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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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763d ago / 2:14 AM UTC

GOP Sen. Mike Rounds wins South Dakota Senate race, NBC News projects

NBC News projects GOP Sen. Mike Rounds will win re-election in South Dakota, a state President Trump also carried. 

This brings the total of seats Republicans have maintained on election night to seven. This was not seen as a competitive Senate race. 

763d ago / 2:14 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In Texas, Biden is performing better among white voters than any Democrat in decades

Texas and its big cache of electoral votes have remained solidly in the Republican column since 1976, but this year the state emerged as a surprising battleground in the race between President Trump and Joe Biden. That’s in part due to Biden’s historically strong performance among the state’s white voters, according to results from the NBC News Exit Poll conducted with early and Election Day voters in the state.

Trump enjoys a solid lead among the state’s white voters, 65 percent to 34 percent. But Biden’s performance among this group is better than any Democrat since at least 1996, when President Bill Clinton won 31 percent of the white vote in Texas.

 

White Texas voters

Biden is leading Trump among nonwhite voters in Texas, 68 percent to 30 percent, according to the exit poll. Texas remained too early to call when polls closed in the state at 9 p.m. ET.  

763d ago / 2:14 AM UTC

Nevada court rejects Trump campaign effort to halt mail ballot processing

The Nevada Supreme Court refused a last-ditch Trump campaign effort to halt mail ballot processing and the use of signature verification software in Clark County, allowing the county to continue processing ballots as planned.

The Trump campaign and the Nevada Republican Party filed an emergency motion this afternoon asking the court for an emergency injunction after their suit in a district court was rejected Monday. The state Supreme Court refused Tuesday evening, writing that the “appellants have not demonstrated a sufficient likelihood of success to merit a stay or injunction.”

The court said that the suit had failed in district court because it lacked “evidentiary support” and standing and that the appeal hadn’t changed that. 

763d ago / 2:13 AM UTC

See the map two hours after the first polls closed and choose the path to the presidency

It will take at least 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election. Finish the 2020 map on our interactive page by clicking or tapping an individual state or toggle in order to move it to red or blue. States where NBC News has projected a winner cannot be changed.

763d ago / 2:12 AM UTC

Florida too close to call, but Trump leading

NBC News projects that Florida is still too close to call, but Trump is leading the key swing state.

Trump is up about 900,000 votes on his 2016 vote total in the Sunshine State while Biden is up on Clinton's 2016 total by more than 600,000. About 93 percent of the expected vote is in.

763d ago / 2:02 AM UTC

GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Cornyn of Texas win re-election

As of 9 p.m. ET, NBC News projects that GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Cornyn of Texas will win re-election in their respective Senate races. 

Both races were not seen as terribly competitive among the Senate races. 

763d ago / 2:01 AM UTC

As more polls close, more Senate races too early to call

As of 9 p.m., NBC News projects several Senate races are too early to call: Kansas, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Louisiana and Wyoming. 

Michigan, Minnesota and Arizona are seen as highly competitive races. 

763d ago / 2:00 AM UTC

Biden wins New York. Trump wins Arkansas.

NBC News projects that Biden will win New York while Trump will win 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.

763d ago / 2:00 AM UTC

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.

763d ago / 1:59 AM UTC

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.

763d ago / 1:57 AM UTC

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.

Older vote exit poll

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. 

763d ago / 1:55 AM UTC

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.

763d ago / 1:52 AM UTC

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. 

763d ago / 1:51 AM UTC

The big picture: Election Day across America

The big picture: Election Day across America.
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From Portland, Oregon, to Pittsburgh, photographers have been capturing the excitement and the anxiety of this historic Election Day. 

Click here to see more photos by Alisha Jucevic, Amy Lombard, Annie Mulligan, Sam Navarro, Ting Shen, Michael Swensen and Dominic Valente.

763d ago / 1:50 AM UTC

Trump expected to speak Tuesday night, Kellyanne Conway says

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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.” 

763d ago / 1:39 AM UTC
763d ago / 1:38 AM UTC

Georgia voter drives 800 miles to vote in person after absentee ballot fails to be delivered on time

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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.

Joe LaMuraglia takes a selfie after he drove more than 800 miles to vote in-person in Georgia because his absentee ballot was never delivered.
Joe LaMuraglia takes a selfie after he drove more than 800 miles to vote in-person in Georgia because his absentee ballot was never delivered.Courtesy Joe LaMuraglia

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.

763d ago / 1:32 AM UTC

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. 

