As Tuesday bled into Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were running a tight race. Trump was projected to win some key battleground states such as Florida, Ohio and Texas, while Biden was projected to win New Hampshire and Minnesota. Meanwhile, election officials in three other key states, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona, still have millions of ballots to count.
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Georgia election official predicts a recount is unlikely, touts record turnout
Gabriel Sterling, a top election official in Georgia, said Wednesday that he expected Democrat Jon Ossoff to ultimately win by more than a half of a percentage point, a margin outside of the recount territory.
NBC News has not called this race yet, though Ossoff is leading Republican David Perdue.
Sterling also said that the voter turnout in the runoffs was "unheard of," with more than 4.3 million Georgians voting compared to the November general election, when about 5 million people participated.
Sterling said that the previous turnout record for a runoff was 2.1 million.
U.S. adds 100,000 new Covid-19 cases in single day, breaking records
The U.S. has reported over 100,000 new Covid-19 cases in a single day, breaking a previous record, according to an NBC News tally.
This number exceeds the previous single-day record of 98,583 cases in late October.
As the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases, a majority of voters said rising case counts were an important factor in their vote for president — a reminder of the high stakes of the election as votes continue to be counted.
According to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, 61 percent of those casting ballots said rising coronavirus cases were a significant factor in their vote — including a quarter who said the surge was the most important factor.
Only 33 percent of voters said recent spikes in Covid-19 cases were not important to their vote for president.
Fulton County, Georgia, election officials expect to process all absentee ballots by midnight
Rick Barron, director of elections in Fulton County, told reporters Wednesday that the county expects to process its remaining ballots by midnight.
Barron said by the time they are finished tonight, more than 142,000 absentee ballots will have been processed. As of 7 p.m. ET, over 113,000 of those have already been processed. And of those processed, more than 106,000 have been “adjudicated,” meaning the scanners didn’t pick up something on the ballot and a review panel has to determine voter intent.
No ballots have been rejected in this process, he said, noting that ballots would have been rejected, such as for a signature mismatch, before making it to this process.
NBC News currently rates the race at too close to call, with Trump at 49.9 and Biden at 48.9 percent of the vote and 95 percent of the total vote in. There is a 47,827 vote difference, with Trump's lead narrowing as votes continue to be tallied.
Fulton is Georgia's most populous county and includes most of the city of Atlanta. Fulton and DeKalb Counties have the most votes left to count. Both areas have heavily African American populations that trend reliably blue in the red state. Exit polls show the vast majority of Black voters in the state supported Biden.
Biden campaign brass predicts wins in key battlegrounds, general election
The Biden campaign came out with guns blazing Wednesday morning, with its top brass assertively predicting a victory for their candidate in several key battleground states and in the general election.
“Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States,” Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon said on strategy call with reporters.
“By this afternoon, he will have leads in states that will put him over 270 electoral votes,” she added.
“We believe we have already won Wisconsin,” she said, adding that “we believe this state can be called this morning” for Biden.
In Michigan, she said “we expected the final results to be today and we expect we will win this state.”
In Pennsylvania, she predicted that the ballots that have yet to be counted will come in for Biden at levels that “will more than overcome” the approximate 600,000 vote deficit by which Biden currently trails.
She said the campaign expected Pennsylvania to be called “probably by tomorrow afternoon, evening, from what we understand.”
In Nevada, O’Malley Dillon said “we expect to win this race.”
She expressed less confidence about Georgia, saying that “many outstanding ballots are in the Atlanta area which favors the vice president” and that “we should know pretty soon where we net out in" that state.
North Carolina, O’Malley Dillon said, was “probably leaning toward Trump” but that “we may have to wait several days for the outcome” in the state.
She said Biden would speak to the public later Wednesday. She added that the campaign had “not been in contact formally” with the Trump campaign.
Where everything stands as you start your day after Election Day
So, in case you're just tuning in now — here's where everything stands.
- Biden holds a 224 to 213 Electoral College advantage over Trump with nine states yet to be called. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.
- In those remaining states, Biden holds a lead in Arizona, Maine, Nevada and Wisconsin, while Trump is up in Alaska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and Georgia. Each is still too close or too early to call.
- Much of the outstanding vote in those states comes from Democratic stronghold cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.
- Trump has falsely claimed he won the presidential election and vowed to take legal action to stop "all voting." Biden said he is encouraged by the results he's seen so far.
