At 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, six states that will decide the next president were left without appeal, as were a handful of Senate races that will determine who controls the chamber.
Here’s where it stands on Day 3, when you can expect the final results, and how to keep track of this extraordinary election.
What are we waiting for?
In the presidential race, at 11 a.m. EST, it was not yet clear who had won Alaska (3 electoral votes), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Nevada (6) , North Carolina (15) or Pennsylvania (20).
With the three calls made on Wednesday – Michigan and Wisconsin for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Maine’s Second Congressional District for President Trump – Mr. Biden has 253 confirmed electoral votes and it would take 17 more to win. President Trump has 214 confirmed electoral votes and it would take 56 more to win.
Four Senate races were not called in three states: Alaska, Georgia and North Carolina. Two more races were called Wednesday: incumbent Republican President of Maine, Senator Susan Collins, and incumbent Democratic President of Michigan, Senator Gary Peters, were both reelected.
Georgia has two races involving Republican incumbents that Democrats hope to overthrow. One, between Senator David Perdue and Jon Ossoff, is very likely to go to a second round in January. The other race will certainly require a second round between the incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, and Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.
When will we know the results?
This will likely vary considerably from state to state. Let’s take them one at a time.
Alaska may well be the last state to be called in, as officials won’t even begin counting mail-in ballots or in-person ballots after Oct. 29, for an extra week. That being said, it is a red state and is not really competitive. Mr. Trump will likely win here quite easily, and Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican, likely will too.
Arizona could be called up on Thursday, but probably not until late in the day. Mr Biden leads just over two percentage points with about 86% of the estimated vote counted, and some news outlets, including the Associated Press and Fox News, have already called him. The New York Times and others did not.
Officials in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and where many votes are still not counted, said they would release an update on the results after 9 p.m. EST.
Election officials in Georgia said they aim to complete the count by noon Thursday.
The state might have already been called had it not been for a broken pipe at a Fulton County site where election officials were counting postal votes, which delayed the counting process in Atlanta and the surrounding area.
Mr Trump was ahead in Georgia by less than half a percentage point with 96% of the estimated vote counted, but Mr Biden has steadily narrowed the gap, and uncounted ballots are mostly found in the areas democratic. The race could end close enough for a recount.
Mr Biden has a slim lead in Nevada, but it’s much closer than experts expected, and the state will accept mail-in ballots received until Nov. 10 as long as they are postmarked by the day of ballot.
The state is expected to release more results around noon Thursday.
Mr. Trump is narrowly ahead in North Carolina with 95% of the estimated votes counted. But North Carolina will accept mail-in ballots that arrive until Nov. 12, and the race may not be called until then.
There are a lot of countless votes in the major metropolitan areas of Pennsylvania – mainly in Philadelphia, but also in Pittsburgh – and although Mr. Trump remains ahead by about two percentage points, Mr. Biden has steadily improved. The vote count is continuously updated.
The Trump campaign is also fiercely challenging Pennsylvania’s court polls, which could delay the process.
Reporting was provided by Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein, Trip Gabriel, Kathleen Gray, Jennifer Medina and Stephanie Saul.