763d ago / 1:30 AM UTC

Trump wins West Virginia, Biden wins Conn., NBC News projects

Trump wins West Virginia, NBC News projects. The state was one of the most pro-Trump states in 2016 and its results were not in doubt this cycle. NBC News is also projecting that Joe Biden wins Connecticut.

As of 8:30 p.m. on the East Coast, Biden is up 51 to 42 over Trump in the Electoral College. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

763d ago / 1:30 AM UTC

McConnell cruises despite facing well-funded opponent

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will return to the Senate in 2021 whether or not his party keeps control of the Senate, as NBC News projects he will defeat Democrat Amy McGrath.

McGrath gained significant national attention, a former fighter pilot who proved to be a strong fundraiser during her ill-fated 2018 House bid and an even stronger one in 2020. Through Oct. 14, she raised more than every other Senate candidate this year except for South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison.

She put that money to use, spending more than $75 million in total through Oct. 14, more than all but two other Senate candidates this cycle.

And when you look at TV and radio spending, where there’s up-to-date data, McGrath spent $22.8 million (as a part of that $75 million-plus total).

But despite all that money raised and spent, McConnell’s victory was a quick call on Tuesday night.

McConnell spent $45.5 million, with about $17 million of that coming on TV and radio. 

763d ago / 1:29 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Majority of voters nationwide see racism as a problem

Voters nationwide have mixed views about the extent to which racism is an important problem in the country today. Two in 10 consider racism the most important problem in the country and another 52 percent say racism is one of many important problems.

About a quarter of voters nationwide (26 percent) think that racism is not a problem or only a minor one, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters.

More than 8 in 10 Black (85 percent) and Latino voters (82 percent) nationwide consider racism an important problem facing the U.S. but so, too, do about two-thirds of white voters (66 percent).

When it comes to the criminal justice system, 54 percent of voters nationwide say Black people are treated unfairly while 39 percent say it treats everyone fairly.

763d ago / 1:28 AM UTC

Ballots on the move to be counted in North Carolina

763d ago / 1:25 AM UTC

Maine Senate race too early to call, NBC News projects

The Senate race in Maine is too early to call, NBC News projects.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican and four-term incumbent, is facing Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, the speaker of the state's House of  Representatives, in a closely watched race that could help determine which party controls the Senate. 

763d ago / 1:24 AM UTC

NBC News projects GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito re-elected in West Virginia

NBC News projects GOP incumbent Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will be re-elected in West Virginia

This is the fourth seat Republicans have maintained in the Senate as the party defends its current majority. 

763d ago / 1:22 AM UTC

Gov. Chris Sununu wins re-election in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu won re-election Tuesday, holding off Democratic challenger Dan Feltes, NBC News projects. 

Sununu will keep the governor's chair once held by his father, John Sununu.

763d ago / 1:18 AM UTC

How will the night unfold? Finish the 2020 map with your picks

It will take at least 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election. Finish the 2020 map on our interactive page by clicking or tapping an individual state or toggle in order to move it to red or blue. States where NBC News has projected a winner cannot be changed.

763d ago / 1:18 AM UTC

McConnell wins Senate re-election in Kentucky

Republican Mitch McConnell wins re-election in the Kentucky Senate race, NBC News projects.

McConnell, the powerful GOP leader who pushed through the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett just days before the election, will continue in his role as the state’s longest-serving senator, beating back Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.

"Our country will get back on its feet," said McConnell after his victory, adding, "Our fellow citizens are not our enemies." 

Whether he will have the chance for a third term as majority leader remains an open question right now, as control of the Senate has not yet been projected by NBC News.

Democrats poured millions of dollars into the race hoping to deny McConnell another term. 

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763d ago / 1:18 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Trump's support slips in Ohio suburbs

President Trump won Ohio by a comfortable 8-point margin in 2016, but this year there is erosion of his support in the state's suburbs. According to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Trump’s suburban support in Ohio is down about 5 percentage points from his 57 percent mark in 2016. Trump’s support in small Ohio cities and rural areas looks to be up slightly, however, to 72 percent this year versus 69 percent four years ago. 

The suburban Ohio vote is overwhelmingly white (86 percent), and among that group support for Trump has declined about equally among men and women. In 2016 Trump won white suburban women in Ohio by 19 points (57 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 38 percent), but this year their vote is roughly split (51 percent Trump, 49 percent Joe Biden).