- Democrats are projected to win the House — but Republicans are eating into their majority.
- It is still too soon to project control of the Senate.
- Biden is currently winning the popular vote by more than 2 million. With much of the outstanding vote coming from urban areas, that number could widen.
- So far, there has been a much lower level of third-party support. After topping 5 percent in 2016, third-party support is now below 2 percent nationwide.
Votes pour in from Milwaukee, shooting Biden into Wisconsin lead
Just before 5 a.m. on the East Coast, Milwaukee County made public much of its total vote that remained outstanding.
Once that vote was published, Biden went from trailing by about 100,000 in Wisconsin to taking a lead of more than 10,000 votes.
Wisconsin was one of the tightest states in 2016. A loss there would mean Trump's path to victory becomes significantly more narrow.
Biden wins Hawaii, NBC News projects
Biden will win Hawaii, NBC News projects of a state that was not in question this election.
There are now only nine states that remain uncalled.
As it stands, Biden currently holds a 224 to 213 lead in the Electoral College over Trump. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.
'Squad' wins re-election
Every member of the so-called House "squad" — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mi., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. — won re-election to their seats.
The results were never much in doubt as each of the congresswomen resides in an overwhelmingly Democratic district.
Kansas candidate wins seat in legislature despite abuse allegations
A young Democratic candidate who admitted to circulating nude images of a 13-year-old girl is headed to the Kansas State House.
Aaron Coleman, 20, ran uncontested in Kansas House District 37. He garnered 3,496 votes against 2,013 votes cast for write-in candidates, according to the Wyandotte County Election Office. Coleman, who will represent sections of Kansas City, Kansas, declared victory on Facebook late Tuesday night: “People's Democracy has returned to the free state of Kansas after 110 years.”
After Coleman defeated a seven-term incumbent Democrat by just 14 votes in the primary, multiple women publicly accused Coleman of abusive behavior. Coleman apologized, admitting to many of the accusations, including engaging in "revenge porn," though he denied others. NBC News has not independently verified the allegations.
Coleman ran on a platform of protecting access to abortion, backing the Green New Deal, defunding the police and raising the minimum wage.
'Outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect': Biden camp slams Trump's remarks
Biden's campaign is strongly pushing back on Trump's false claims of victory and threats to fight to stop votes from being counted.
"The president’s statement tonight about trying to shut down the counting of duly cast ballots was outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect," Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. "It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens."
She added, "We repeat what the Vice President said tonight: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election. Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion."
Las Vegas Dreamer hopes Nevada will be blue
LAS VEGAS — Dulce Martinez started knocking on doors at 6 a.m. local time Tuesday morning in the east side Latino neighborhoods, encouraging those in the community who had not yet cast their ballots to do so.
Thirteen hours later, Martinez, 22, a volunteer with Mi Familia Vota, a Latino nonprofit advocacy group, had knocked on 266 doors and was crossing her fingers, hoping her efforts would pay off.
Besides questions about mail in ballots and polling locations, many people Martinez spoke with also wanted to know how she voted.
Martinez, who immigrated to the United States when she was 3 years old, and was a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. Though the Obama-era program — which Trump has tried to shut down — had shielded her and hundreds of thousands of other children, who were brought into the U.S. as children from deportation, she could not vote.
“So I would tell them there are many kids like me depending on people like you who can vote,” Martinez, who works as a caregiver, said as she waited in line to grab a late dinner from a food truck at Election Day watch party held on the city’s east side. “You can help protect our lives too.”
She’s not sure when all the votes will be tallied, or how many people she talked to on Tuesday went to cast their vote, but she’s hoping it’s enough to keep Nevada, a battleground state, in the blue.
Allegheny County in Penn. suspending mail-in ballot scanning until 10 a.m.
NBC News has learned Allegheny County is suspending the scanning of mail-in ballots until 10 a.m. local time Wednesday.
“The county has made the decision to suspend scanning and will begin again after 10 AM. Staff are being asked to report at 10 AM and scanning will begin shortly after," said Amie Downs, spokesperson for Allegheny County.
There are currently 348,485 mail-in and absentee ballots that have been returned. Of those, 173,068 are scanned and uploaded and approximately 29,000 will be reviewed manually through the Return Board process. The remaining 146,537 will be scanned beginning late Wednesday morning and updates provided as that process begins until complete.
