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CT Live Updates: Election news and results

Follow Connecticut election news and results, as well as the latest national election information.
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HARTFORD, Conn. — This page features key election information that will be continually updated. You will also find real-time 2020 Connecticut election results as they come in once the polls close on November 3. Download the free FOX61 app (Google Play | Apple devices) to receive alerts as the numbers come in.

The most recent updates will be placed at the top.  

Saturday, November 7: 

AP projects Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next President and Vice President.  

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

12:30 p.m.

In a close fought race, challenger Margaret Strieker officially conceded in Third District race. She issued a statement and congratulated Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

9:30 a.m.

Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on the ongoing election recount:

“Election workers here in Connecticut and around the country have worked tirelessly, even putting themselves at risk to make sure our elections for everything from President to local offices are safe and secure in these unprecedented circumstances. In America we believe the vote is sacred, and it’s why every vote should and will be counted according to the law. Efforts to undermine our elections process will not be tolerated.’’

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

12:45 p.m.

Officials from the Margaret Streicker campaign released a statement: "State officials have informed us that there are several towns in which absentee ballots have not yet been counted. However, we expect these results by the end of the day. Some of the towns include Ansonia, Derby, East Haven, Milford, Stratford, and Middletown. We understand counting these ballots is no easy task for election officials and we are grateful for their diligence.

Margaret Streicker added:

“As seen in demonstrations throughout the country it is important that every vote is counted. I recognize what the outcome will be of the CT-03 race. However, it is appropriate to give the people of Connecticut the dignity of allowing their voices to be heard and their votes to be counted. It is my duty to allow democracy to take its course and when the process is complete I will congratulate Rep. DeLauro appropriately.”

12:30 p.m.

State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) has been named the next Senate Republican Leader by the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus.

Senator Kelly was chosen by his fellow caucus members to serve as the next caucus leader following the retirement of Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) who has served as leader since 2014.

Senator Kelly has named State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) to serve as his deputy, taking the title of Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore.

5:19 a.m.

Trump supporters in Detroit say "stop the votes" while those in Arizona say "continue the vote". Supporters in Arizona voiced anger over Fox News declaring Joe Biden the winner of the state.

5:00 a.m.

Trump sues in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia; asks for Wisconsin recount

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8 p.m. 

Trump campaign files lawsuit in Georgia

7 p.m. 

AP reports no more votes are expected tonight from Nevada. More votes are expected around noon Eastern time Thursday. 

6 p.m. 

AP has reported Joe Biden has won Michigan.

5:45 p.m. 

The host of the Steady Habits Podcast with the CT Mirro, John Dankosky, discusses the 2020 Election results. 

5:27 p.m. 

Voters strip ‘Plantations’ from Rhode Island’s formal name

4:11 p.m. 

Joe Biden addressed his supporters in Wilmington, DE saying he believes he has enough votes to win the election. He said he has not declared victory and vowed to unite Americans. 

3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s campaign says it’s suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of “transparency."

Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.”

Clark also said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.

There have been no reports by law enforcement of fraud or any type of ballot concerns out of Pennsylvania. The state had 3.1 million ballots mailed out that take time to count, and an order allows them to be counted up until Friday if they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

The Associated Press has not yet called Pennsylvania. Democrat Joe Biden currently has 248 electoral votes, while Trump has 214. It takes 270 to win the presidency.

3:00 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Rose DeLauro wins 16th term in U.S. House, defeats newcomer Margaret Streicker.

DeLauro has represented the 3rd District since 1991 and is the longest-serving member of Connecticut’s congressional delegation.

2:15 p.m.

The Associated Press has called Wisconsin for Joe Biden - Trump's campaign has already signaled they want a recount.

The AP called Wisconsin for Biden after election officials in the state said all outstanding ballots had been counted, save for a few hundred in one township and an expected small number of provisional ballots.

Trump’s campaign has requested a recount. Statewide recounts in Wisconsin have historically changed the vote tally by only a few hundred votes; Biden leads by 0.624 percentage point out of nearly 3.3 million ballots counted.

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Electoral College map as of Nov. 4 at 2:20 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

According to the AP, U.S. Reps. Jahana Hayes has won a second term in the Fifth District, fending off a challenge from David X. Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor.

1:45 p.m.

Connecticut Secretary of the Denise Merrill said Wednesday she will again be proposing an amendment to the Connecticut Constitution that allows Connecticut voters to choose to vote by absentee ballot without an excuse.

44 states currently allow their voters to conveniently vote prior to election day either through in-person Early Voting or No-Excuse Absentee Balloting or both.

Only Connecticut, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri require their voters to vote in-person on Election Day unless they have a statutorily defined excuse.

1:00 p.m.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes addresses the media following the concession of opponent, David X. Sullivan.

