LIVE UPDATES AND RESULTS: Trump vs Biden - US presidential election 2020



LIVE UPDATES AND RESULTS: Trump vs Biden - US presidential election 2020


What you need to know

It's the final showdown.

It's either another 4 years of Donald Trump, or a fresh start under Joe Biden. Who will win the US election on Tuesday, November 3 (Wednesday, November 4, Manila time)? How will Trump or Biden accept the election results? Is civil unrest possible after the US election?

Join us as we cover the opening of the polls around 6 pm on Wednesday (Manila time), and the closing at around 9 am on Thursday, November 5.

Bookmark and refresh this page not only for blow-by-blow updates, but also unique features, videos, and commentaries from Rappler's pool of analysts. Together let's watch history unfold – and make sense of all the chaos – in this election battle between Trump and Biden. 


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Thoughts from Fil-Am Republicans Ron Falconi and Rudy Asercion

I spoke with two Republican Filipino-American politicians about their feelings on the eve of the election. Ron Falconi, the Mayor of Brunswick, Ohio, and Rudy Asercion of the San Francisco Republican Party. Both are confident that the candidate they support, President Donald Trump, will defeat Democratic challenger Joe Biden, but expect a close race.

“I feel really good, a lot of it seems to be shaping up the same way it was back in 2016,” said Falconi, who was on Trump’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee for 2016 and 2020.

“The people who seem to be really excited about this election it seems to be the mainstream media. I know of no one who’s really pro-Biden, I know people who are anti-Trump. The excitement on the other side doesn’t seem to be as much as it is on this side in 2020. In 2016, there seemed to be some excitement for Hillary, I just don’t see that same excitement for Joe Biden.”

Though an Asian American Voter Survey poll in September showed 52% of Filipinos leaning towards supporting Biden, 34% of respondents said they will support Trump. Mayor Falconi cites concerns over illegal immigration, along with Trump’s “law and order” stance and the pre-pandemic economy as reasons why the incumbent is popular among some Filipinos.

Asercion expects that early voting – nearly 100 million votes have already been cast ahead of Election Day on Tuesday – will benefit Democrats, but that Republicans will close those margins when they vote on November 3.
“The polls seem to suggest that Mr. Biden is ahead and he’s winning but we’ve been there before, like in 2016,” said Asercion. “We really don’t put too much into polls. The most important things are the electoral votes that will elect the president, not the popular vote.”

Ryan Songalia is a Filipino-American journalist and New Jersey native. He was the former sports editor of Rappler.

Ryan Songalia



Lady Gaga, car horns trumpet Biden's grand campaign finale


[CONTEXT] Till their last breath, Fil-Am health care workers give all vs COVID-19

How will President Trump’s response to COVID-19 affect the vote of Filipino-Americans? Filipinos make up 4% of nurses in the US, but account for a staggering 31.5% of nurse deaths.

Here is my report from Arizona in May 2020.

Camille Elemia


‘Your future is what I am fighting for every single day!’


WATCH: Siberian bear and tiger predict Biden victory



'I will govern as an American president'


US politics 101: The American political system explained

It is easy to get confused with all the terms and concepts in the United States presidential elections. Delegates, superdelegates, electoral college, primaries: these are just some of the technicalities that will come up in discussions as the 2020 US presidential election unfolds.

The US presidential elections consist of two distinct phases whose rules and dynamics are not so straightforward. There is the primary period, when each political party’s presidential candidate is determined. Then there is the general election period, when the eventual president of the United States is elected.

Click here to read more.


[OPINION] Why do you care so much about the US elections?

A friend asked me this yesterday, as I voiced my anxiety about the results. It was a fair question. I am not even a US citizen, and I have been here only for a few years to be this invested and paranoid about it.

For me, it matters because tomorrow's winner will heavily influence the future of immigration and scholarship in America. Nobody today, not even academia, is spared from an obviously anti-immigrant policy climate here. They tried to kick out international students this summer as classes moved online due to the pandemic, if not for the stiff legal opposition mounted by universities. Soon, scholars like me might also face tougher procedures to secure our stay. Instead of the merit of our research or degree, our visa term will be based on the cumulative overstay record of our country of origin. It's like being told that I will violate immigration laws because I am a Filipino unless I prove otherwise. The US seems to have forgotten that its strength heavily relies on the free flow of exceptional talent and ideas.

I also asked this question to another Filipino friend this morning. I agree when he said that this election is a referendum on hate in politics and society. Think about the extreme polarization, the nasty name-calling, the shaming and the lies in the last 4 years. It's hard to imagine 4 more years of the same.

Angelo Paolo Kalaw is a Research Fellow at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, studying innovation, inclusion, and equity in government. He used to work as an economist at the Central Bank of the Philippines.

Angelo Paolo Kalaw



Midnight ballot-casting in New Hampshire

Watch this video of midnight ballot-casting in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, as posted by Now This.


'Huge win for democracy'


[OPINION] The night before D-Day

It’s the night before Election Day in the United States. The “October Surprise” that threw the 2016 Election into great uncertainty and might have swung that election to Donald Trump hasn’t come. Instead, we have a rather straightforward incumbent vs. challenger race where Trump is running on his record.

The race is far different in November than it had been in March, when the coronavirus pandemic scrapped all of the previous electoral issues, and now the country is in the midst of Great Depression-like unemployment, rising inequality which has been exacerbated by the pandemic, and racial turmoil following the police killing of George Floyd this summer, as well as other similar situations.

According to FiveThirtyEight, after doing 40,000 simulations of the election, 89% of their scenarios have Biden becoming the 46th President. Ten simulations have it being Trump who gets past the 270 electoral vote threshold, with one having an improbable 269-269 tie. With the high amount of mail-in ballots this year, few are expecting that we’ll know who the winner will be by the end of the night, but that wouldn’t be the first time this has happened: it also occurred in 1960, 1968, 1976, 2000, 2004 and 2016.

Ryan Songalia is a Filipino-American journalist and New Jersey native. He was the former sports editor of Rappler.


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