Two hundred and seventy. That’s the magic number on the night of the US election. 270 voters and women represent a majority in the “electoral college” in the electoral committee. Donald Trump or Joe Biden need this majority to remain or become president of the United States.
The first results of the US presidential election are here – and a sense of surprise comes in: Donald Trump is still strong, very strong. And a deja vu joins the amazement. Bitter memories of 2016 are awakened.
German politicians are preparing for the US to hang a game after the presidential election. “I’m afraid the discussion will take a very, very long time if it turns out to be a good outcome,” Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on ZDF on Wednesday in view of potential legal disputes.
The following image shows how things are going in the race for the electorate:
This text is continuously updated with current results. You can find all the events of the US election on our live voting blog. An overview of the race in the decisive swing conditions can be found here.
Live results from the 2020 US election
9:45 am – According to calculations by the AP news agency, Biden wins at least three out of four voters in the state of Maine.
9:40 am – The pending contest for the US elections and the visit to the Supreme Court announced by President Donald Trump will be a stress test for financial markets, according to experts. “The uncertainty that will drag on in the coming weeks is poison to the US stock market,” said political scientist Cathryn Clüver-Ashbrook of Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge. She sees difficult times approaching the US, but also transatlantic relations. US expert from the German Foreign Policy Association (DGAP), Josef Braml, assumes Trump will legally pull out all the stops: “I think he will go through all the instances. During his tenure, he provided judges to all three. the levels. “
9.33 a.m. – Regardless of the election results in the US, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab still considers a free trade agreement with the United States possible. Progress has already been made in the negotiations, he tells “Sky News”. The relationship between the two countries will not suffer from the election results, which are still unclear.
9.23 am – The US Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) puts its members on a patience game. “In the coming days, it will be essential to wait patiently for the results of the election,” AmCham president Frank Sportolari told Reuters. “The elections only end when every vote is counted – that is the most important characteristic of American democracy.” AmCham Germany represents approximately 2,300 companies doing business across the Atlantic. “The transatlantic economic community values a stable political environment amid a spirit of trust and cooperation,” said Sportolari.
9:14 a.m. – Facebook announces that it will provide immediate messages from the two candidates on the outcome of the US election, with information that vote counting is still ongoing in some states. The company is referring to President Donald Trump, who “prematurely claimed victory for himself,” Facebook said in a statement. The information will be available on the Facebook and Instagram networks.
9:08 a.m. – Pennsylvania Governor Democrat Tom Wolf explains on Twitter that there are more than a million votes to be counted by mail in the US state.
9:01 a.m. – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has secured the controversial state of Arizona in the US election, which has long been considered a safe stronghold for Republicans. The AP news agency reported Wednesday morning (local time) based on voter surveys and vote numbers.
7:39 a.m. – US President Donald Trump will speak about the White House elections at 8:00 a.m. This is reported by Bloomberg News, citing NBC.
7:25 a.m. – In the state of Nebraska, four voters will go to Trump and one vote to Biden, according to Fox News.
7:21 am – SPD group chairman Rolf Mützenich speaks out for a stronger “decoupling” of Europe from the US. There is an unpredictability associated with the name Donald Trump. “We must have a confident foreign and security policy,” he says of ARD, referring to the EU. It’s not all about military spending. Even with a US president, Joe Biden, there will be major conflicts of interest. He feared “chaos” in the US if the incumbent president claimed victory for himself.
7:12 am – Biden wins the state of Rhode Island (four voters) according to a projection by Edison Research. On Twitter, Biden explains that it is neither up to Donald Trump nor him to announce the winner of the election. That is only up to the voters.
7:07 am – According to Edison Research counts, President Donald Trump has so far united 171 voters and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 205. A candidate needs at least 270 voters to win the election.
7:01 a.m. – The Twitter short-messaging service tweeted US President Donald Trump warning he would be misled. In the post, Trump accuses Democrats of trying to “steal” the election. “Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is controversial and potentially misleading regarding participation in an election or other civic process,” wrote Twitter.
6.46 am – Trump writes on Twitter that the Republicans are leading the way. ‘But they are trying to steal the election. We will never let that happen. ‘ Trump announces a statement tonight (US East Coast Time; tomorrow CET).
6:42 AM – Biden tells fans that it could take until morning (US East Coast Time; midday CET) for the result to be certain. He is confident in the outcome.
6.40 am – Federal Secretary of the Economy Peter Altmaier fears a long hanging party until it is clear who the new US president will be. Globally, however, you need to know who will lead economic and military power in the future, he says of ZDF. “I’m afraid that if it is a good result, there will be a very, very long discussion.” Regardless of who wins, it is bad that the US election campaign was mainly conducted on domestic issues.
6:36 AM – The AP news agency also sees Trump as the winner in Florida (29 voters).
6:26 a.m. – The AP news agency predicts a victory for Biden in Minnesota (ten voters) and Trump in Montana (3 WL).
6:16 a.m. – Germany is not prepared for another election victory for President Donald Trump, says CDU foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. “You have to say it honestly – no,” he says on ZDF when asked. “If NATO were to be questioned for eight years instead of four, it would be quite another.” Germany would then have to invest much more in its security.
6:17 a.m. – The controversial state of Iowa (six voters) goes to Trump, according to Fox News.
6:14 AM – Biden’s campaign team releases a statement from the Democratic candidate at 12:30 PM (US East Coast time; 6:30 AM CET).
6:06 a.m. – The 13 Virginia voters head to Biden, according to Edison Research.
6 a.m. – MSNBC and Edison Research also see Trump as the winner of the Ohio narrow race (18 voters).
5:53 am – Fox News is also the first broadcaster to predict a Trump victory in Texas (38 voters). For the other major broadcasters, the race is still open in the disputed state in this election.
5:45 AM – Fox News predicts Trump will win the race for Ohio (18 voters).
5:30 am – Fox News is initially the only one predicting Trump’s Florida victory. The other major broadcasters and Edison Research judge the race as still too close.
5:25 p.m. – In Arizona, Democrats would have had the upper hand in the race for the Senate, Fox News continues: Democrat Mark Kelly takes the seat from Republican Martha McSally.
5:21 p.m. – The highly competitive state of Arizona (eleven electors) goes to Biden, Fox News reports.
5:16 a.m. – Georgia has a second election on Jan. 5 in the Senate battle: Kelly Loeffler, the former Republican sitting in one of the state’s seats, and her Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock have both qualified, NBC reports.
5:10 am – Biden rules the West Coast as expected: Fox News predicts victories in California (55 voters, the most for any state), Oregon (7 W) and Washington State (12 W).
5:06 a.m. – According to a forecast from Fox News, the important state of Florida (29 voters) is going to Trump.
4:42 a.m. – Biden wins 20 voters in Illinois, Edison Research predicts. (Reuters / dpa)