“After discussion with staff and the observers here, it allowed time for everyone to get a little rest before reconvening. The staff doing the scanning were not on separate shifts," Downs said. "The same group was running the process the entire time.”
All ballots have been secured in the warehouse with county police patrolling the facility all evening. The facility is also under 24-hour video surveillance.
With millions of votes still to be counted, Trump falsely claims he won
Shortly after 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday and with millions of votes left to be counted, Trump falsely claimed he won the presidential election.
"This is a fraud on the American public," he told supporters and members of the media in a White House address. "This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election, frankly we did win this election."
He then vowed to take legal action to stop "all voting."
In Pennsylvania, Trump said the Democrats "aren't even close" because he currently holds a lead of less than 700,000 votes with about 75 percent of the expected vote in.
Much of the remaining vote to be counted in Pennsylvania is of the early-and-mail-in variety, which skews heavily toward Democrats. It's also coming from areas like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the two biggest sources of Democratic votes in the state.
As it stands, NBC News estimates that more than 1.84 million votes remain to be counted in Pennsylvania, well more than Trump's lead.
Earlier Wednesday, Biden also expressed confidence he would win Pennsylvania. The Biden campaign pushed back strongly on Trump's remarks, calling them "outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect."
"Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election," said Biden Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. "Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion.”
Ten states still haven’t been called by NBC News, including Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump boasted about leading in those states, though a large amount of votes in Democratic areas like Atlanta, Milwaukee and Detroit is still outstanding.
Then, in Arizona, where Biden is ahead, Trump said any declaration of Biden's victory there is premature.
“We have a lot of life in that," he said.
He mentioned victories in Florida, Ohio and Texas, which NBC News has called for the president, and added that he should be counted as the winner in North Carolina, which NBC News has not called yet, as the race remains too close.
NBC News Exit Poll: Early voters swung for Biden; Election Day voters backed Trump
The race for president cannot yet be characterized in a number of battleground states at least in part because of the sharply divided results between Election Day ballots and early votes, many of which have yet to be counted.
According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, voters who went to the polls on Tuesday backed President Trump by a 60 percent to 38 percent margin. The poll of early voters found they did the exact opposite, backing Joe Biden by 21 points. The Democrat got even more support from those who mailed back their ballots — 66 percent to 33 percent — than he did from those who cast an early vote in person — 52 percent to 45 percent.
Indecision was not a primary reason why one-third of the electorate decided to wait until Tuesday to vote. Nearly equal numbers of Election Day (82 percent) and early voters (84 percent) said they made up their minds more than a month ago.
Sarah McBride to become first transgender state senator in U.S. history
Sarah McBride has won her Delaware state Senate race, poising her to become the first and only openly transgender state senator in the U.S. and the country's highest-ranking transgender official.
"I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too," McBride, 30, tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. "As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it's time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families."
She easily defeated Republican Steve Washington to represent Delaware's 1st Senate District. Incumbent Democrat Harris McDowell, who did not seek re-election after 44 years, had endorsed McBride.
The 1st District covers Bellefonte, Claymont and parts of Wilmington, the state's largest city.
NBC News projects Steve Daines wins Montana Senate race, a blow to Democrats who hoped to flip seat
NBC News projects Republican Steve Daines wins re-election in his Montana Senate race, a blow to Democrats who hoped to flip the seat.
Daines won against Democrat Steve Bullock, who is the state's governor, with 52.5 percent of the vote as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Bullock, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for president, left the race to run in the Senate, which Democrats thought could give them an edge in the state and a win toward a Senate majority.
Voters reject DA who recused herself from Ahmaud Arbery case
In coastal Georgia, voters ejected from office a longtime prosecutor, Jackie Johnson, a Republican who declined to handle a case in which three white men chased, shot and killed a Black man on camera. Instead, voters elected Keith Higgins, an independent.
In February, Johnson recused herself the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, whose family has said he was jogging through a Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood when a trio of white men, including a father and son, chased him in their cars. The men approached Arbery with guns drawn, and one of them shot Arbury. The fatal shooting was captured on camera. Two of the three men later played a role in circulating footage of the incident. One of the men had previously worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office.
But a number of questions have been raised about instructions Johnson gave police and others after Arbery was killed. The three men involved in Arbery’s shooting death were allowed to go home and not arrested on the day of the shooting. Two months would pass before the case reached the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and arrests were made. The three men involved have denied any wrongdoing but remain in jail awaiting trial. Johnson and a second prosecutor who picked up the case then wrote a memo recommending no charges for the three men and have since become the subject of state and federal investigations.