Ohio suburban vote exit poll

Meanwhile Trump’s previous 70 percent support level among white suburban men in Ohio has declined to 63 percent this year. One indication as to why Trump is faring worse in the suburbs this year is that a slim majority of Ohio suburban voters (53 percent) say that he does not have the temperament to serve effectively as president. 

763d ago / 1:18 AM UTC

Bill Hagerty wins Tennessee Senate seat, NBC News projects

As expected, Republican Bill Hagerty wins Tennessee Senate seat, NBC News projects. 

Hagerty, who served as the ambassador to Japan under Trump, is filling the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander. 

763d ago / 1:17 AM UTC

Mississippi voter backing Biden, Espy appeals for bipartisanship

JACKSON, Miss. — Don Potts checked his watch after casting his ballot at a precinct in Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and the state’s largest city.

“Fifty-three minutes,” he said, describing the length of the process from waiting in line to voting in national and down ballot races.

Potts, who is white, bucked the state's history of racially polarized voting by supporting former Vice President Joe Biden and Mike Espy, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Polls closed moments ago in the red state, and the race is too early to call.

"I don't see any redeeming qualities," Potts, who identifies as an Independent, said of the president. If Espy is elected, Potts hopes he'll weigh proposals from members of both parties based on merit, not partisanship.

Espy will need a strong cross-section of Black and white voters in order to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Potts believes more white Mississippians have reached a turning point in their political views.

"I wasn't raised the way I think today,” he said. “There’s a good possibility a lot of us can change.”

Potts expressed embarrassment over Hyde-Smith, whose candidacy drew connotations of racial violence in the state, after she praised a supporter by stating, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”

“I imagine people in Washington say, ‘Is this the best Mississippi has?" Potts said.

Mississippians are also voting on whether to adopt a new state flag. The legislature retired the state’s former banner, which was last in the nation to contain the Confederate emblem, in July. Potts, who works in real estate, said he’s in favor of the new design displaying a magnolia, the state’s official flower, and a diamond honoring the contributions of Native Americans to the state.

763d ago / 1:17 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: More North Carolina voters view Trump favorably now than in 2016

According to results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, 46 percent of North Carolina voters say they have a favorable view of the president. More voters (52 percent) say they have an unfavorable view of him this year. 

But favorable views of Trump are slightly higher today than they were in 2016. Then, just 41 percent said they had a positive opinion of him. But despite these lukewarm views, Trump went on to win the state by about 4 percentage points.

North Carolina voters also have a slightly rosier view of Biden than they did of Clinton in 2016: 49 percent have a favorable view of him, as compared to the 43 percent who had a favorable opinion of Clinton.

Reflecting more positive views of both major party candidates in the 2020 contest, just 4 percent of voters say they do not have a favorable view of either candidate in the race. Four years ago, 16 percent of voters said they did not have a favorable view of either candidate.  

763d ago / 1:15 AM UTC

Trump wins Tennessee, NBC News projects

NBC News has projected that Trump will win Tennessee.

The state was not closely contested in 2020 and this result is not surprising.

As of 8:15 p.m. on the East Coast, Biden holds a 44 to 37 lead over Trump in electoral votes. It takes 270 to win.

763d ago / 1:09 AM UTC

Analysis: Good news, bad news for both camps in Florida

While the Miami-Dade bump for Trump is very good for him in the state, Biden's raw vote increases in the Tampa/St. Petersburg region could foreshadow new strength for him in the suburbs in other states.

763d ago / 1:08 AM UTC

'A moment for change and reform' in Los Angeles DA race

Walking out of the polling station at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Cameron Johnson, 35, said he voted in favor of county district attorney candidate George Gascón with hesitation. 

Gascón is running to unseat Jackie Lacey, the first Black woman to serve as Los Angeles County district attorney. She has drawn heavy scrutiny from Black Lives Matter activists for not prosecuting more police officers who shot and killed civilians. Gascón is seen as the reform candidate, although he too has been criticized for not bringing charges over police shootings when he was San Francisco’s district attorney. Gascón has vowed to reopen four fatal police shooting cases in Los Angeles if elected.

As Johnson explained, he always paid attention to the district attorney race, in part because he’s a tall, Black man. But a major turning point for Johnson came when he saw Lacey’s husband pull a gun on Black Lives Matter activists who knocked on Lacey’s door in March.

"She has not met the moment," Johnson said. “This is a moment for change and reform, and she has not done a good job of explaining how she’s going to change her office to meet this moment of upheaval."

“While I was not necessarily the biggest George Gascón fan,” he continued, “I think he will bring about change in the way our city prosecutes crime.”

