Which political side is currently winning?

2020 US election: live results and current status : US Attorney General Barr warns against "fanciful" lawsuits

The Democrats and their supporters celebrate the victory. The centers of the big cities of the USA are like party miles, in which of course most people wear masks.

But how much is a victory worth that the losing side does not recognize? And what does that mean for the transition phase in the change of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden? When can and may he even appear like the elected president?

2020 is a new experience for the US and the rest of the world. The usual procedures after a presidential election in the USA do not occur this time: the loser does not call the winner and does not congratulate him on the victory. Nor does he hold a “Concession Speech” in which he publicly admits his defeat. It would be the signal to his followers to accept the result.

Donald Trump does not invite Joe Biden to the White House to discuss how they will shape the transfer of power, how they will cooperate in the transition period for the good of the country. And what, from the incumbent's point of view, are the most pressing tasks for his successor.

The following graphic shows how things stand in the race for the electorate:

This text is continuously updated with the latest results. For all of the US election events, please visit our Voting Live Blog.

[Explanation of our numbers for the US election: When making voting decisions in the individual states, the US media use different calculation models before they publish a call, i.e. assign the state's electorate to a candidate. Depending on the source to which the current graphics and maps refer, the figures also differ in the German media. At Tagesspiegel we use information from the German press agency dpa for our live data, which in turn is based on figures from the US broadcaster CNN.]

2020 US election live results

5.01 a.m. - European parliamentarians from various political groups hope that Joe Biden's election victory in the United States will end the soaring European populists and national conservatives. "Joe Biden's victory is a good signal for all forces in the EU who stand for fundamental values ​​and the rule of law," says Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament, the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" (RND / Tuesday). With his support for right-wing populist governments, Trump tried to split the EU. "Joe Biden, on the other hand, has already criticized the anti-democratic developments in Poland and Hungary," the SPD politician continues. Orbán and Co. would no longer be able to rely on support from Washington in the future. Liberals and Greens expressed themselves similarly in the European Parliament.

02:16 am - US Attorney General William Barr, in a letter viewed by Reuters, calls on federal prosecutors to continue investigations into "material allegations in voting and irregularities in voting". At the same time, he warns not to pursue any "fanciful or far-fetched" complaints.

8:32 pm - Influential Republican Senator Susan Collins congratulates Democrat Joe Biden on his "obvious victory." She urges a transition process to ensure that Biden and his deputy, Kamala Harris, can take over the government on January 20th as planned. At the same time, however, she also admits that Trump should have the opportunity to challenge the results of last Tuesday's presidential election. Trump has so far refused to acknowledge his defeat. He has spoken of electoral fraud several times without providing any evidence to support his allegation.

2:52 p.m. - After the US presidential election, the Greens believe that Europe should refrain from completing the Nordstream II Baltic gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. It is a primarily German project that "(has) destroyed a lot of trust in a European ability to act," says Habeck in Berlin. "That would certainly be a point of European interest to come back to a common unity in energy and trade issues." Europe must also develop a common fiscal and tax policy in order to face the USA as a stronger negotiating partner.

1:09 p.m. - The EU Commission does not want to comment on future cooperation with the USA until after the election of President-elect Joe Biden. "I think we should take it step by step," said Commission spokesman Eric Mamer in front of journalists. There is a process in the United States that will take a while. "It is still very, very early and so for the moment the EU is waiting for the newly elected President to take office before commenting on what this will mean for our relationship."

11:27 a.m. - Unlike many other countries, China is holding back with congratulations for Joe Biden. You can see that Biden has declared himself the election winner, says a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry. "We understand that the outcome of the US presidential election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures." In 2016, China's President Xi Jinping congratulated the then election winner Donald Trump on November 9, one day after the election.

10:48 a.m. - Russia continues to hold back on commenting on the US election. One will only comment when there is an official final result, says President Dmitry Peskov. President Vladimir Putin has stated several times that he is ready to work with any head of state in the United States. Russia hopes for a dialogue and normalization of relations. Since the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea by Russia in 2014, the relationship between the leaderships in Moscow and Washington has been heavily strained.

8:45 am - Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier expects a "longer and difficult process" after the US election until the new government under the Democrat Joe Biden is in office. This is linked to the hope that the USA will become more involved internationally and that it will be possible to overcome conflicts.