12:30 p.m.

Biden expands lead in Wisconsin to more than 20,000 votes out of nearly 3.2 million cast. With nearly all votes counted, Biden had a lead of sixth-tenths of a percentage point over Trump, a margin narrow enough to allow Trump to request a recount if it stands.

President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien says the president plans to “immediately” request a recount in the battleground state of Wisconsin, where the race remains close. 

“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be. There have been r p.,.s of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results," Stepien says in a statement Wednesday: “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

12:00 p.m.

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy hold a media availability to discuss the 2020 election.

11:00 a.m.

Gov. Lamont speaks to local media outside the Governor's Residence in Hartford and expressed voting took place in Connecticut Tuesday safely and in great numbers.

However, Lamont thought the national results at this point were a disappointment. 

The last thing the nation needed was the confusion with a deadlocked 50/50 race, Lamont said. When asked his thoughts on Trump's claim that people were attempting to 'steal' the election, Lamont said:

"We've had a strong democracy... we don't need the president casting doubt on that."

He also said people should "give it a couple days" and President Trump should not undermine the election or cast shade following results.

As several states voted to legalize marijuana and relax drug laws, Lamont said he will be talking to neighboring governors regarding steps to introduce possible legalization that expands regionally.

"I've got my plate full right now," Lamont said as he explained it was premature to announce a campaign for re-election at this time.

10:00 a.m.

David X. Sullivan has issued a statement congratulating Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and says he is disappointed in the election results. Read his full statement here.

Note: The US House CT Dist. 5 race has not officially been called at this time.

8:30 a.m.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined FOX61 Morning News to talk voter turnout and fixing local ballot issue.

8:22 a.m.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker released the following statement on the 2020 Presidential Election:

I’m sure you’re like me this morning, anxiously awaiting the results of the election. Unfortunately, the results last night weren’t resoundingly clear. Things feel very uncertain at this moment. Our country is founded as a democracy, and given the challenges of the pandemic, we must be patient to ensure all votes are counted. Regardless of the winner, we will continue to ensure New Haven is a welcoming City to all. And now, we must stand together in unity as we anxiously await the results of who will lead the country for the next four years. Our City is a microcosm of America. We are a melting pot of people of different cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, races, and faiths. We believe that no matter who you are, what you look like, and where you come from, you are deserving of a democracy that sees you as a human being above all else.  

While we await the election results, I hope we keep these things in the forefront of our minds. As a City, we will continue to work diligently to address injustices that plague our communities, including racism, housing insecurity, crime, food insecurity and lack of opportunities for equal education. We must remain vigilant in working to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 across the City and specifically in our hardest hit neighborhoods. We must continue to do everything possible to allow students to have access to quality education and perform well in their classes. I will continue to work alongside our Board of Alders to ensure that we continue to pass policies that are meaningful and yield tangible results in this City. As your Mayor, I want to assure you that my Administration and I will continue to be accessible to you whenever you need us. The City of New Haven will continue to move forward because that is what we do. Despite these challenges, we don’t back down, we don’t succumb to fear or uncertainty, and we do not stop working on behalf of residents in this City.  

6:25 a.m.

Election officials in Nevada announced they would suspend updates of election results until Thursday. Joe Biden is currently holding a narrow lead over President Trump.

5:30 a.m.

Democrat Joe Biden's campaign says it will fight any efforts by President Donald Trump's campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated.

3:15 a.m. 

AP has reported Joe Biden has won the popular vote in Maine.

3 a.m. 

AP declares Joe Biden the winner of Arizona. Democrat Mark Kelly beats incumbent Senator Martha McSally.

2:40 a.m

Biden asks for patience while Trump claims victory, but results too close to call

1:30 a.m.

Representative Jim Hime has won his seventh term in the House, according to AP. 

1:10 a.m. 

AP reports Donald Trump wins Texas

1 a.m. 

AP reports that John Larson has won the 12th House term

12:35 p.m

AP reports Donald Trump wins Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and Montana. Joe Biden has been declared the winner in Minnesota.

12:15 a.m 

Joe Biden declared the winner in Hawaii, according to AP.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3:

11:40 p.m. 

Incumbent Representative Jahana Hayes released a statement regarding her congressional race in CT's fifth district: 

“My campaign continues to monitor the vote count in precincts across the district and our internal numbers look very encouraging.  At this time, however, I am going to wait for all votes to be tallied before making any additional comments on the election.  Like many people across the country tonight, I hope that candidates and officials show respect for the integrity of our political process, which means counting every single vote.  I believe there is no better way to achieve that goal than leading by example. I want to thank everyone who worked, volunteered, contributed, and voted for this campaign.  You are the only reason I’m able to go to Washington to fight for the issues we all believe in. I am confident that we ran a great campaign and once all the ballots are counted, I hope to be heading back to Washington to continue the work we started.” 