763d ago / 1:06 AM UTC
763d ago / 1:05 AM UTC

Senate: 4 Democratic incumbents maintain seats, GOP keeps seat in Oklahoma, NBC News projects

Democrats have maintained four Senate seats while Republicans have maintained their hold on one, NBC News projects. 

As of 8 p.m., Democratic incumbent Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Chris Coons of Delaware, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire won their Senate races, NBC News projects. GOP incumbent Sen. Jim Inhofe won his race in Oklahoma. 

Follow the Senate results as they come in

763d ago / 1:04 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Latino voters hit hard by coronavirus, say economy is most important issue

The coronavirus pandemic has hit Latino communities particularly hard. According to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, 35 percent of Latinos reported facing severe economic hardships from the coronavirus — about three times the number of white voters (12 percent) and significantly more than the number of Black voters (21 percent). Another 33 percent of Latinos reported facing moderate economic hardships from the coronavirus.

Despite the severity of these economic challenges, 2 in 3 Latino voters said they believe it is more important to contain the coronavirus, even if it causes economic strain.

The economy was the top concern of Latino voters, with 35 percent saying it was the most important issue shaping their vote. Twenty-nine percent said racial inequality was the most significant issue. 

Across swing states, President Trump's approval rating among Latino voters varied widely. Fifty-eight percent of Latinos in Florida and half in Colorado said they approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, compared to a smaller share — about a third — of Latino voters in Arizona and Nevada.    

763d ago / 1:03 AM UTC

Delaware Gov. John Carney wins re-election

Delaware Gov. John Carney will win re-election, topping Republican challenger Julianne Murray, NBC News projects.

This marks the eighth consecutive time a Democrat has won the governor's chair in Dover.

 

763d ago / 1:02 AM UTC

Several Senate races too early to call

In the 2020 election, Republicans are defending 23 seats compared to 12 states for Democrats, making the battle for Senate majority extremely competitive. 

As of 8 p.m, NBC News rates the races in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia as too early to call. 

Democrats have already maintained seats in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Delaware, NBC News projects. Republicans maintained their seat in Oklahoma, NBC News projects. 

Democrats need to win back at least three seats to reclaim a thin Senate majority. The race in Alabama, where Democrat Sen. Doug Jones is competing for re-election, is very competitive. If Democrats lose that seat in ruby-red Alabama, they need four seats to get a majority. 

763d ago / 1:02 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In New Hampshire, Biden leads among independents, a key bloc in the state

Independents make up a big share of voters in the battleground state of New Hampshire. Unlike with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrat Joe Biden has built a lead over Republican Donald Trump with this key bloc, results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters show.

The state was too early to call when polls closed in New Hampshire at 8 p.m. ET.

Biden leads Trump, 61 percent to 34 percent, among self-described Independents in the Granite State. That’s a substantial change from 2016, when the state’s Independents split their votes down the middle between Trump and Clinton. That year, New Hampshire was one of the closest races of any state: Clinton beat Trump in the state by just 2,736 votes.

Independents make up 44 percent of voters this year in New Hampshire, far more than those identifying as Democrats (26 percent) or Republicans (29 percent).

763d ago / 1:00 AM UTC

Battleground Florida too early to call

It remains too early to call Florida, NBC News projects, as Biden holds a lead of less than 10,000 votes.

With 80 percent of the expected vote already in, Trump has seen a massive improvement on his vote in Miami-Dade County compared to 2016. There, he has so far picked up more than 140,000 additional votes when compared to his 2016 total.

But the news is better for Biden elsewhere in the state. He has improved on Clinton's total and margin in Duval, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties — home to Jacksonville, Tampa and St. Petersburg.

763d ago / 1:00 AM UTC

Biden wins several solid blue East Coast states, Trump wins Oklahoma

NBC News projects that Biden has won his home state of Delaware, as well as the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey

NBC News projects that Trump has won Oklahoma.

763d ago / 12:53 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In Maine, voters divided on ranked-choice voting

As Maine becomes the first state to use ranked-choice voting in its highly competitive Senate race Tuesday, voters in the state are divided about the new voting method.  

According to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters in Maine, 47 percent say they support ranked-choice voting, while 46 percent oppose it.

But there are stark divides among each candidate’s voters on the adoption of ranked-choice voting: Among those who support Democratic Senate challenger Sara Gideon, 71 percent support the new voting method while 20 percent oppose.