7.45 a.m. - Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas sees new opportunities for international cooperation, also with a view to the nuclear deal with Iran. "We have to get back together," he says on Deutschlandfunk. In the USA there will certainly be a discussion about whether to rejoin the agreement or whether there will possibly be an extended agreement. "We are also open to that." Neither the nuclear deal nor its regional role will be achieved with Iran if the US and Europe pursued completely different strategies. US President Donald Trump unilaterally terminated the agreement in 2018 and wanted to force Iran into a more far-reaching agreement that also includes ballistic missile programs.

06.55 am - Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier expects a return to a "more multilateral approach" in trade policy after Joe Biden's election victory. "We need a large, broad industrial agreement between the USA and the European Union, this offer is on the table," said the CDU politician on Deutschlandfunk. There is interest in trade policy "getting back on track". One of the most important perspectives is Biden's announcement that he will return to the Paris climate agreement. However, he is a little worried that the hanging game will continue for a few more months. "We will probably only know in the spring in which direction the journey is going."

04:37 a.m. - Donald Trump continues to call for votes to be recounted in several US states. Trump explains that he wants to substantiate his previously unfounded allegations of electoral fraud with death notices of the deceased whose votes were still counted. In addition, Trump wants to call on his supporters with events in the style of his major election campaign events to support the intended legal disputes, announced Trump's campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.

02:34 am - Joe Biden wants to continue the "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine program initiated under Donald Trump. "As we said in September, the medical advisors received briefings from companies that are working on vaccines," said Biden's spokesman Andrew Bates. Biden is committed to helping develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. Therefore, he was already in front of thechoice met with the leading drug manufacturers.

2:02 am - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he wants to work with President-elect Joe Biden to strengthen the alliance between Japan and the United States and ensure peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

1:36 am - Chinese state media are optimistic about Democrat Joe Biden's victory. "It is in the common interest of the people from both countries and the international community that the relationship between China and the United States improves and becomes reliable," wrote the newspaper "Global Times" on Biden's election victory. Reviving trade talks is crucial to rebuilding understanding and trust in the relationship between China and the US, reports China Daily, the country's English-language newspaper.

01:01 a.m. - In the US state of Arizona, according to the data provider Edison Research, after counting 98 percent of the votes, Biden with 49.5 percent is just ahead of Trump with 49.0 percent.

12:00 p.m. - Here is the current intermediate result from the still contested states: In Georgia, Biden is now leading with more than 7,000 votes. In Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona, he is ahead with more than 20,000 votes. Many experts believe that Donald Trump can no longer win the race.

10:30 am - Joe Biden prepares the Americans for his presidency and calls for unity. It is time to come together as a nation and heal, said Biden on Friday evening (local time) in Wilmington, Delaware. "It won't be easy, but we have to try." Anger and demonization would have to be overcome. The democrat was confident of victory.

8:56 a.m. - Biden is expanding its lead in Georgia, according to data provider Edison Research. This now amounts to 7248 votes. The count is not yet complete.

4:54 a.m. - Biden announces that he will implement a plan to control the coronavirus epidemic from his first day in office. "We can save many lives in the coming months," he says. According to him, the economic recovery in the US is slowing. Biden does not mention Trump by name in his speech.

04.49 a.m. - Biden is confident of victory during a speech. He will win elections in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona and is on the way to getting more than 300 voters. Together with his vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, he has received more than 47 million votes so far - more than any other election team in the country's history.

03:38 a.m. - Biden extends his lead in the particularly important state of Pennsylvania (20 voters): The data provider Edison Research now gives him a lead of 27,130 votes. Accordingly, he comes to 49.6 percent and Trump to 49.2 percent. 96 percent of the votes are counted.

3:03 a.m. - In Arizona, Trump is getting a little closer to Biden. According to the data provider Edison Research, this is still ahead with 29,861 votes. After counting 97 percent of the votes, Biden leads with 49.6 percent ahead of Trump with 48.7 percent.

02:35 - According to data provider Edison Research, the second Senate seat in Georgia will also have to be decided by a runoff on January 5th. The Republican incumbent David Perdue will compete against the Democrat Jon Ossoff. There is already a playoff in the state in which Democrat Raphael Warnock wants to push Republican Kelly Loeffler out of office. The votes could determine whether the Democrats take power in the Congress Chamber and thus in the whole of Parliament. They defended their majority in the House of Representatives.

12:08 a.m. - In North Carolina, according to the data provider Edison Research, Trump is ahead of Biden with 50.0 percent of the votes, which so far has 48.6 percent. Accordingly, 98 percent of the ballot papers are counted.

