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Where to Watch the Election Results Online

The 2020 presidential election is here, and the country is holding its breath waiting for the outcome. But how soon will we know whether President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden won? While you should be prepared not to know the winner tonight – we’re breaking down why below – there are a few different ways to stay up to date on the election results. 

First, we probably won’t know the presidential election result tonight

Even in non-pandemic years, the election is complicated (in 2016, Trump wasn’t even the projected winner until around 3 a.m. ET). Now, because of COVID-19 precautions, early voting and mail-in ballots, we’re looking at a serious delay for a projected winner. While President Trump has suggested that any votes counted after Tuesday are suspect, the election is not rigged. So, just keep in mind that the partial results rolling in before we all go to bed might be misleading.

There likely won’t be much to actually watch tonight. Instead, get ready to check trusted sources (not just Instagram) for updates in the days ahead. The keyword here is patience. If you need to, log off, stretch, phone a friend – whatever will help you stay grounded during this tumultuous time. 

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Related: 14 Ways to Stay Sane While Waiting for the Results of the 2020 Presidential Election

How to watch online (if you don’t have cable)

Finally, Check with your local and state Democratic and Republican organizations for Election Day plans online. The Biden and Trump campaigns will also be posting on their social media channels.

You can check out the results as they come in on Her Campus, where we’ll be continuously updating with the latest news. 

Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.