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Highlights and analysis from Election Day 2020

Presidential election results as ballots are counted in key swing states for President Trump and Joe Biden. Get live coverage and electoral vote updates.
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Election Day is over, with polls having closed across the country and officials processing both in-person and mail-in ballots.

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.

This live coverage has ended. Continue reading election news from November 4, 2020.

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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.

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.

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.

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.