Live Election Updates: CBS News calls president race for Joe Biden | Arizona’s Election Authority

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The Associated Press and CBS News projected Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States on Saturday morning.

While the presidential race has been decided, votes are still being counted in local Arizona races. Sign up for election result push alerts on your phone here.

10:30 p.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

After several counties reported new ballot numbers during the day, Joe Biden lead has dwindled down to 18,610. That’s a decline of about 2,000 votes. There are about 108,000 ballots, including early ballots waiting for signature verification, to be counted in Arizona.

6:45 p.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

President-elect Joe Biden spoke in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, to a deeply divided nation Saturday, and made a plea for unity. “This is the time to heal in America,” he said. Read more here

4:48 p.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republicans filed a lawsuit claiming the poll workers in Maricopa County incorrectly rejected ballots that tabulation machines gave errors on. Lawsuit claims voters had to press a green button on the machine instead of getting a manual review of the ballot or casting a new one. Read more here.

11:30 a.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office says there are between 120,000 and 125,000 ballots left to count. About 46,000 of those are provisional ballots.

Click here for live election results as they update.

10:00 a.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

Republican David Schweikert wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, according to AP projections. 

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni was challenging five-term Rep. Schweikert in the suburban 6th District that covers much of north Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. 

Read more about the win here.

9:30 a.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

CBS News just projected that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United State with a win in Pennsylvania giving him 273 electoral votes and pushing over him the threshold of 270. Read about the historic win here. 

9:07 a.m. — Saturday, Nov. 7

The latest ballot drop from Maricopa County shows that Joe Biden continues to lead President Donald Trump in Arizona. There are 20,573 votes separating the candidates.

Statewide unofficial results (Arizona Secretary of State’s Office)

  • President Donald Trump — 1,579,368 (48.83%)
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden — 1,607,430 (49.69%)
  • Difference —  Biden leads by 20,573 (down 7,479 from Friday night)

Maricopa County unofficial results (Maricopa County Recorder’s Office)

  • President Donald Trump — 977,495 (48%)
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden — 1,023,516 (50%)
  • Difference —  Biden leads by 46,021 (down 7,479 Friday night) 

10 p.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

Protests continued outside the Maricopa County elections department Friday night. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office ramped up their presence to keep everyone safe. Alex Jones came to this rally and spoke for about 20 minutes after he also attended last night’s rally. MCSO said the crowds started to dwindle by 10 p.m. and so far no arrests have been made.

7:30 p.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump is now 29,861 statewide after Maricopa County’s latest vote count was released Friday night. Check latest numbers here.

4:54 p.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

Several counties dropped ballot data during the past hour. Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona is now 38,455 votes. Mark Kelly’s lead over Sen. Martha McSally is now 98,426.

1:30 p.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

Pinal County released new numbers on Friday afternoon. With the update, Biden still holds a 39,769 vote lead in Arizona. This will be Pinal County’s only update of the day. They expect to drop new numbers mid-morning on Saturday. Pinal County does not expect to be done counting ballots until Tuesday. 

11:25 a.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

Trump supporters are in front of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office for a third day in a row. They are asking for all votes to be counted and also claiming voter fraud, which has not been proved to be true. See photos from the protests below.

For several days, Pro-Trump demonstrators have chanted and waved flags outside of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in downtown Phoenix. T…


10:40 a.m. — Friday, Nov. 6 

Facing a disappearing pathway to victory, President Donald Trump offered little indication on Friday he was prepared to concede defeat, leading those around him to wonder who might be able to reckon with a leader who has given virtually no thought to leaving the White House. Read the full story below. 

Facing a disappearing pathway to victory, President Donald Trump offered little indication on Friday he was prepared to concede defeat, leading those around him to wonder who might be able to reckon with a leader who has given virtually no thought to leaving the White House.



9:30 a.m. — Friday, Nov. 6 

CBS News projects Mark Kelly will defeat Sen. Martha McSally in the state’s senate race. AP projected the win early Wednesday morning. 