00:01 am - The head of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, calls on Europe to shake hands with a possible new US President Joe Biden. "The man needs help, he needs an offer from us Europeans," said Ischinger on Friday evening on "Bild Live". "He will not be able to take up this office from a position of strength." Ischinger expects a difficult term in office for Biden, a hostile Republican Senate and a divided country. The former German ambassador in Washington praised Biden's foreign policy competence: "Joe Biden was a senator for decades who also dealt with foreign policy in particular. He is a foreign policy networker par excellence: He knows everyone. He also knows the most important German politicians the 80s, 90s, 00s and also the current time. "

9:03 p.m. - US President Donald Trump is not defeated despite dwindling chances of victory. He will continue to take legal action "to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government," he said in a statement issued by the White House. "I will never give up fighting for you and our nation."

6:31 pm - According to the news channel "CNN", presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently wants to address the population with a speech on Saturday night (CET). At first it was not clear what exactly the speech should be about. This speech is planned for so-called “prime time”, when the TV ratings are particularly high - this is usually in the evening (local time).

4:40 p.m. - What if presidential candidate Joe Biden wins but Donald Trump denies defeat? According to the New York Times, a spokesman for the Biden campaign team responded to this question by saying, "The United States government has a good chance of removing trespassers from the White House."

3:25 p.m. - The data service provider Edison Research declares Biden the winner in the state of Wisconson with ten voters. This applies even though a recount is possible in Wisconson. Biden's lead is so great that a recount would not change anything.

2:53 p.m. - Joe Biden is now in the lead in Pennsylvania, according to data provider Edison Research.

2:17 p.m. - In Georgia, Biden is expanding its lead, according to data provider Edison Research. Accordingly, the Democrat now has 1,097 more votes than incumbent Trump.

2 p.m. - Twitter has locked out former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon after fantasizing about the beheading of FBI chief Christopher Wray and corona expert Anthony Fauci. Bannon said in his podcast published on Thursday that US President Donald Trump would fire Wray and Fauci at the beginning of a second term. Trump is a merciful man.

12.31 p.m. - The federal government trusts in a constitutional conclusion of the US presidential election, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert says in Berlin. Wait for the count.

10.50 a.m. - From the perspective of German SMEs, the federal government should send signals to the USA that they want to work together more quickly again. This is what the Federal Managing Director of the BVMW Association of SMEs, Markus Jerger, told Reuters on Friday. "It is high time not only to overcome rifts in foreign, security and defense policy, but also to pull together again on elementary economic issues." Hopefully this knowledge will prevail again in Washington after the election. Because trade wars would only have losers.

10:10 am - According to the Vice President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Luis de Guindos, the Democrat Joe Biden will most likely win the US presidential election. It is very likely that Biden will win the US election, says de Guindos of the Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 TV.

9:13 a.m. - A US federal judge rejects Trump's campaign team's motion to stop the count in Pennsylvania. Judge Paul Diamond said in a brief statement that the lawsuit will not be allowed. Trump wanted to force the count to continue only when Republican observers attend. However, following a court order, Republicans already have access to the Philadelphia polling station. Trump's team is of the opinion that the work of the observers will be hindered.

6:30 a.m. - The US Postal Service says it received around 1,700 ballot papers in Pennsylvania Thursday. Philadelphia received the most votes, followed by Pittsburgh. The ballot papers would now be distributed to the polling officers. The deadline for incoming ballot papers, which are still considered in the contested state, expires on Friday evening.

03:34 a.m. - According to the data provider Edison Research, Biden and Trump are now actually tied in Georgia (16 voters): After counting 99 percent of the votes, both come to 49.4 percent. Trump last led here.

3.10 a.m. - In view of the head-to-head race in the US presidential election between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called on both sides to exercise restraint. "America is more than a one-man-show. Whoever pours fuel on the fire in such a situation is acting irresponsibly", the SPD politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Decent losers are more important for the functioning of a democracy than brilliant winners." Democrats should never damage confidence in fair and free elections. "Now it's time to keep a cool head until an independently determined result is available." In order for the result to be accepted, "everyone is initially asked to be cautious".

1:48 a.m. - In a Reuters / Ipsos poll, 16 percent of US citizens said they believed Trump's statement that he won the election. The proportion is 30 percent among Republicans and seven percent among Democrats. The large majority therefore rejects the controversial declaration. Trump had already claimed the election victory for himself prematurely on election night in a speech that was also sharply criticized internationally.

1:39 a.m. - In the state of Pennsylvania, which is important for the election, Trump's lead continues to shrink in the running count, according to Edison Research. Trump has slipped to 49.8 percent and thus below 50 percent, the data provider announced. Biden is now at 48.9 percent. So far, 94 percent of the votes have been counted.

