. Wiener takes strong lead in early returns: Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, was leading 57.7% to 42.3% in his bid for a second term in early returns Tuesday. On the Peninsula, Democrat Josh Becker had a commanding lead over his opponent, 79.5%-20.5%.
8:56 p.m. Alameda voting to keep ban on multifamily apartment buildings: A initiative to throw out a 1973 law that banned multifamily apartment buildings in much of the East Bay island community of Alameda was losing in early returns Tuesday. A a majority of voters were rejecting more density in the city of 78,000 — Measure Z was behind 58% to 42%. Read the story here.
8:54 p.m. Measure giving 17-year-olds the vote in some elections trails: Proposition 18, which would change the California Constitution to allow some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, was losing Tuesday night in early returns. Voters were rejecting the change in election law by a solid margin as the first ballots were tallied. Read the story here.
8:51 p.m. Robert McConnell holding slight lead in Vallejo mayoral race: McConnell, a city council member, held a slight lead over council member Hakeem Brown in the five-way race to become Vallejo’s next mayor, as early returns came in Tuesday night. McConnell was ahead with nearly 42% of the vote, with Brown trailing at 40%, according to Solano County election results.
8:48 p.m. Arizona votes to legalize marijuana: Arizonans will join most of their neighboring Western states in legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use, the Associated Press projects. Voters in the Grand Canyon state were on track to easily approve a measure legalizing marijuana for anyone over 21 years old.
8:42 p.m. Iowa teeters: President Trump regained the lead in traditionally red Iowa, edging past Joe Biden in partial returns, 51% to 48%, after 83% of the expected vote was tallied.
8:38 p.m. Prop. 24 ahead in early returns: California’s Proposition 24, which would expand the state’s landmark consumer privacy law, led in early returns Tuesday night, 55% to 45%. Read the story here.
8:37 p.m. BART board president leads in Alameda County: BART board president Lateefah Simon had a commanding lead in early returns in Alameda County Tuesday night, with 76 % of the vote, compared to 23 % for her challenger, Sharon Kidd. Simon has advocated for extensive police reform on BART.
8:35 p.m. California stem cell measure passing: Proposition 14, the state measure to re-fund California’s stem cell agency, was passing 51% to 49% in early returns. The $5.5 billion bond measure needs a simple majority to pass.
8:32 p.m. Biden holds narrow Iowa lead: Democrat Joe Biden is holding off President Trump in Iowa, a state he easily won in 2016. According to early returns, Biden led Trump 50% to 48%, with nearly two-thirds of the expected vote counted. Iowa’s six electoral votes could prove critical as the race tightens and could be decided by a few Midwestern states.
8:27 p.m. Proposition 22 leading: The ballot measure, richly backed by Uber, Lyft and other gig-work companies, was leading in early returns. The companies spent heavily to pass the measure, which would exempt ride-hail drivers and meal couriers from California’s AB5 and keep them as independent contractors.
8:26 p.m. Prop. 21: Early returns indicate rejection of rent control measure: California voters are poised to reject a ballot measure that would allow the state to limit rent control. Proposition 21 trailed 65%-35% in early returns, which included a large number of mail-in ballots. The initiative, which requires a simple majority for passage, would expand the housing that could be covered by local rent regulations, including newer buildings, single-family homes and apartments vacated by their tenants.
8:22 p.m. Prop. 17 leads in early returns — would give parolees right to vote: A ballot measure allowing 50,000 former prisoners in California to vote while on parole was leading in early returns Tuesday. Proposition 17, a proposal to add California to the 19 states and the District of Columbia that grant voting rights to parolees, was leading by 51% to 49% in the first results. Read the story here.
8:13 p.m. Trump hanging on in Texas: With three quarters of expected votes counted, President Trump held on to a lead in the Lone Star State. Trump was ahead 51.5% to 41%. If the president’s lead held up through the counting, it would deprive Democrats of a dream flip of the state to the Democratic column.
8:05 p.m. Biden projected to win California, West Coast states: Democrat Joe Biden will win California, Oregon and Washington, the Associated Press and CNN project. In a night filled with nail-biter races in the Midwest and South, Biden faced little threat from President Trump on the West Coast.
7:56 p.m. Biden wins New Hampshire, outlets project: Democrat Joe Biden has won the battleground state of New Hampshire, CNN, MSNBC and CBS project. President Trump narrowly lost the state in 2016. But Biden held a 53.8% to 44.9% edge over Trump in early returns, with about a third of the vote counted. As Biden loses ground in other swing states, New Hampshire’s four electoral votes could be critical in a tight contest.
7:54 p.m. Biden jumps to an early lead in Arizona: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden led President Trump in the first results out of Arizona, 53.7% to 45%. But the results reflect early in-person and mail voting in the state, which were stronger for Democrats, with tallies from in-person balloting expected to help Trump. The battlegrou
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