Johnson, appointed prosecutor in 2010, received just 34 percent of the votes cast, while Higgins received 66 percent.
White House guests, including Fox News personalities, schmooze and watch results
Guests, including Fox News personalities, are schmoozing with wine in White House as Trump speaks as the election hangs in the balance.
Fox News is on in the East Room playing results. Guests were seen enjoying wine and cheering as they mill about East Room. Guests estimated at about 150 people.
Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich, who is the ambassador to the Holy See, are there. Also Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Raymond Arroyo, Jeanine Pirro and former Fox Nation contributors Diamond and Silk attended.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was also in attendance, the only one in attendance who appeared to be seen wearing a mask.
CORRECTION (Nov. 4, 2020, 1:25 p.m. ET): A previous version of this post misstated the affiliations of social media personalities Diamond and Silk. They are former Fox Nation contributors, not Fox News contributors.
Arizona, Montana, South Dakota vote to legalize use of marijuana
The states of Arizona, Montana and South Dakota voted on Election Day to legalize the use of recreational marijuana for adults, NBC News projects.
A measure establishing a medical marijuana program in South Dakota also passed.
Earlier on Tuesday, the state of New Jersey also voted to legalize the use and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, NBC News projected.
NBC News Exit Poll: Support for Trump increased among Black and Hispanic voters
Trump appears to have boosted his support among voters of color this year, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. Trump won 12 percent of the Black vote, which is the highest share for a Republican candidate in the past 20 years. The last Republican to win 12 percent of the Black vote was Bob Dole in 1996.
Trump also improved on his 2016 performance among Hispanic voters. He achieved the highest level of Hispanic support (32 percent) for a GOP candidate since George W. Bush in 2004 (44 percent). Among both Blacks and Latinos, support was stronger among men than women.
Hispanic Trump supporters said that the economy was by far the most important issue for their vote, with two-thirds (67 percent) citing that issue. There were too few Black Trump supporters in the exit poll to reliably analyze their top issue.
NBC News Exit Poll: Biden peels off 2016's third-party voters and non-voters
Biden is performing well among voters who say they did not vote in 2016, as well as those who cast ballots for candidates other than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump four years ago.
According to results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, 2020 voters who sat on the sidelines in 2016 are splitting for Biden by a significant margin: 61 percent cast a ballot for Biden, while 37 percent voted for Trump.
Most of those who did not vote in 2016, but voted this year, are younger and more Democratic than the 2020 electorate overall: 53 percent are under 30, and 40 percent say they usually think of themselves as Democrats.
Voters who did not vote for either of the two major parties in 2016 also split for Biden — by more than 2 to 1: 62 percent of these voters cast a ballot for Biden while 24 percent voted for Trump.
Voter flies to Georgia from D.C. after absentee ballot failed to be delivered
After her absentee ballot failed to be delivered to her county election office, Joanne Fairley, 54, flew from Washington, D.C., to Georgia on Election Day to vote in person. Once Fairley landed in Atlanta, she traveled to her polling location in DeKalb County, only to learn that there was a computer issue affecting voting machines.
A poll worker provided Fairley with a provisional ballot instead; Fairley said a supervisor at the polling station told her that the “glitch” had happened to three other people on Tuesday, all of whom were looking to place in-person votes after their absentee ballots did not go through.
The Georgia Board of Elections did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
Fairley called it the most important election of her lifetime, explaining why she paid to travel by plane and rent a car to cast her vote.
"I feel whatever happens over the next 24 hours, I have done my part and I have used my voice and used the means that I have to make a difference," she said.
NBC News Exit Poll: Biden the projected winner in Minnesota, gains ground there
Biden is the projected winner in Minnesota tonight after gaining ground among groups that were favorable toward Clinton in 2016 — and reversing some of the cratering that hampered Democratic candidates in the upper Midwest four years ago.
Biden did particularly well among voters under 30 (64 percent voted for him), voters who most wanted a candidate who could unite the country (80 percent), moderate voters (63 percent) and white women (57 percent).
Biden also made up some ground that Democrats lost in 2016 among white working-class voters. Four years ago, 33 percent of white voters with no college degree in Minnesota cast a ballot for Clinton. Today, 42 percent of that group voted for Biden — a 9 percentage point improvement.