12:47 am - Trump speaks of a "clear victory" if only the "permissible votes" were taken into account. He does not provide evidence of the presence of inadmissible votes. He accuses the polling institutes of intervening in the race. He further describes the election process as unfair and criticizes the postal vote again. "They want to steal the election," he says, with no receipt. So far, experts and observers see no evidence of electoral fraud in the USA.

12:38 a.m.: According to a Democratic MP, an independent federal regulator is investigating whether Trump has broken the law through the facilities of his campaign office in the White House. The Office of Special Counsel communicated this on request, explains Bill Pascrell. Under US law - the Hatch Act - government officials are prohibited from certain political activities in office.

11:48 p.m. - The race in Pennsylvania is tight, the count will take time: The Secretary of the Interior of the possibly decisive state of Pennsylvania, Kathy Boockvar, speaks of hundreds of thousands of votes still outstanding. The vast majority of them will be counted by Friday (US east coast local time; early morning CET). However, given the close race, it will take some time before a winner is proclaimed

10:22 p.m. - Biden is confident of victory in a short speech. He has "no doubt" that he and his runner-up, Kamala Harris, will be the winners after the count is complete. Biden calls for patience and to keep calm. "Democracy is messy sometimes."

10:12 p.m. - Trump's campaign team files another lawsuit. It's about the opportunity to watch the Philadelphia vote count. The city is located in the particularly competitive state of Pennsylvania.

10:05 p.m. - In the particularly important state of Pennsylvania, Trump's lead continues to shrink, according to data provider Edison Research. After counting 92 percent of the votes, it is 50.1 percent, Biden 48.6 percent.

9:11 pm - What is happening in the USA "does not quite correspond to the democratic culture that we know from the USA," explains Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Twitter. It is important that the result is accepted by everyone. "It's easy to be a winner, but sometimes it's really hard to be a loser."

7:35 p.m. - A judge in Michigan dismisses a lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump's attorneys to stop the counting of votes in the state. After counting 99 percent of the votes, the state is already attributed to Trump's opponent Biden.

6:53 p.m. - Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier hopes for an early decision in the USA. The federal government will congratulate the winner as soon as there is clarity. A long period of uncertainty would not be a good thing because, for example, in the trade dispute, many questions urgently need to be clarified.

6:07 p.m. - In Nevada, Biden can easily extend his lead over Trump. According to Edison Research, after counting 87 percent of the vote, Biden comes to 49.5 percent and Trump to 48.5 percent.

5:57 p.m. - Trump and Biden are also moving closer together in Pennsylvania. After counting 92 percent of the votes, Trump comes to 50.3 percent and Biden to 48.4 percent, according to Edison Research.

5:56 p.m. - In Georgia, Biden continues to catch up: After counting 98 percent of the votes, the Democrat now comes to 49.2 percent, according to Edison Research. According to this, Trump accounts for 49.5 percent.

5:24 p.m. - Trump announces that he will appeal to all states recently won by Biden. It's about electoral fraud and violations of the electoral law, writes Trump on Twitter, without being specific.

5:18 p.m. - Biden's campaign manager is also confident of victory: The election victory is imminent, says Jen O'Malley Dillon. Biden has already won 254 voters. 270 is required to win. She expects Biden to win in Nevada. And Pennsylvania is also looking good.

4:39 p.m. - Trump's campaign advisor Jason Miller is confident of victory. By Friday evening at the latest, it will be clear that Trump will stay in office for another four years, says Miller. He assumes that there will be further legal steps Trump in Pennsylvania and also in Nevada.

3:58 p.m. - The Trump campaign team calls a press conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 4:15 p.m. CET at short notice. Pennsylvania is one of the states that is still counting. Here, too, Trump and Biden are in a head-to-head race.

3:07 p.m. - In the highly competitive state of Pennsylvania, Trump's lead is narrowing. After counting 89 percent of the votes, Trump now comes to 50.5 percent, according to data provider Edison Research. His opponent Biden is therefore 48.2 percent.

3 p.m. - According to information from broadcaster Fox News, the Trump team will announce a lawsuit for election fraud in Nevada during its appearance in Las Vegas (5.30 p.m. CET). Nevada is one of the states that is still counting. Here, too, Trump is in a neck-and-neck race with his opponent Joe Biden. The state has six electors to assign.

2:39 p.m. - Trump's campaign team announces a statement in Las Vegas at 5:30 p.m. CET. Former US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, will also attend the event, Trump's team said in a statement.

