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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Biden wins New York. Trump wins Arkansas.
Both outcomes were not seriously in doubt, though Trump projected public optimism he could somehow flip New York, his birth state.
As of 9 p.m. on the East Coast, Biden now holds an 80 to 48 advantage over Trump in electoral votes. It takes 270 to win.
Gov. Phil Scott wins re-election in Vermont
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican in a solidly blue state, won re-election Tuesday, NBC News projects. Scott held off Democratic challenger state Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman.
Still quiet at Biden headquarters
It's almost 9:00 p.m. ET, and the scene at the Biden campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, is still developing.
The parking lot at the Chase Center on the Riverfront — where the Biden campaign is holding its election night drive-in car rally — remains largely empty.
MSNBC is playing on the big screens next to the stage.
Cars are not scheduled to arrive in the parking lot for the rally until later in the evening, the campaign has said.
NBC News Exit Poll: Trump has edge with older voters, who support his handling of the economy
Despite speculation that President Trump might lose the vote among seniors, he is holding his own with voters 65 and older. According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Trump is leading in the senior vote by roughly 3 points, 51 percent to 48 percent, which is a narrower margin than in recent elections.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken an enormous toll on older adults — and about 2 out of 3 voters 65 and older reported that the coronavirus was an important factor in their presidential vote.
Still, these older voters reported that the economy mattered more in their decision in the presidential race than the pandemic. Thirty-one percent of adults 65 and older said the economy was the most important issue affecting their vote, while 24 percent said the same of the coronavirus.
When it came to handling of the economy, older voters gave Trump an edge (53 percent) over Joe Biden (42 percent). Older voters were more evenly divided on who they thought would better handle the coronavirus, narrowly choosing Biden (47 percent) over Trump (46 percent).
In the critical swing state of Florida, where there is a particularly large concentration of older voters, Trump did even better: 56 percent of voters 65 and older in Florida said they believed that Trump would better handle the economy, while 52 percent felt that Trump would better handle the coronavirus pandemic.
Analysis: Biden gets big surge in major North Carolina counties
In North Carolina's Wake and Mecklenburg counties, where Raleigh and Charlotte are located respectively, Biden already has about a 100,000 increase from Clinton's totals there.
There are still precincts left to report in both counties, but less than 20 percent of the precincts are still out. Trump's total for the two counties is still shy of his 2016 mark by more than 10,000 votes. These numbers in counties with a mix of city and suburbs are consistent with the strength Biden is seeing in Florida in the Tampa/St. Petersburg suburbs and Jacksonville.
Trump's former White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, wins House seat in Texas
Ronny Jackson has won the House seat in Texas' 13th Congressional District, NBC News projects.
Jackson, a rear admiral, served as physician to the president in both the Trump and the Obama administrations. He held that role under Trump through March 2018.
In that position, Jackson claimed that Trump could live for 200 years because of the president's "incredible genes." He said in 2018 that Trump was in "excellent health" and his physical exam that year "went exceptionally well."
Trump had also tapped Jackson to serve as the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, but Jackson withdrew from consideration when allegations surfaced that he drank on the job, was responsible for a hostile workplace inside the White House and provided prescription pills with little oversight.
After that, he was appointed medical adviser to the president.
The big picture: Election Day across America
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Trump expected to speak Tuesday night, Kellyanne Conway says
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's 2016 campaign manager and longtime adviser, told ABC News “you will hear from the president tonight.”
She told the network he is “expected to address the nation later from the East Room.” Conway said she would be there and will be joined by “a couple hundred people.”
Georgia voter drives 800 miles to vote in person after absentee ballot fails to be delivered on time
More than 100 million Americans cast their votes before Election Day thanks to expanded early and absentee voting. However, one American had to drive more than 800 miles from Massachusetts to Georgia in order to cast his vote in person since his absentee ballot never arrived at his home address. Joe LaMuraglia, 52, is a registered Democrat from Savannah, Georgia, but has been living in Boston during the pandemic with his partner. He requested his absentee ballot at the beginning of September.
After requesting his ballot, LaMuraglia, a marketing executive, saw that the election office mailed his ballot on Sept. 18. However, the ballot never made it to his home in Boston. It was sent to Virginia, a state in which he has never claimed residency.
By Tuesday of last week, LaMuraglia knew he had to travel to Georgia in person to cast his vote. He drove about 15 hours to his early-voting polling location in Savannah. There, he waited for about an hour in order to cast his ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday. “I believe the Democratic ticket has my best interests at heart. But this election isn't about Democrats and Republicans. This election to me is about the future of this country,” he said.
Georgia is a hotly contested battleground state in which Democrats have been campaigning up until Election Day. Former President Barack Obama was in the state Monday, campaigning for Biden.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, QAnon supporter, wins House seat in Georgia
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won her House race for the state's 14th Congressional District, NBC News projects.
As of 8:30 p.m., Greene won 81 percent of the vote against her challenger, Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal, who received about 20 percent, NBC News projects, with 24 percent of the vote in.
Van Ausdal dropped out of the race in mid-September after just 31 days.