2020 election: what we know so far

Americans headed to the polls today in one of the most consequential elections in US history. Here is what we know so far:

First states to be called in presidential race

  • So far Joe Biden has 85 electoral votes and Trump has 61.

  • Among the states to have been called so far for Biden include Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

  • Those called for Trump include Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Huge turnout

  • The US is on course to record the highest voter turnout in over a century. More than 101m people voted early, according to the US Elections Project, the equivalent of 73% of the total votes cast in 2016. Experts predict turnout could be as high as 67%.

  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will watch the night unfold in his hometown Wilmington, Delaware, while Republican nominee Donald Trump is expected to spend it at an election viewing party at the White House.

  • Tonight, before results came in, Biden told reporters he felt “hopeful”, while Trump told Fox News: “We’re feeling very good.”

  • Results in Nevada will be delayed by an hour after the state’s district court judge agreed to extend hours for some Last Vegas-area polling sites until 8pm PT. It comes after the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit requesting the extension following reports of opening delays due to technical problems.

Exit polling

  • According to a CNN nationwide exit poll, about a third of voters said the economy was most important to them, around one in five said racial inequality and about one in six said the coronavirus pandemic.

More details soon – follow this story through the night for “at a glance” updates of the key developments …