2020 Election Live Coverage

Horizon News Staff

 

ELECTION DAY 2020 HAS ARRIVED.

The Horizon will be continually updating this post throughout the night as new information becomes available.

Monday, November 9, 5:30 a.m. PST

On Saturday around 8:00 a.m. PST, news organizations around the world began declaring Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the president-elect. This announcement came after Pennsylvania, an important swing state, was won by Biden, bringing his electoral votes up to 273. Kamala Harris has also made history as the first woman and woman-of-color to be vice president-elect.

Today, according to the Associated Press, Biden is now at 290 electoral votes having gained Nevada and Arizona. Donald Trump is at 214; Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska have yet to be declared.

President Trump has not given a concession speech yet and has made claims of fraud, threatening legal action.

Currently the House is 215 to 196, favoring the Democrats. According to NPR, 218 seats makes the majority in the House and a few races have not been called yet. The GOP has seen a net gain of 5 seats.

The Senate is at 48 to 46, favoring the Republicans, and there are 2 independent seats. NPR reports that 51 seats is required for the majority and that there are a few senate races that have not been called yet. Democrats have seen a net gain of one seat in the Senate.

Wednesday, November 4, 12:00 p.m. PST

 

National Races: AP is waiting to call several states until more votes have been tabulated. Among the states still up for grabs are Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Alaska, and Nevada.

 

A look at where some local races stand (updated):

U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 24th District:

Salud Carbajal (D) has won the race for California’s 24th Congressional District. Carbajal’s victory came on 64.78 percent of the vote while Andy Caldwell (R) gained 35.22 percent.

State Senator for the 19th District:

Monique Limón (D) won with 66.70 percent of the vote, compared to Gary Michaels (R), who garnered 33.30 percent of the vote.

State Assembly for the 35th District:

Jordan Cunningham (R) has beat Dawn Addis (D) 54.63 to 45.37 percent. This state assembly district covers the north part of Santa Barbara County, including Santa Maria and Lompoc.

State Assembly for the 37th District:

Steve Bennett (D) has beat Charles W. Cole (R) 72.35 to 27.65 percent. This state assembly district covers most of south Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education:

In this unique race, voters could choose their top three prefered candidates for the three seats on the board. Laura Capps leads with 27.07 percent of the vote, followed by Wendy Sims-Moten with 20.94 percent, and Virginia Alvarez in third with 18.57 percent. Just outside of the top three is Jackie Reid, who has garnered 13.81 percent of the vote.

Measure L2020 Cold Spring School District Bond:

For Measure L2020, 52.18 percent of voters voted “yes” on the bond measure, while 47.82 percent voted “no.” All four precincts have reported, meaning L2020 passed on a 37-vote margin.

 

11:00 p.m. PST: The results of the 2020 Westmont Exit Poll are in!

Of the 322 respondents…
  • 97.8 percent were registered voters.
  • 96.6 percent voted this year.
  • 62.6 percent are first-time voters.

Among the respondents, third-years made up nearly 28 percent, followed closely by the other three classes.

29 percent of respondents identified as Democrats, 30 percent identified as Republicans, and just over 40 percent did not affiliate with either party. 

 

57.4 percent of respondents voted for Joe Biden, while 34.7 percent voted for Donald Trump. 7.9 percent voted for another candidate.

(Note: This exit poll is limited. It cannot tell a wholistic story of Westmont students’ voting patterns and includes an inevitable self-selection bias.)

 

Presidential Race

3:00 p.m. PST: The current electoral map shows Joe Biden leading 264-214.

3:00 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Michigan.

11:16 a.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Wisconsin.

10:31 a.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

12:05 a.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Maine.

11:51 a.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Arizona.

10:05 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Texas.

9:35 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Florida.

9:21 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Iowa.

9:20 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Montana.

9:19 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Ohio.

9:13 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Minnesota.

9:06 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Hawaii.

9:00 p.m. PST: The New York Times reports that Salud Carbajal (D) has been declared the winner of California’s 24th Congressional District. Carbajal currently has 63.2 percent of the vote while Andy Caldwell (R) has 36.8 percent; 72 percent of the votes are reported.

8:07 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Utah.

8:00 p.m. PST: The polls in California have now closed.

7:54 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won New Hampshire.

7:31 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Missouri.

7:00 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Kansas.

6:36 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Colorado.

6:27 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won the District of Columbia.

6:00 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Nebraska, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Joe Biden has won New Mexico and New York.

5:30 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Arkansas.

5:00 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. Joe Biden has won Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware, and Connecticut.

4:56 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won South Carolina.

4:36 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Virginia.

4:30 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won West Virginia.

4:00 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Joe Biden has won Vermont.

4:00 p.m. PST: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has won Kentucky.

 

Previewing the Night:

 

National Races

It has become increasingly likely that the winner of the presidential election will not be declared on Election Night or early the next morning, as is typical. An increase in mail-in voting this year means that ballots will take longer to count than usual, considering that multiple states can not begin counting ballots until Election Day. Last week, the Supreme Court announced that North Carolina and Pennsylvania, both crucial swing states, can accept absentee ballots after Election Day. Both candidates are unlikely to concede without conclusive results in key states, though it is possible that either of the candidates will declare victory prior to official results. Among the swing states to watch tonight are Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, and Georgia.

Santa Barbara County tends to favor the Democratic Party. In 2016, 59.9 percent of voters voted for Hillary Clinton in the general election, compared to 31.5 percent for Donald Trump. 

In addition to the presidency, thirty-five Senate seats are up for grabs. Nine seats are either projected to flip or are a toss-up, according to 270 To Win. Races to watch are in Montana, North Carolina, Georgia, and Iowa. 

California does not have a Senate race this year. However, if Sen. Kamala Harris becomes vice-president elect, Governor Gavin Newsom would appoint someone to finish her term, which ends in 2022.

 

Local Races

Santa Barbara voters will again decide who to send to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 24th District. This year, incumbent Salud Carbajal (D) is taking on Andy Caldwell (R). You can find out more about the candidates here. In 2018, 61.9 percent of Santa Barbara County voters chose Carbajal, while 38.1 percent chose his challenger, Justin Fareed. 

Local voters will also decide on a number of other races. For state senate, current state assembly member Monique Limón (D) will face off against Gary Michaels (R). Steve Bennett (D) is running against Charles Cole (R) for state assembly. Also on the ballot are three seats on the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board, as well as numerous propositions.