Oregon voters approve ‘magic’ mushrooms for therapeutic use
Voters in Oregon have passed a measure legalizing controlled, therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms, as well as a measure decriminalizing possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD, oxycodone and some other drugs.
They’ve also approved measures on cigarette taxes and political contributions. Also on the ballot are two high-profile drug measures and a U.S. Senate race while people in Portland choose a mayor in a race that has drawn national attention amid ongoing protests in the state’s largest city.
Voters in Nevada may not see final results for days
LAS VEGAS — As the hours went by, the mood turned solemn during Election Day watch party at an east Las Vegas banquet hall, where only a few remained to watch news reports on elections results across the country.
“I think it’s still too early to tell and I don’t want to get my hopes up,” said Nevada state Assemblywoman Selena Torres, who was one of about 10 people remaining at the watch party shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Nevada state officials have said that final results would not be available until several days after the election. About 30 Las Vegas polling locations stayed open an extra hour, till 8 p.m., after a judge granted a request from President Trump’s campaign to keep them open longer because of make up for delayed openings. According to NBC News' count, only about 7 percent of the expected vote had been counted a few hours after the polls closed.
Torres, a Democrat, said she hopes that Biden will win Nevada and that the state will be able to maintain its democratic majority in both the state house and senate. She added she is proud of the work that so many have done to engage the Latino vote in Nevada this election cycles.
“Now it’s time to see if it was enough,” she said.
NBC News Exit Poll: Among small share of voters dissatisfied with both candidates, Trump was clear choice
A small share of voters across the country found little to like about either President Trump or Joe Biden this year, a sign of their general dissatisfaction with the choices presented by the two parties. According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, these voters have solidly backed Trump.
Disaffected voters of several types were drawn to the president:
- Thirteen percent of voters said they would be either “concerned” or “scared” regardless of whether Biden or Trump wins the presidency. They broke for Trump, 66 percent to 20 percent.
- Six percent of voters said that neither Biden nor Trump has the temperament to serve as president. They overwhelmingly supported Trump over Biden, 65 percent to 17 percent.
- Just 4 percent of voters said they had unfavorable views of both Biden and Trump. They gave their vote to Trump, 52 percent to 33 percent.
NBC News Exit Poll: More Iowa voters want a Republican-controlled Senate
In the hotly contested Senate race in Iowa, Republican incumbent Joni Ernst has faced a tough challenge from Democrat Theresa Greenfield. NBC News projects that Ernst will hold onto her Senate seat for another term.
Iowa voters are closely divided over how they see President Trump’s job performance, but a majority of Iowans this election want to see Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate. Fifty-four percent prefer a Republican-controlled Senate; 41 percent prefer Democratic control.
And of those voters who want to see the GOP control of the Senate, 92 percent supported Ernst, with just 4 percent backing Greenfield.
NBC News Exit Poll: In Iowa, Trump draws support from white evangelicals and rural voters
NBC News projects that President Trump will pull out a repeat win in Iowa, albeit with a smaller overall margin than in 2016.
Trump drew strong support from his core constituencies in Iowa, including about 7 in 10 white evangelical voters, a similar share as four years ago, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. Trump also captured 68 percent of the vote from white men with no college degree in Iowa and about 6 in 10 votes from those in rural areas of the state.
The poll shows that voters in Iowa who were looking for a strong leader overwhelmingly picked Trump; 80 percent of this group selected him for re-election.
Mississippi Senate rematch ends Democrats' hopes for an upset
JACKSON, Miss. — Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi will serve a full term after winning her election bid.
Supporters of Democratic challenger Mike Espy had hoped this year’s race would be competitive. In 2018, Espy and Hyde-Smith faced off in a special election, resulting in one of the state’s tightest Senate races in recent history.
Guests at Hyde-Smith's campaign watch party in Jackson cheered as she took the stage for a victory speech.
A few miles away, Wilburn Smith, 27, spent most of the night at a downtown restaurant hoping Espy would pull off an upset.
Had Espy won, he would have been Mississippi’s first Black senator since Reconstruction. Smith saw potential in Espy, a native of the Mississippi Delta, to address longstanding disparities in the state.
“We have been at the bottom of everything,” he sighed.
Biden wins Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, NBC News projects
NBC News projects Biden will win Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, marking the first flip from 2016 that NBC News has called so far.