Kelly, a former astronaut and first-time candidate, had been leading in the polls for most of 2020.

9:00 a.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

New Maricopa County and Santa Cruz election numbers were released at 9 a.m. Currently, Joe Biden has a 43,779 lead in the State of Arizona. On Friday morning in Maricopa County, Joe Biden picked up 28,285 votes. President Trump picked up 31,768 votes. Biden’s lead in Maricopa County shrunk by 3,483 votes. 


7:05 a.m. — Friday, Nov. 6

Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the vote count in Pennsylvania and Georgia Friday morning, closing in on a presidency that hinges on the outcome of tight contests in key battleground states. Click here for the story.

9:45 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5

For a second night in a row, protesters gathered outside the Maricopa County Election HQ in Phoenix as workers inside continued to count ballots. The crowd, mostly supporters of President Trump, was fired up with an appearance by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

9:06 p.m.– Thursday, Nov. 5

As of 9 p.m. Thursday night, the state of Arizona has about 300,000 remaining uncounted ballots remaining. 

In Maricopa County, election officials say that so far, 1,868,141 million ballots have been cast as of Thursday evening. That’s an unofficial number at this point. 

Uncounted Ballots*: 

  • Maricopa County: 204,000 + provisionals
  • Pinal County: 33,800
  • Pima County: 25,700
  • Cochise County: 9,206
  • Yuma County: 8,600
  • Navajo County:7,839
  • Mohave County: 6,503
  • Coconino County: 1,857
  • Santa Cruz County: 1,309
  • Apache County:
  • La Paz County:
  • Gila County:
  • Graham County:
  • Greenlee County:
  • Yavapai County:

*If a county is blank, the remaining number of uncounted ballots has either not yet been reported or updated.

8:25 p.m.– Thursday, Nov. 5

The Associated Press projects Prop. 208, Arizona’s education funding initiative, has been approved by voters. The measure will add funding to education by imposing an income tax increase on those in higher tax brackets. Latest results here.  

7:06 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5

Maricopa County dropped data from nearly 74,000 ballots. Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump shrank to 46,527, roughly a 10,500 decrease. For Maricopa County attorney, Allister Adel’s lead is now 16,526 over Julie Gunnigle. Latest numbers here.

6:11 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5

Several Arizona counties, such as Pima and Cochise, had data drops for ballot results and Biden’s lead is 57,844 in Arizona. Latest numbers here.

4:00 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5 

President Trump will deliver a statement from the White House at 4:30 p.m. (Arizona time) Watch live video here.  

3:20 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5 

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office responded on Thursday to questions sent by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office regarding hundreds of complaints the AG received about the use of Sharpies at polling centers. Read the letter in the story below. 

Michael Catlett, the Deputy Solicitor General, said the Attorney General’s Office had received “hundreds of voter complaints regarding the use of Sharpie brand markers to fill out ballots on Election Day at voting centers in Maricopa County.”


2:20 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5

President Trump’s campaign held a press conference in Arizona with key Arizona republicans including chairwoman, Kelly Ward and Rep. Debbie Lesko. The campaign said they believe when Arizona is done counting its ballots, that Trump would win the state.

1:00 p.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5 

Fencing has been installed in downtown Phoenix after hundreds of protestors stood in front of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

 Fencing has been installed in downtown Phoenix after hundreds of protestors stood in front of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

10:34 a.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5 

A judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s campaign that asked him to ensure a coastal county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots. Click here for the story.

9:30 a.m. — Thursday, Nov. 5

Dozens of people, many carrying signs supporting President Donald Trump, gathered outside Phoenix City Hall for a “Protect the Vote” rally Thursday morning. Click here for the story and a slideshow.

6:50 a.m. – Thursday, Nov. 5

An Electoral College expert from the Brennan Center, a non-partisan law and policy institute, talked about the latest developments in the presidential election. “This is exactly what we’ve been expecting [in terms of counting the ballots], and it should not be cause for alarm,” Wilfred Codrington said.