11 p.m. 

Joe Biden has been declared the winner in Oregon, California, and Washington. Donald Trump has been declared the winner in Utah and Idaho.

10 p.m. 

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9:40 p.m.

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9:30 pm 

Democrats John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney, and Jim Himes lead their respective races. Republican challenger David Sullivan is beating incumbent Jahana Hayes in District 5.

9 p.m. 

Ap reports Joe Biden has won New York, New Mexico. Donald Trump has been declared the winner in North and South Dakota, Louisiana.

8:55 p.m. 

Sarah McBride becomes the USA's first transgender state senator 

8:20 p.m. 

8 p.m.

AP confirming Joe Biden wins CT, MA, NJ 

7:00 p.m.

The Associated Press has called Vermont for Joe Biden.

6:00 p.m.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill provides updates on how things have gone across Connecticut on Election Day.

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The first polls close at 6 p.m. Eastern time in swaths of Indiana and Kentucky, followed by a steady stream of closings every 30 minutes to an hour throughout the evening. The last polls in Alaska were shutting down at 1 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.

5:30 p.m.

A long line of voters wait outside Blackham Middle School in Bridgeport.

FOX61's Dave Puglisi reports from the scene that at last check over 1,700 people had voted at this site. According to residents, the line is moving quick.

4:30 p.m.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin talks voter turnout and notes there is much at stake for the Capital City

4:00 p.m.

The Office of Registrar of Voters in Bethel reports that history has been made today.

As of 4 p.m., officials say Bethel residents have cast more than 10,000 ballots in an election for the first time ever. With 4 more hours of voting to go, 77% of Bethel’s registered Voters have cast a ballot.

3:00 p.m.

A Federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to immediately begin sweeping processing facilities in battleground states for any mail-in ballots which had been processed. The mandate stated those ballots must be immediately rush delivered as ballot deadlines neared. 

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered sweeps in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Wyoming, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Arizona, New England, South Carolina and Florida, Axios reported

The contentious issue of mail-in ballots has been a hot button topic throughout the campaign as President Trump has emphasized, without evidence, that they can lead to fraud.

Judge Sullivan wrote in the order that inspectors were to report to court by 4:30 p.m. to confirm "in the most efficient manner available, that sweeps were conducted and that no ballots were left behind.”

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NYPD held an election security briefing at downtown Manhattan headquarters.

Officials say there are currently no major incidents to report at this time and they don't expect any for the rest of the day.

Voting lines in New York City are moving smoothly today and NYPD officers are posted at every polling station across the city.

"Don't even try it. We know who you are," officials said as they warned individuals potentially planning violence or issues against voters.

NYPD says they are here for residents who look to protest in the next couple of days, but they also need their help. According to officials, thousands of officers will be at the ready for the remainder of Election Day

1:20 p.m.

Supporters cheered and applauded President Donald Trump at his campaign headquarters, where he visited Tuesday to thank dozens of staffers working to get him reelected. Trump predicted his victory, but acknowledged he could lose.

“I think we’re going to have a great night, but it’s politics and it’s elections and you never know,” Trump said.

He said his campaign was doing well in states like Florida, Arizona and Texas. He noted the importance of winning Pennsylvania.

“Winning is easy. Losing is never easy,” he said. “Not for me it's not.”

12:20 p.m. - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s “absolutely certain” that Democrats will “solidly hold” onto their House majority. 

11:00 a.m. - First lady Melania Trump has cast her vote, stopping in at a voting center in Palm Beach, Florida, close to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. 

10:54 a.m. - Governor Lamont casts his ballot in Greenwich.

10:25 a.m. - FOX61's Angelo Bavaro caught up with Third District congressional candidates Rosa DeLauro and Margaret Streicker. Watch that here.

9:45 a.m. - Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office says there have not been any significant issues reported at the polls this morning. 

8:15 a.m. - Secretary of the State Denise Merrill spoke with FOX61's Tim Lammers and Ashley Afonso on election day in Connecticut.

7:07 a.m. - Third District candidate Republican Margaret Streicker casts vote in Milford and speaks with FOX61's Angelo Bavaro.

7:00 a.m. - Long lines are being reported at polling stations across the state within one hour of polls being open. 

6:00 a.m. - Polls officially open in Connecticut until 8 p.m. If you're voting in person, you can preview your ballot here.  

Connecticut Voter Guide: What you need to know about voting.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

5:30 p.m. - With a record number of new voters on Connecticut's rolls since the last presidential election, Connecticut officials are urging people not to be scared off by long lines at the polls on Tuesday. Click here for the full story.

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