Election 2020

Local, state and national election coverage from WKAR.

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Michigan Live Election Results 2020

Nov 3, 2020
National Public Radio

Trump-Biden Showdown, Senate Race Top Michigan’s Ballot

Nov 3, 2020
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Joe Biden is seeking to reclaim once-reliably blue Michigan for Democrats, while President Donald Trump is trying to again seize the key battleground.

Election 2020: Live National Updates And Results

Nov 3, 2020
National Public Radio

As the race for president narrows to several states, follow NPR live coverage.

Courtesy / Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Tuesday’s elections will be historic in many ways: A record number of absentee ballots cast in a swing state in the midst of a health crisis. Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta about dealing with an election cycle where passions run hot and tempers are short.

Peters, James Make Final Cases In Michigan’s Senate Race

Nov 2, 2020
Polls show an increasingly tighter race for Michigan's junior Senate seat between Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James. Some experts say the Senate race may be closer than the presidential race in Michigan.
Photos courtesy of the campaigns

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James are making their final cases to the electorate in the closing days of a $100 million-plus duel that will help shape whether the winner of the presidential race can enact his legislative agenda.

Michigan Clerks Prepare For Tuesday’s Election

Nov 2, 2020
voting sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

More than 2.6 million Michigan voters have turned in their absentee ballots and the state is still waiting on almost 700,000 absentee ballots that had been sent out and yet to be returned with only days before Tuesday’s election.

Almost every election cycle, someone on one side or the other is claiming that this is the most important election in their lifetime.

Well, this one actually probably is — and it appears voters think so, too.

The election is already setting records for turnout, and perhaps no two candidates are more at odds over the future of the country and the direction they want to take it in. This election is fundamentally about what it means to be an American.

It was after midnight when Donald Trump took the stage in Grand Rapids, Mich., for his last rally of the 2016 presidential campaign. A late-night event scheduled for the last day of campaigning had creeped into the wee hours of Election Day.

"Michigan stands at the crossroads of history," Trump told supporters inside a downtown convention center. "If we win Michigan, we will win this historic election."

Update at 7:16 p.m. ET

While President Trump made a four-stop blitz in Pennsylvania, Democratic nominee Joe Biden reunited with his old running mate, former President Barack Obama, to turn out votes in pivotal Michigan.

And as Vice President Pence took the stage at two rallies in North Carolina, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, California Sen. Kamala Harris, hustled between events in South Florida.

For months now, election officials have cautioned that the winner of the presidential election may still be unknown when election night is over.

Rules in some states don't allow election workers to begin the labor-intensive work of processing mail-in ballots until Election Day. And with a record number of voters casting their ballots by mail, the influx could delay final tallies for days.