Four days after Election Day and neither President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden has amassed the votes needed to win the White House. But Biden’s victories in the Great Lakes states left him at 264, meaning he was one battleground state away — any would do — from becoming president-elect.
Trump, with 214 electoral votes, faced a much higher hurdle. To reach 270, he needed to claim all four remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.
4:55 p.m. – Celebrations continue in Chicago
3:55 p.m. – CTA announced reroutes in Loop
3:07 p.m. – Photos show President Trump arrive back to White House from golf trip
2:35 p.m. – Chicagoans celebrate after Joe Biden declared president-elect
2:22 p.m. – World leaders react to Joe Biden beating President Trump in 2020 Election
Although President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded defeat, people around the world were celebrating Biden’s victory Saturday and some were expressing hope that the Democrat will quickly set to work on combating climate change.
2 p.m. – Street closures in downtown Chicago
Chicago police have blocked off a portion of Wacker Drive at Michigan Avenue as crowds congregate.
Many in the crowd celebrating Biden victory.
CTA busses have been rerouted.
12:40 p.m. – Crowds celebrate outside Wrigley Field in Chicago
12:20 p.m. – Crowds celebrate outside Trump Tower in Chicago
11:13 a.m. – Biden projected to win Nevada
Joe Biden has won Nevada, adding to his Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump.
Biden clinched Nevada on Saturday afternoon, shortly after he won the presidency by taking Pennsylvania.
Trump had made a strong play in Nevada, holding several rallies there in the final stretch of the campaign. Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won Nevada in 2016, and Republicans saw an opening to expand their electoral map.
The pandemic has pummeled Nevada’s tourism-dependent economy, especially, hampering Trump’s ability to make inroads in the state.
Nevada is also home to a large Hispanic population, a voting bloc that typically leans Democratic.
The last Republican presidential candidate to win Nevada was George W. Bush in 2004.
10:55 a.m. — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, speaks after Biden is declared the winner of the presidential race.
10:24 a.m. — Joe Biden is declared the 46th president of the United States, beating President Donald Trump four days after Election Day.
8:45 a.m. — President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning about a press conference in Philadelphia at 10:30 a.m. CST. It is unknown if the president will be speaking at that time.
7 a.m. — The counting continues
The U.S. presidential race is hovering in suspended animation as the long, exacting work of counting votes brings Democrat Joe Biden ever closer to victory over President Donald Trump. The delayed verdict can be attributed to high turnout, a massive number of mail-in ballots and slim margins between the two candidates.
Biden is holding leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia, putting him in an ever-stronger position to capture the 270 Electoral College votes needed to take the White House.
In a speech Friday night, Biden acknowledged the sluggish pace of the count “can be numbing.” But he added: “Never forget the tallies aren’t just numbers: they represent votes and voters.”