12:13 p.m. - The Georgia count is nearing its end with a slight margin for Trump. According to Edison Research, after counting 96 percent of the vote, the president still comes to 49.6 percent. Biden is therefore marginally up and comes to 49.2 percent after 49.1 percent previously.

11.15 a.m. - The OSCE election observers did not register any irregularities in the presidential election, according to their head. "We have investigated. We have not been able to find any violations of the rules," says the FDP politician Michael Georg Link on the rbb information radio. This applies both to election day itself and to postal votes beforehand. "There was no systemic impairment or manipulation." However, it will take some time before the final result is known. "That is why our experts are still in the country and will continue to scrutinize it."

10:06 a.m. - Russia expresses concern about the ongoing stalemate in the US. The lack of clarity after the presidential election could have negative effects on the world economy and global development as a whole, said the presidential office in Moscow. It does not want to express itself further.

9:08 am - The head-to-head race continues in Georgia. According to Edison Research, after counting 95 percent of the vote, President Donald Trump comes to 49.6 percent and Joe Biden to 49.1 percent.

8:52 a.m. - In Arizona the race is getting closer again. According to Edison Research, after counting 86 percent of the vote, Trump now comes to 48.1 percent and Biden to 50.5 percent. Previously it was 47.9 to 50.7 percent.

8:41 am - In Arizona, several supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in front of a polling station that night, some of them armed with rifles and pistols. The reason for this are unconfirmed rumors that votes for Trump are deliberately not counted. The crowd outside the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix chanted "Stop The Theft" and "Count My Vote". The outcome of the vote in Arizona could help determine whether Trump or his challenger Joe Biden wins the election. According to the current state of affairs, Biden is wafer-thin ahead of Trump in Arizona. Some media outlets have already awarded Biden the state, but Trump's campaign staff insists the decision has not yet been made.

5:57 a.m. - Donald Trump is now also trying to have a court intervene in the counting of votes in the presidential election in the state of Georgia. The president and the Republican Party filed a lawsuit in Chatham County on Wednesday (local time). In it, they demanded that the court should ensure a strict separation of postal ballot papers in the district that arrived after the vote had ended on Tuesday evening.

3:58 a.m. - According to Edison Research, Trump leads North Carolina with 50.1 percent, ahead of Biden with 48.7 percent. 95 percent of the votes are counted.

3:33 a.m. - In Pennsylvania, 88 percent of the votes are counted, Edison Research said. Trump is 50.9 percent ahead of Biden, who comes to 47.8 percent.

3:07 a.m. - Current status of the outstanding counts from Edison Research: In Arizona, Biden leads with 50.7 percent of the vote, ahead of Trump with 47.9 percent. In Nevada, too, the Democrat is ahead with 49.3 percent to 48.7 percent. Trump's lead in Georgia is therefore shrinking: He is only 49.8 percent to 49.0 percent ahead of Biden. In the state, 95 percent of the votes have now been counted.

02:25 a.m. - An Australian bookmaker claims to have paid out around 14 million euros to customers who have bet on Joe Biden as the winner, despite the ongoing head-to-head race in the US presidential election. "We have the greatest confidence that Biden will end up in the Oval Office," says a spokesman for the sports betting company Sportsbet. More than 100,000 bets on a victory for the challenger were paid out by incumbent Donald Trump.

1:54 p.m. - Trump's campaign team in Georgia wants to put aside all ballot papers that were received after 7:00 p.m. local time on election day. This emerges from an announcement of a corresponding lawsuit. The aim is to meet the deadline set in the state's electoral law. It is unclear how many votes would be affected. The lawyer Marc Elias of the Democrats called the lawsuit unfounded and spoke of an act of desperation.

01.07 a.m. - According to a media report, President Donald Trump's campaign team wants to interrupt the ongoing vote count in Georgia. The Bloomberg agency cites the AP news agency. Trump is in the lead in the state at this point.

12:45 a.m. US President Donald Trump takes further legal steps in the struggle for the counting of the votes in the embattled state of Pennsylvania. Trump's campaign team filed a lawsuit calling for the vote to be suspended until their election observers had better access to it. In another lawsuit, the Trump side is also taking action against voting slips sent by letter that will reach the electoral commission by Friday afternoon.

Pennsylvania Governor Democrat Tom Wolf condemned the lawsuit as baseless. "Efforts to undermine the democratic process are just shameful," said Wolf. State Secretary Kathy Boockvar, who was responsible for conducting the election, said that the state would continue the counting in a transparent and lawful manner for the time being.