Trump and Biden remain close in the Electoral College race, with Biden slightly ahead at 220 to 213. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.
The congressional district's solo vote is crucial in the event of a possible tie, which some elections experts have said is more likely than in the past due to the changing electorate.
Should Trump manage to hold on to states he won in 2016 other than Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, there could be an Electoral College tie. In that scenario, a tie would be broken by the state delegations in the House of Representatives, each with one vote; they are currently majority Republican. Should Trump fail to win that trio of states, along with one of Maine or Nebraska's congressional districts, he could lose the race by just one Electoral College vote.
NBC News projects Democratic Tina Smith of Minnesota wins Senate race
NBC News projects Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota will head back to the Senate.
She beat her Republican challenger, Jason Lewis, with 49.3 percent, as of 1:30 a.m. with 86 percent of the vote in.
This is a race Democrats did not expect to be competitive, but President Trump campaigned heavily in the state hoping to flip it. Biden carried the state, however, according to an NBC News projection.
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Biden wins Minnesota, NBC News projects
NBC News projects that Biden will win Minnesota. His victory in the state with 10 Electoral College votes extends a blue streak where Hillary Clinton won narrowly over Trump in 2016.
A Democrat has won Minnesota in every presidential election since 1972.
Trump made a big play for Minnesota, hoping to flip it after coming just short in 2016.
Biden now holds a 220 to 213 lead over Trump in the Electoral College.
NBC News Exit Poll: Biden loses some support from Black men as compared to past Democratic candidates
Support for the Democratic presidential candidate reached a new low among Black men this year, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. Eighty percent of Black men supported Biden, which is slightly down from Clinton’s level of support among Black men in 2016 (82 percent). It is significantly down from Obama’s level of support from Black men in 2012 (87 percent) and 2008 (95 percent).
Support for the Democratic presidential candidate appears to be slipping among Black women as well, but to a much smaller degree. Biden still enjoyed support from more than 9 out of every 10 Black women voters.
There were a few groups that appear to have driven this shift toward Trump among Black men. Over half of Black men (52 percent) who identified as ideologically conservative cast their vote for Trump, and one in three Black men (35 percent) living in the Midwest also voted for Trump.
Also about 26 percent of Black men who had a high school diploma or less supported Trump in 2020. But 22 percent of Black men with bachelor’s degrees, and 20 percent of Black men with advanced degrees also supported Trump. Black men with some college education broke for Biden at levels comparable to those of Black women.
NBC News Exit Poll: Trump support among white voters declining slightly in industrial Midwest
Support for President Trump among white college graduates is generally trending down across the industrial Midwest states formerly known as the "blue wall." According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Trump is winning the support of 43 percent of college-educated white voters in Michigan, which is down from 51 percent in 2016. The pattern is similar in Pennsylvania, though far less pronounced in Wisconsin.
The exit poll indicates that support for Trump has also dropped in this region among white voters who did not graduate college, with the notable exception of Pennsylvania. In the Keystone State, Trump is maintaining his strong support among working-class white voters, carrying nearly two-thirds of their vote this year. In Michigan and Wisconsin, however, Trump’s vote share among white voters who did not graduate college is down by about 5 to 8 percentage points.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan wins Senate race in New Mexico, NBC News projects.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan wins the Senate race in New Mexico, NBC News projects.
This was a race to watch, but one safely in the Democratic column. As of 1:15 a.m., Lujan beat his Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti with 51.4 percent of the vote.
Currently, both sides have flipped one Senate seat, so the status quo hasn't changed.
With Biden's speech done, cars at drive-in rally leave
WILMINGTON, Del. — As quickly as the parking lot at Biden’s campaign headquarters filled up, it emptied out even more quickly.
Moments after Biden finished speaking, cars that had come to the Chase Center on the Riverfront for the drive-in rally departed.
The parking lot is largely empty once again.
The Biden campaign has called a "lid" - meaning there will be no more public appearances by Biden tonight.
Trump wins Texas, NBC News projects
NBC News projects that Trump will win Texas.
There has for months been talk of Texas turning blue, but it didn't happen this year. Trump easily knocked off Clinton there in 2016 and came out the winner again, collecting 38 Electoral College votes — the biggest pot of any battleground state.
Trump now leads Biden 212 to 209 in the Electoral College. It takes 270 votes to win.
