US election 2020 – How the night unfolded

Joe Biden and Donald Trump were in a close battle for the White House as polls closed on Tuesday evening.

Here’s how election night played out as results from states were still coming in:

(All times in GMT)

12.05am
Kentucky was called for Trump with eight electoral college votes.
Vermont was called for Biden with three electoral college votes.

Latest results in the US presidential election
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12.35am
West Virginia was called for Trump with five electoral college votes.

12.40am
Virginia was called for Biden with 13 electoral college votes, taking him up to 16.

1.00am
A flurry of states were called in quick succession.
Trump took South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma, giving him another 42 electoral college votes – a total of 55.

Meanwhile, Biden was called to win in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, which handed him another 69 votes, taking him to a total of 85.

1.30am
Six electoral college seats were called for Trump with victory in Arkansas.

1.50am
Donald Trump won Indiana.

2.00am
Trump – North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Nebraska.
Biden – New York and New Mexico.

2.30am
Another three votes are given to Biden from DC.

2.35am
Colorado gives Biden another nine votes.

3.00am
Trump retained the state of Kansas, with six more electoral college votes

3.30am
Missouri hands Trump another 10 votes.

3.55am
A victory for Biden in New Hampshire gives him another four votes.

4.00am
Another flurry of states put Biden further ahead with victory in California handing him 55 electoral college votes, Oregon giving seven, and 12 from Washington.

White House
Biden and Trump were in a close battle for the White House (Susan Walsh/AP)

4.05am
Trump gains another six votes with victory in Utah.

5.05am
Hawaii gives Biden another 4 votes.

5.15am
Biden wins the first swing state with Minnesota and gets another 10 electoral college votes, taking him to 223 in total.

5.20am
The second swing state then goes to Trump with 18 votes from Ohio, and another three from Montana.

Shortly after Trump gets another six from Iowa, giving him a total of 145.

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