Trump has been ahead in Pennsylvania so far, but his lead is shrinking as more postal ballot papers are tallied. With 20 electoral votes, Pennsylvania could be a crucial state for the presidential election.

10:50 p.m. - The broadcaster Fox sees Joe Biden already with 264 votes in the electoral college. 270 votes are required to win. According to Edison Research, which works with Fox competitors ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, Biden got 243 votes. There is agreement among the 214 electorates that President Donald Trump has at the present time, according to calculations by both Fox and Edison Research. The count is still ongoing.

10.30 p.m.: The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden expects a victory in the US election. "Now, after a long night of counting, it is clear that we are winning enough states to get the 270 votes required to win the presidency," said Biden on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware. He emphasized that he did not want to officially claim the victory for himself. But his team thinks he won the vote.

9.45 p.m. - The international election observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) demand that all votes cast in the presidential election be counted. "Nobody should restrict the right of citizens to vote," says the head of the OSCE mission, FDP member of the Bundestag Michael Link. In their preliminary assessment of the election, the election observers accuse US President Donald Trump of having weakened confidence in the democratic electoral process with public statements. The OSCE Mission intends to continue its work until the end of the electoral process. In many states, the organization monitors and assesses whether elections are being held to democratic standards.

9:43 p.m. - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will soon be addressing the American people. This is reported by CNN.

8:16 p.m. - CNN predicts Joe Biden will win in the highly competitive state of Wisconsin. In Georgia and Pennsylvania, however, according to Edison Resarch, President Donald Trump is ahead: After counting 93 percent of the votes, Trump in Georgia comes to 50.3 and Biden to 48.5 percent. In Pennsylvania, where 80 percent are counted, Trump is 53.4 and Biden 45.3 percent.

8:01 p.m. - Incumbent Donald Trump's campaign team wants to judge the counting of votes in Michigan. The aim of the lawsuit is to ensure that the count is suspended until there is "significant access," the team said. "We are also demanding that those ballots be checked that were opened and counted when we had no significant access."

7:07 p.m. - Despite an extensive counting of the votes for the presidential election, the announcement of the results in Wisconsin was delayed on Wednesday. There are only two small towns with a total of 600 residents whose votes have not yet been recorded, said the Wisconsin electoral commission. A commissioner told CNN that the votes would be double-checked at the county level and across the state to ensure there was no mistake.

6.45 p.m. - Donald Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, announced on Twitter that it was considering calling for a recount for the state of Wisconsin

6:29 p.m. - Georgia authorities have around a quarter of a million votes to count before they can announce a result of the state's presidential election. State Secretary Brad Raffensperger announced on Wednesday that after a record voter turnout, 200,000 ballot papers and 40,000 to 50,000 early votes were still to be recorded. The verification of the ballot papers takes a lot of time.

5:20 p.m. - In Michigan, Biden's leadership solidifies. According to Edison Research, after counting 92 percent of the vote, the Democrat now comes to 49.5 percent, Trump is 48.9 percent.

5:11 pm - Foreign Minister Heiko Maas calls for patience in dealing with the USA after the election, but also calls for a "proper" deal. He is betting that the US is a strong democracy. "The institutions of the country and the rule of law with its 'checks and balances' have proven several times in the past that they can work even in difficult situations and clarify critical questions in terms of democratic principles," he says, referring to possible legal principles Arguments.

4:50 p.m. - Biden is expected to address the American people with a speech. His election campaign manager announces that for today.

4.15 p.m. - Biden's campaign manager says the Democrat is well on its way to winning the election. Biden will still receive more than 270 voters today. But she reckons that the count in Pennsylvania will not be completed until Thursday evening. Trump's campaign manager was also optimistic. If only the legal votes were counted, Trump would win.

3:46 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council announced that of 351,069 postal votes, around 141,000 have been counted so far.The count will be completed as soon as possible, says City Commissioner Lisa Deeley, without giving a time horizon. The postal votes also included those that were received after the polling stations had closed. Philadelphia is in Pennsylvenia, the state that could ultimately make the difference. Experience has shown that postal voters tend towards the Democrats.

3:07 p.m. - In Michigan, Trump and Biden are now almost on par, with a wafer-thin lead for the Democrats. According to Edison Research, after counting 89 percent of the vote, Trump comes to 49.1 percent and Biden to 49.2 percent.

2:09 p.m. - The trend is turning at the British online betting company Smarkets. The chances of a Trump election victory are now estimated at only 21 percent, the probability of Biden winning is 78 percent, the highest value in months.

