US election latest: Minute by minute and state by state, how drama unfolded for candidates

US election latest: Minute by minute and state by state, how drama unfolded for candidates

Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden are still neck and neck

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With Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden still neck and neck, here’s how it unfolded hour-by-hour.

Midnight (UK TIME)

Trump was projected to win Indiana, which was won narrowly by Barack Obama in 2008. At 00.49am, Vermont was called for Biden.


Trump was projected to win in Kentucky. By 1.04am, Biden was predicted to win in his home state of Delaware, as well as Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey, while Trump was set to clinch Oklahoma. At 1.15am, Trump was projected to win Tennessee, where he stormed to victory by 26 percentage points four years ago. By 1.36am, West Virginia was reported to be staying Republican and Trump was to win

Mississippi. Just before 2am, Trump was projected to hold Arkansas.


At 2.02am, Biden was projected to win New York and Connecticut. South Dakota was called for Trump at 2.10am, followed by Wyoming and North Dakota. By 2.39am, the Democrats had held Colorado. 2.43am, Alabama was Republican, followed by South Carolina.


By 3.24am New Mexico was going to Biden. Shortly afterwards Trump was projected to retain Louisiana and Utah. 3.38am, New Hampshire was called for Biden then at 3.49am, Trump holds onto Missouri where he defeated Hillary Clinton by nearly 19 percentage points. At 3.50am, Illinois was called for Biden. Shortly before 4am, Kansas was projected for Trump.


4.03am, Washington and Oregon are called for Biden. He was then predicted to win California with its whopping 55 electoral college votes. 4.10am sees Trump projected to clinch Utah.


At 5.09, Biden was forecast to have won Hawaii. Trump was projected Ohio and Idaho at 5.11am, with Virginia to go to Biden. 5.20am, there are signs that Biden may seize Arizona. 5.26am, Iowa is projected for Trump and at 5.40am, the Trump camp is to hold Florida, with its 29 electoral college votes.

5.45am, Biden tells supporters: “Keep the faith guys, we are going to win this.” A few minutes later, Trump tweets: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election.” 5.51am, Trump is projected to win Iowa.


Biden was projected to win Rhode Island at 6.15am. 6.21am, Texas is projected for Trump,followed by Montana. 6.47am, in Nebraska, Trump is projected to win the majority of the electoral votes but in a potential shock, Biden is also set to clinch one. Nebraska splits its electoral college votes and Biden’s win could be a decisive factor. 6.48am, Biden gains Minnesota.


7.20am, Trump claimed he had won the election and suggested it was being stolen by the Democrats. He vowed to fight the election in the Supreme Court. 7.56am, Associated Press projects Biden winning Arizona. All eyes were on Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Projections put Trump ahead but many postal votes still to be counted are expected to favour Biden. Nevada was expected to go to the Democrats, Alaska to the Republicans, with Georgia and North Carolina too close to call.


8.08am, Biden is projected to win Maine. By 8.43am, Biden was projected to have 220 electoral college votes, and Trump 213, in the race to be the first to gain at least 270, the winning line.

The projections and timings are not election results but based on calculations including on votes counted so far by the BBC and US broadcasters and news agencies.

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