► Electoral College expert weighs in on presidential race that’s still too close to call

5:10 a.m. – Thursday, Nov. 5

Ballot counting continues in Arizona with out 430,000 ballots to be tallied statewide. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes tweeted early Thursday morning that nearly 1.8 million ballots were cast. That’s an unofficial number at this point. He also said there were about 275,000 ballots remaining to be counted plus provisional ballots. Here are the standings as of the last ballot update. President Donald Trump closed Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona and two races changed leads.


  • President Donald trump (R) — 1,400,951 (48.14%)
  • Joe Biden (D) — 1,469,341 (50.49%)

U.S. Senate

  • Martha McSally (R) — 1,382,565 (47.89%)
  • Mark Kelly (D) — 1,504,460 (52.11%)

U.S. House – District 6 (lead changed)

  • David Schweikert (R) — 185,508 (50.88%)
  • Hiral Tipirneni (D) — 179,081 (49.12%)

Maricopa County Attorney from Maricopa County Recorder’s Office (lead changed)

  • Allister Adel — 821,845 (50%)
  • Julie Gunnigle — 817,659 (50%)

9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4

As Maricopa County workers continued to verify ballots and results, several hundred people, mostly supporters of President Trump, protested outside election HQ, claiming some ballots haven’t been properly counted. They chanted “Four more years” and “Count the votes.” Sheriff’s deputies in tactical gear stood just outside the entrance to the elections center, making sure no one went inside.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4

Maricopa County Election officials released more vote counts Wednesday evening. There are now about 500,000 votes left to be counted in Arizona; 355,334 in Maricopa County. 

Biden’s lead shrunk by 13,000 votes. At this time, Biden is leading President Trump by 79,000 votes.

Also, in the tight race for U.S. Congressional District 6, David Schweikert was trailing opponent Hiral Tipirneni by less than 2,000 votes before the new vote counts. He is now leading Tipirneni by less than 3,000 votes.

2:35 p.m.

CBS projects Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Michigan, nearing 270 electoral votes. Check latest results here. 

1:10 p.m.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced on Wednesday afternoon that his office has received hundreds of voter complaints about Sharpies at polling locations and his office is asking for an investigation. Read more about this controversy here.

12:00 p.m.

Why did the AP called Arizona for Joe Biden?  The Associated Press has declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner in Arizona, flipping a longtime GOP state that President Donald Trump won in 2016. Read more about this decision here.

11:00 a.m.

There has been quite a bit of speculation on whether voters should have used Sharpies to fill in their ballots in Maricopa County.

Social media posts being circulated in the Phoenix area are saying that if anyone used a Sharpie to fill out their ballot, their votes could be tossed. Read the full story here


6:00 a.m. 

Election workers in Maricopa County continues to count ballots. New numbers are expected at 7 p.m.

4:30 a.m. 

A changing electorate in Arizona handed historic victories to Democrats in the former Republican stronghold, with Joe Biden becoming only the second Democratic presidential candidate since 1948 to win the state and retired astronaut Mark Kelly giving the party both Senate seats for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Former GOP stronghold of Arizona hands big wins to Democrats

1:00 a.m. 

With more than an expected 97% of the state’s ballots counted, Arizona’s 11 electoral college votes in the 2020 general election are projected to go to former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Associated Press. Read more on this historic win. 

EXPLAINER: Why AP called Arizona for Biden

12:55 a.m. Wednesday

For the first time since the 1950s, Arizona will have two Democratic senators. Challenger Mark Kelly unseated Republican Sen. Martha McSally on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Read more about this win here.

10:45 p.m. Election Day

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has been admitted to a hospital for a health emergency.

According to Adel’s spokeswoman, the situation is fluid and there is limited information to share regarding Adel’s condition. Read more about this development. 

10:40 p.m.

Mark Kelly spoke in Tucson has he held a double digit lead in Arizona. Watch the remarks here.