1:42 p.m. - In Wisconsin, Joe Biden pushed himself in front of Donald Trump. According to Edison Research, after counting 97 percent of the vote, the Democrat comes to 49.5 percent and Trump to 48.8 percent.

1:45 p.m. - In Michigan, Donald Trump's lead is melting. According to Edison Research, after counting 86 percent of the vote, Trump now comes to 49.4 percent, with Biden accounting for 48.9 percent.

1.40 p.m. - Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier assumes that the uncertainty about the outcome of the US presidential election will last for hours or days. "I believe that you only know who the winner is when all the votes have been counted," says Altmaier before consultations with the heads of the BDI and IG Metall. That could take a few hours or days. All those involved should accept the result and not unilaterally anticipate it.

11.40 a.m. - In Michigan, Donald Trump can hope for a victory. According to Edison Research, the incumbent president comes to a share of 52 percent after counting 79 percent of the votes. His opponent Joe Biden therefore accounts for 47 percent.

11:38 a.m. - According to Edison Research, the two opponents are also head to head in Nevada: After counting 85 percent of the votes, Trump and Biden each come to 49 percent.

11.20 a.m. - The President of the German industry association BDI, Dieter Kempf, warns of a longer period of uncertainty. All votes would have to be counted and the rightful winner chosen. "We very much hope that the situation in the United States does not escalate and that everyone keeps a cool head." After the election there must be a fresh start in transatlantic relations. "Our partnership has got into difficult waters in the past four years. The US must finally stop raising or threatening tariffs under the guise of national security."

10.55 a.m. - Trump and Biden are head-to-head in Wisconsin, according to Edison Research. After counting 89 percent of the votes, Trump has 49 percent and Biden 49.3 percent.

10.46 a.m. - Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock calls for a special meeting of the EU Council to react to the US presidential election. A common European reaction is important, she says on the ntv broadcaster. Above all, one must now ensure that all votes are actually counted in the election.

10:32 a.m. - Biden wins Hawaii with four voters, according to Edison Research.

10.30 a.m. - Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasizes that in the USA all votes must first be counted. "This is important." There must be a clear result within democratic procedures. Only after the counting of all votes was the election over - a swipe at US President Donald Trump, who has already declared himself the winner despite the close race. Scholz added that the USA would remain an important partner for Germany and Europe regardless of the outcome of the election.

10:26 a.m. - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa is already congratulating Trump on his election victory. "It's pretty clear that the American people voted Trump and Pence for another four years," he tweeted as the first EU head of government. Trump's wife Melania is a native of Slovenia.

10:03 am - France's Economics and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called on the EU to become more independent from the US and China in view of the US presidential election. "Regardless of the outcome of the US elections, the EU must strengthen its economic, political and technological sovereignty," he tweeted.

9:52 a.m. - Biden announces that should Trump go to court to contest the election result, the Democrats would take legal action against it.

9.45 a.m. - According to calculations by the AP news agency, Biden wins at least three of the four voters in the state of Maine.

9.45 a.m. - According to calculations by the AP news agency, Biden wins at least three of the four voters in the state of Maine.

9.40 a.m. - The hanging match for the US election and the visit to the Supreme Court announced by President Donald Trump will be a stress test for the financial markets, according to experts. "The uncertainty that will drag on through the coming weeks is poison for the American stock market," says political scientist Cathryn Clüver-Ashbrook of the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge. She sees difficult times approaching the USA, but also transatlantic relations. The USA expert of the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP), Josef Braml, assumes that Trump will pull out all the stops legally: "I think he will go through all instances. During his term in office he provided judges to all three levels . "

9:33 a.m. - Regardless of the election result in the USA, Great Britain's Foreign Minister Dominic Raab still considers a free trade agreement with the United States to be possible. Progress has already been made in the negotiations, he tells "Sky News". The relationship between the two countries will not suffer from the outcome of the election, which is still unclear.

9.23 a.m. - The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) puts its members on a patience game. "In the next few days it is essential to be patient for the results of thechoice to wait, "AmCham President Frank Sportolari told Reuters." The election does not end until every vote has been counted - that is the key feature of American democracy. "AmCham Germany represents around 2,300 companies that do business across the Atlantic "The transatlantic economic community values ​​a stable political environment amid a spirit of trust and cooperation," says Sportolari.

09.14 a.m. - Facebook announces that it will, with immediate effect, provide posts by the two candidates on the outcome of the US election with the information that the counting of votes is still ongoing in some states. The company is referring to President Donald Trump, who "prematurely claimed victory for himself," said Facebook in a statement. The information will be available on the Facebook and Instagram networks.

