The votes have been cast in the 2020 election, and the results are now coming in. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all the latest results for the presidential race, local congressional races, and more. We'll update this story as more information comes out throughout the evening.

Update 1:30 a.m. Joe Biden addressed his supporters early Wednesday morning, and offered a message of optimism while urging patience. "We feel good about where we are, we really do," he said. "I'm here to tell you tonight we believe we're on track to win this election."

"We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote that it was going to take awhile, that we're going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished—and it ain't over until every ballot is counted."

As of 1 a.m., Biden has 224 electoral votes to Donald Trump's 213. Officials have indicated that it will take days to complete the voting counts in four key battleground states, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Michigan, which account for 62 electoral votes.

Right as Biden was speaking tonight, Trump tweeted without evidence, "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles [sic] are closed!" He deleted that tweet and put it back up with "polls" spelled correctly; Twitter then censored it, saying it "might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

Update 1 a.m. In New Jersey’s congressional races, the Associated Press declared Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski winners in their respective races for the 3rd and 7th congressional districts.

They’ve yet to call a winner in the contentious race for the 2nd Congressional District seat between incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew and Democrat Amy Kennedy. With Van Drew ahead of Kennedy, the former Democrat is declaring victory in the race. Kennedy has not conceded, with her campaign manager Josh Roesch telling that he still saw a path to victory because a majority of the uncounted votes were in Atlantic and Cumberland counties, which favor Kennedy.

Update 12:15 p.m. Across New York, final results in some state senate races were still being determined as of midnight, because absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Democrats have been eyeing two more seats for a Democratic supermajority in the state senate.

Here’s what we know about five key races from the state board of elections as of midnight:

In the 50th district covering Syracuse, Republican candidate Angi Renna was nearly six points ahead of her Democratic opponent, John Mannion: 51.5% to 45.5%.

In parts of Rochester in the 55th district, Democrat Samra Brouk led with 49.8% over Republican candidate Chris Missick, who had 45.7% of the vote. Nearly all election districts had been counted.

In a tweet before the results were called, Brouk thanked her supporters, volunteers, and voters, regardless of results.

“Together we have made history in 2020—to stand up for our Western New York values and make our voices heard,” Brouk said.

Republican State Senator Sue Serino led by about 16 points in her re-election campaign against Democrat Karen Smythe in the 41st district in Dutchess and Putnam counties, with nearly all election districts reporting.

As of midnight, it wasn’t clear whether two Democratic incumbents, State Senator Pete Harckham and State Senator Kevin Thomas, had prevailed or lost against their Republican challengers.

Harckham was losing with 45.5% of the vote against Republican Rob Astorino in the 40th district, covering Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. Astorino had 51.3% of the vote, but with just 68 of 277 election districts reporting.

Republican Dennis Dunne led with 49.4% of the vote against Thomas, with 171 out of 267 election districts reporting in the 6th district, covering parts of Nassau County.

Should Thomas and Harckham win, and the Democrats pick up another two seats, the state senate Democrats would have a supermajority just two years after officially taking the majority.

A supermajority in the state senate would give the lawmakers power to override vetoes on bills from Governor Andrew Cuomo—critical for those on the left-leaning sectors within Democratic Party to pass more substantial legislation to mitigate the economic crisis NYers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo has been reluctant to join some lawmakers in measures advocates have demanded, like cancelling rent and implementing a billionaire’s tax. Any further substantial federal aid has been fruitless in the weeks leading up to the election after previous relief for some Americans lapsed.

Update 11:30 p.m. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—the lawmaker who won in an upset primary election against former Congressmember Joe Crowley in 2018—was re-elected with about 65.9% of the vote against John Cummings in the 14th district. Cummings had about 28.9% of the vote. Ocasio-Cortez represents parts of the Bronx and Queens.

Over in New Jersey, voters opted to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 and over through an amendment vote. Legislation still has to be passed to build out the legal marijuana market, per the Associated Press. The measure passed with about 67% of the vote, with about 58% of the results recorded, according to the NPR results tracker, which you can check out below.

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressmember Max Rose said that he won’t be conceding against his Republican opponent Nicole Malliotakis, despite being about 16 points behind the Trump-backed former assemblymember.

According to Rose’s campaign, about 40,000 absentee ballots, and another 10,000 that could be in the mail, need to be counted before the race is called. As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, with 82 percent of the vote tallied, Rose is just over 35,000 votes behind Malliotakis.

In a speech streamed on Facebook Tuesday night, Rose did not concede. He said that the Board of Elections must engage in a “fair and transparent process that demonstrates the strength of our democracy rather than undermine it.”