California passes Proposition 22, backed by Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft picked up the support of California voters Tuesday, as they passed a measure that allows the app-based, ride-hailing services to classify drivers as independent contractors, NBC News projects.
Proposition 22 will make the companies exempt from a 2019 law, Assembly Bill 5, that greatly narrowed the definition of independent contractors, thus making more workers eligible for benefits such as sick leave, health care and unemployment benefits.
Biden's early morning speech sparks optimism at Wilmington event
WILMINGTON, Del. — As Joe Biden spoke early Wednesday morning, the crowd at his campaign’s drive-in rally at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, in Wilmington, used their cars to let him know of their strong support.
Horns blared as Biden said, “we feel good.” And people cheered as he said “we can know the results as early as tomorrow morning”
After Biden wrapped up his remarks, supporters said they were relieved he spoke publicly about the election results — with many saying they were feeding off his optimism.
“I’m feeling inspired now,” Stephanie Ingram, of Newark, Delaware, said. Asked if she thought Biden would win, Ingram said “I really think he will.”
“Fingers crossed,” she added.
“It was short, it was sweet, it was to the point," said Victor Sloan, a rheumatologist who said he spent eight hours over the weekend canvassing for Biden. "It was exactly what we needed to hear."
NBC News Exit Poll: Trump's projected Florida win driven by voters who say racism, climate change not a problem
President Trump is projected to win Florida with a slightly larger share of the vote than he received in 2016, driven by groups including white Christians, white men, white voters who did not graduate college and rural voters, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. That's a set of groups similar to those that drove Trump's success in the state four years ago.
On the issues, Trump won support in Florida from voters who do not believe climate change or racism are a problem: Nearly 90 percent of his supporters in Florida said they held each of those views. About 85 percent of voters who said that crime was one of the most important issues shaping their vote also supported Trump. In addition, his win in Florida was propelled by voters who prioritize rebuilding the economy over containing the coronavirus.
A Las Vegas woman convinced her husband to be her voice at the polls
LAS VEGAS — Mira Hernandez paced back and forth outside a north central Las Vegas polling site Tuesday evening, shortly before the polls closed. She wanted to make sure her husband cast his ballot. For two weeks, she’d been asking him to vote.
On Tuesday, she finally got him out to a polling location at Meadows Mall in north central Las Vegas.
Hernandez, 27, immigrated to Las Vegas from Mexico about four years ago and while she is a legal resident, she cannot vote. But her husband, Danny Hernandez, 29, was born in the United States and could vote— he just never had. Danny did not think voting mattered or that it would make any real impact.
“I told him you have to do this for me, for my parents and for our family,” Mira Hernandez said. The couple have 4-year-old twins. She told him his vote for Joe Biden could make a difference for the future of immigration law, her residency status and their lives.
About 25 minutes later, Danny Hernandez walked out of the polling site. His wife grabbed his arm and kissed him on the shoulder. He turned and looked at her.
“Now, let’s just hope it counts,” he said.
Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa wins re-election, NBC News projects
NBC News projects Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa wins re-election.
This was one of the key Senate races of the election that Democrats had hoped to win in the crucial battleground state. Ernst faced a tough re-election battle against Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.
But as of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Ernst won the race with 51.6 percent of the vote, NBC News projects.
Trump wins Iowa, NBC News projects
NBC News projects that Trump will win Iowa, giving him another swing state victory after earlier wins in Florida and Ohio.
The victory is a repeat performance for the president, who won Iowa handily four years ago over Hillary Clinton. The state has six Electoral College votes.
Las Vegas Election Day watch party also honors volunteers
Cheers erupted at an east Las Vegas Banquet hall on Tuesday night as the Nevada Chapter of Mi Familia Vota, a national, nonpartisan Latino voting group, handed out awards to its local volunteers.
About 60 people gathered at the Election Day watch party at the Luxury Event Center, hosted by Mi Familia Vota and Nevada state Assemblywoman Selena Torres. The event included a local food truck in the parking lot and socially distanced tables inside for those who wanted to watch election results on the projection screen.
During the watch party, the organization also handed out awards to many of its volunteers who spent two weeks canvassing and knocking on doors throughout the state encouraging Nevada’s Latino community to vote.
Cecia Alvarado, Nevada state director for Mi Familia Vota, said that volunteers knocked on 6,000 doors alone between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
“This has been an amazing effort by our volunteers,” Alvarado said.