9:08 am - The governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf, explains on Twitter that more than one million postal votes have yet to be counted in the US state.

9:01 a.m. - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden secured the embattled state of Arizona in the US election, which has long been considered a safe bastion for the Republicans. The AP news agency reported on Wednesday morning (local time) on the basis of voter surveys and vote counts.

7:39 a.m. - US President Donald Trump will speak about the election at 8 a.m. CET in the White House. This is reported by Bloomberg News, citing NBC.

7:25 a.m. - In the state of Nebraska, four voters go to Trump and one vote to Biden, according to Fox News.

07:21 am - SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich speaks out in favor of a stronger "decoupling" of Europe from the USA. There is an unpredictability associated with the name Donald Trump. "We have to make a confident foreign and security policy," he says on ARD, referring to the EU. It is not just about military spending. Even with a US President, Joe Biden, there will be major conflicts of interest. He feared "chaos" in the USA should the incumbent president claim victory for himself.

7:12 am - According to a projection by Edison Research, Biden wins the state of Rhode Island (four electors). On Twitter, Biden explains that it is neither up to Donald Trump nor his to announce the winner of the election. That is only up to the voters.

7:07 am - According to counts by Edison Research, President Donald Trump has so far united 171 electorates and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 205. A candidate needs at least 270 electorates to win the election.

7:01 a.m. - The short message service Twitter provides a tweet from US President Donald Trump with the warning of being misled. In the post, Trump accuses the Democrats of wanting to "steal" the election. "Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is controversial and potentially misleading with regard to participating in an election or other civic process," wrote Twitter.

6.46 a.m. - Trump writes on Twitter that the Republicans are in the lead. "But they're trying to steal the choice. We'll never let that happen." Trump announces a statement for the night (US East Coast Time; tomorrow CET).

06.42 a.m. - Biden says in front of followers that it could take until the morning (US East Coast Time; afternoon CET) for the result to be certain. He is confident about the outcome.

6.40 a.m. - Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier fears a long hanging party until it is clear who will be the new US President. Globally, however, you have to know who will lead economic and military power in the future, he says on ZDF. "I'm afraid that if it turns out to be a close result, there will be a very, very long discussion." Regardless of who wins, it is bad that the US election campaign was mainly conducted on domestic issues.

06:36 - The AP news agency also sees Trump as the winner in Florida (29 voters).

6:26 am - The AP news agency predicts a win for Biden in Minnesota (ten electors) and Trump in Montana (3 WL).

06.16 a.m. - Germany is not prepared for another election victory for President Donald Trump, says CDU foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. "You have to be honest - no," he says on ZDF when asked about it. "If NATO were to be questioned for eight years instead of four, it would be something completely different." Germany would then have to invest a lot more in its security.

6:17 a.m. - The embattled state of Iowa (six voters) goes to Trump, according to Fox News.

6:14 a.m. - Biden's campaign team announces a statement by the Democratic candidate for 12:30 a.m. (US East Coast local time; 6:30 a.m. CET).

6:06 am - The 13 electorate from Virginia will go to Biden, according to Edison Research.

6:00 a.m. - MSNBC and Edison Research also see Trump as the winner of the narrow race in Ohio (18 electors).

5:53 a.m. - Fox News is also the first broadcaster to predict a Trump victory in Texas (38 voters). For the other major broadcasters, the race in the contested state in this election is still open.

5:45 am - Fox News predicts Trump will win the close race for Ohio (18 electorates).

5:30 a.m. - Fox News is initially alone in predicting Trump's victory in Florida. The other major broadcasters and Edison Research continue to rate the race as still too close.

5:25 a.m. - In Arizona, the Democrats are said to have prevailed in the race for the Senate, reports Fox News further: The Democrat Mark Kelly is taking over the seat of the Republican Martha McSally.

5:21 am - The highly competitive state of Arizona (eleven electors) goes to Biden, Fox News reports.

5:16 a.m. - Georgia has a runoff election on January 5 in the Senate battle: Kelly Loeffler, the former Republican incumbent in one of the state's seats, and her Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock have both qualified, NBC reports.

5:10 am - Biden prevails on the west coast as expected: Fox News predicts victory in California (55 voters, most of them for one state), Oregon (7 WL) and Washington state (12 WL).

5:06 am - The important state of Florida (29 electorates) goes to Trump, according to a Fox News prediction.

4:42 am - Biden wins 20 Illinois voters, Edison Research predicts. (Reuters / dpa)

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