“I want to emphasize once again that in the days and the weeks ahead, we are going to do everything to still try to make government work. We’re gonna still fight to beat this pandemic, we’re still gonna fight to rescue this city’s finances, we’re gonna still fight for COVID relief,” he said.

He also spoke about the massive Black Lives Matter protests that swept the nation and NYC last summer, noting that both police and activists knelt together, putting aside differences. “We’re so much more united than it may seem,” he added.

Both Rose and Malliotakis had sparred in aggressive political ads against one another leading up to the election in the 11th congressional district, which covers conservative parts of NYC in Staten Island and South Brooklyn. Shortly after the polls closed, Malliotakis declared victory.

Update 10:30 p.m. The mood was relatively subdued at a watch party at Parklife in Gowanus, but not so much for artist Chad Stayrook. "I’ve been checking the news about every 15 seconds, I’m feeling insanely nervous," he said. "I woke up with crazy anxiety yesterday, so yeah, I’m definitely feeling a lot of pressure."

But he at least feels more prepared for a nail-biter of an election than he was in 2016. "I was actually quite optimistic even when it became pretty clear that things were going bad. I thought, ‘No this isn’t happening. This isn’t real.’ I'm definitely more cautious than I was in 2016."

At the Metropolitan Republican Club, the club's president Ian Reilly said he was feeling very confident. "I think just like in 2016, you can't believe whatever the polls are," he said. "It'll be tight I believe, but I think President Trump is going to pull it out."

Asked why he thought Trump deserved another four years in office, Reilly said, "For me as a gay Republican, it's very important he started and launched a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe, and that he appointed about five openly gay Republicans as ambassadors," he said. "I love what he's been able to do with the economy, bringing back jobs to the United States, especially manufacturing...and going forward, I think especially in New York, safety is going to be a huge issue. He's the law and order candidate, he's not 'defund the police,' he always defends them."

Josh Mason, a 22-year-old St John’s University student, talked about why he supports Trump and what it's like being a Black Republican in NYC. "Mostly you don't get a lot of support, especially on universities," he said. "There's a lot of liberal, I don't want to say propaganda, but ideology throughout all of our education. In New York especially, being a conservative is like being on the losing team, almost."

He said there's nothing Trump has done this year to make him question his loyalty to him: "I was raised on a lot of these media publications like everyone else, but back in 2015 I stopped following them and found a lot of alternative news sources and ever since them, I haven't really paid attention to the mainstream media. Everything is so skewed, you can never get a full picture, so I've found alternate ways to get my news—because of that, I haven't really had a fully negative view on him."

"To be honest with you, in some ways I wish he would go further," he added. "A lot of people say he's too harsh, he's too right wing. "I personally would like to see him go further on things like immigration."

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, offered some words of hope at another watch party at Restoration Plaza in Bed-Stuy. “We can’t let where we live determine if we live,” she said. “We can’t let them divide and conquer us. We are stronger as a unit.”

People are also out watching results come in in Times Square, as you can see in the livestream below.

Update 10 p.m. Ahead of impending protests happening across the city, officials with the mayor’s office are recommending religious leaders stay at their house of worship and not take part in any protests.

In a mass email sent out Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Dominque Atchison with the Center for Faith and Community Partnerships at NYC Office of the Mayor said the recommendation came from the NYPD.

“The NYPD has asked that faith leaders not go into the street in groups or attempt to engage any protestors [sic],” said Atchison in her email. “A safe recommendation would be to make sure your community knows you are available in person if possible, on the phone or via virtual means.”

For now, Atchison advised faith leaders to be at their house of worship Tuesday night instead to offer “prayer and support to those who may be feeling anxiety or fear.”

There have been worries from city officials over the possibility of protests raging after the election regardless of a winner, with stores having already boarded up their businesses ahead of demonstrations.

Minutes after polls closed, Joe Biden has been declared the winner in New York and New Jersey in the 2020 presidential race.

Back in August, Donald Trump told the NY Post that his campaign was “putting New York in play,” and that he thought a spike in crime and high taxes could help him win an upset.

Biden has also been declared the winner in states across the East Coast, including Connecticut, Vermont, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Delaware.

In the Bronx, Councilmember Ritchie Torres becomes the first openly gay legislator to represent the 15th Congressional District, the country’s poorest urban district. Torres’s heavy campaign war chest and message as a fighter helped him secure the nomination after the June primary, beating out 11 other contenders.

Also in the Bronx, Jamaal Bowman, who won the Democratic primary against longtime incumbent Eliot Engel, is officially voted in as the next congressman representing the 16th Congressional District. In Westchester County, while results are not in, Mondaire Jones is also poised to win. Bowman and Jones are now poised to be the first Black men to win the congressional seats for each respective district

New York Congressional Races

New Jersey Congressional Races