2020 Election

WOSU has your guide to the 2020 election in Ohio and around the country. Find stories here on the presidential contest, U.S. House races and more from WOSU and NPR.

Voters waiting more than two hours to cast a ballot during the final weekend of early voting in Ohio on Sunday, November 1 at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The 2020 election is mostly over, but ballots are still being counted in Ohio. This year's record number of absentee ballots means the Franklin County Board of Elections is still tallying up votes, which could potentially decide some races.

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris is bringing a number of firsts to the country’s second-highest political office. But her membership in the historically African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha is a first that brought about 200 folks to a "Celebration of Democracy” on Cleveland’s Public Square Sunday.

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More than 70% of Franklin County voters approved a levy for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH).

Beginning The Biden-Harris Transition

Nov 9, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris plan to use the transition period to get started on priorities like getting the pandemic under control.

But President Trump isn’t making it easy for the new administration. He continues to challenge the legitimacy of the election – on Twitter and in the courts.

Updated at 2:42 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden will take office in January with a lot of promises to keep. He has pledged to enact new policies swiftly that veer the U.S. off President Trump's current path.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 9, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden speaks, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
Andrew Harnik / AP

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic win Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, as President Trump ramped up his legal defense and refused to concede.

Ohio cemented its status as a Republican stronghold, again delivering an eight-point margin for the president, and flipping more counties red in the process.

Signs and flags at the pro-Trump rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

President-elect Joe Biden won his race to the White House without carrying the state of Ohio. That means for the first time in 60 years, the state didn't help pick the president. It also leaves Ohio with millions of voters wishing the election had gone the other way.

The tumultuous and chaotic Trump presidency is coming to an end — even if President Trump himself hasn't accepted it yet.

Democrat Joe Biden is now the president-elect, according to calls from The Associated Press, which NPR relies on for race calls, as well as all the other broadcast networks.

Biden is currently at 290 electoral votes, 20 more than needed thanks to Pennsylvania, which was called Saturday. Biden is on track to win 306 electoral votes if his slim lead holds in Georgia.

Some top Republicans on Sunday defended President Trump's continued protestations that the election is not over and his false claims that Democrats are trying to "steal" the election, while others said he should exit gracefully.

In a statement Sunday, former President George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their win.

Right-wing activists pushing baseless claims that the presidential election was "stolen" mobilized in several cities over the weekend, drawing people to the streets through networks forged during summertime protests against lockdowns.

Updated at 1:23 p.m. ET

While President Trump has still not conceded the presidential race to his opponent, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are moving forward with their transition plans.

The Biden team updated its website to showcase four policy areas the incoming administration will prioritize: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.

A group of Trump supporters gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The first ones downtown were the wizards. Decked out in long cloaks and pointy hats, they were roaming around the Statehouse on Saturday morning playing a geocaching game when political organizers from across the spectrum descended on Capitol Square.

Updated on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden called for healing and cooperation in his victory speech on Saturday night, striking an optimistic tone about the prospects for a renewed and reunited America.

President-elect Joe Biden said in a statement that "it's time for America to unite," after he was declared the winner of the presidency by The Associated Press.

Biden will address the nation Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and will be joined by the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, and their spouses.

Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.