10:05 p.m. 

Gov. Doug Ducey has reacted to the election results in Arizona: It’s far too early to call the election in Arizona. Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven’t even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls. In AZ, we protected Election Day. Let’s count the votes — all the votes — before making declarations.

9:15 p.m.

AP has projected the following races:

Republican Andy Biggs wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.

Democrat Greg Stanton wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. Check latest election numbers.

9:00 p.m.

The controversial Proposition 207 has passed, legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona, according to the Associated Press. Read more about this proposition here.

8:40 p.m.

AP has projected the following races:

Democrat Raul Grijalva wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.

Democrat Ruben Gallego wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District.

Republican Paul Gosar wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.

8:00 p.m.

Joe Biden and Mark Kelly are up in early numbers in Arizona. Check latest election numbers.

7:50 p.m.

The first results in Arizona are expected at 8 p.m. Check latest election numbers.

7:40 p.m.

AP projects Joe Biden will win Colorado. Check latest national results here.

7:30 p.m.

AP projects Joe Biden will win Washington D.C. 

7:15 p.m.

How will the finish up? Create your own electoral college map here.

7:00 p.m.

AP projects President Trump will win Nebraska, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota. Joe Biden will win New Mexico and New York.

6:55 p.m. 

AP projects President Trump will win Indiana. Check latest national results here.

6:30 p.m.

AP projects President Trump will win Arkansas. 

6:00 p.m.

AP projects President Trump will win Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma. Joe Biden will win Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Check latest national results here.

5:55 p.m.

AP projects Joe Biden will win Virginia, President Trump wins South Carolina, West Virginia. Check latest election results here. 

5:45 p.m.

Over 152,000 people have voted in person in Maricopa County so far. 1.7 million early ballot signatures have been verified, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department. 

5:00 p.m.

AP projects Donald Trump will Kentucky. Joe Biden will take Vermont. Check latest election results here. 

4:30 p.m.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is warning voters about robocalls on Election Day. 

She tweeted the warning Tuesday morning, along with a link where Arizonans can report election-related incidents to the state. Read the full story here.

4:05 p.m.

Looking for the latest election results? Following votes coming in from around the United States here.

3:50 p.m.

Dozens of people are standing in line in Surprise to vote right now. Polling locations close at 7 p.m. in Arizona. If you are in line at 7 p.m., you can still vote. Latest election news from Dennis Welch on 3TV starting at 4pm. 

3:00 p.m.

The Attorney General’s Office and the Glendale Police Department have returned more than a dozen stolen ballots back to Glendale voters.

Last Friday, a worker located a stack of unopened mail-in ballots hidden under a rock located off 99th and Glendale avenues. That worker then notified Glendale police. Read the full story here.

2:40 p.m.

More than 112,000 people have voted in person so far today in Maricopa County. 

2:15 p.m.

All Maricopa County mail-in ballots that have not been counted will now be counted on Wednesday morning, at the earliest. The recorders office is focusing on in-person voting tabulation. 

11:22 a.m.

Maricopa County is reporting more than 75,000 in-person voters today.

9:05 a.m.

🔗 More than 45,000 Maricopa County voters have cast their ballots in person so far today.

Click here for complete Election Day coverage from Arizona’s Election Authority. 

8:03 a.m.

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office says more than 30,000 people have voted in person so far today.

Election Day 2020

6 a.m. hour of “Good Morning Arizona”

The race for Arizona’s Senate seat is one of the most-watched contests in the country. Within an hour of our polling places opening, “Good Morning Arizona” spoke with both Democrat Mark Kelly and Republican incumbent Sen. Martha McSally. Both candidates said they knew this would be a close race and that it would come down to voter turnout. (The interview with McSally starts at 6:20 into the video clip.)

6 a.m.

Polls throughout Arizona are open and Election Day voting is getting underway.

🔗 FAQs: Everything you need to know for Election Day 2020

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