The pattern is the reverse among voters who back Republican incumbent Susan Collins: Just 20 percent of her voters support the policy, while 76 percent oppose it.

763d ago / 12:53 AM UTC

Vote Watch: Absentee ballot count will be delayed in Fulton County, Georgia

Officials at the State Farm Arena in Fulton County, Georgia, have announced that the absentee ballot count will be delayed after a pipe burst in the room containing the ballots. Fulton County is Georgia’s most populous county and includes Atlanta. 

The issue with the pipe was fixed within two hours. According to Fulton County spokesperson Regina Waller, none of the ballots or machinery were damaged. 

Fulton County said in a statemen, "Tonight Fulton County will report results for approximately 86,000 absentee ballots, as well as Election Day and Early Voting results. These represent the vast majority of ballots cast within Fulton County."

The county still plans on counting all ballots Tuesday night. However, Waller did not give an estimated time of completion. The county did not anticipate having all absentee ballots counted on Election Night.

763d ago / 12:47 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: 3 in 10 Biden voters say opposition to Trump drove their choice

Voters for Joe Biden were more than twice as likely as voters for President Trump to say that their choice for president was driven by opposition to the other candidate. 

According to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, more than 3 in 10 Biden voters said their vote for Biden was mainly against Trump. In contrast, just 15 percent of Trump voters said they cast their ballot against Biden. 

And more Trump voters (80 percent) said their vote was in support of the president. This compares with 63 percent of Biden voters who said they cast their ballot in support of the Democratic candidate.

763d ago / 12:44 AM UTC

Vote Watch: 14,000 ballots won't be counted in one S.C. county Tuesday night because of printing error

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In South Carolina's Dorchester County, 14,000 mail-in ballots won't be counted Tuesday night because of a printing error. 

The mistake was noticed when they tried to scan the mail-in ballots during the day, according to a spokesman for the state's Board of Elections. The county has to come up with a solution to the problem by Wednesday morning.

Dorchester County is outside of Charleston, which voted for Trump in 2016, 56 percent to 38 percent.

The state's Senate race between GOP incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison is competitive.

763d ago / 12:42 AM UTC

Postal Service ordered to sweep its facilities for ballots

A federal judge ordered Postal Service inspectors to "sweep" postal service facilities this afternoon “to ensure that no ballots have been held up and that any identified ballots are immediately sent out for delivery.”

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan's order covers 12 Postal Service regions, including in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Michigan, Florida and Arizona and came after the federal mail agency said 300,000 ballots it had received had not been scanned for delivery — though just because they weren't scanned doesn't mean they weren't delivered, postal officials say.

The Postal Service did not meet its 3 p.m. deadline to finish the sweep, but it said it started "all clear" sweeps to check for election mail, including voter registration, absentee ballot requests and absentee ballots, in January 2020. It said the Postal Inspection Service, essentially the mail police, had stationed hundreds of its agents to conduct daily reviews of all 220 of its facilities since Oct. 29. 

The NAACP, one of the groups that filed the case, said it was "grateful Judge Sullivan is requiring the USPS to take all actions necessary to ensure ballots are delivered on time."

"There is no room for error," NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. "Some state deadlines are tonight and the ballots must arrive. The Postal Service must comply fully with this order or be held in contempt.” 

Sullivan denied the NAACP's request for an emergency conference after the Postal Service did not meet the court's deadline, but he certified that all the sorting facilities were being swept for overlooked or mishandled ballots until 8 p.m.

The judge did tell the agency's lawyers to plan for a hearing at noon Wednesday discuss their failure to meet his earlier deadline. 

763d ago / 12:40 AM UTC

Trump campaign, Nevada GOP file emergency motion to limit processing of mail-in ballots

The Trump campaign and the Nevada Republican Party filed an emergency motion Tuesday afternoon, asking the state Supreme Court to stop processing some mail-in ballots in Clark County. 

Citing the potential for ballot manipulation, the motion requests the state’s highest court to stop election officials in Clark County, home to Las Vegas and the largest population in the state, from using a signature match software. The motion also asks the court to stop processing the mail-in ballots until the appeals can be heard and observation can be increased of the county’s ballot tabulation system. 

The emergency motion was filed a day after a Nevada district court judge issued an order rejecting the campaign and the Nevada GOP’s joint lawsuit filed in October, that claimed potential issues with the county’s signature verification system and its ballot processing procedures.

District Court Judge James Wilson’s order Monday stated that parties did “not have standing to bring these claims.”

763d ago / 12:40 AM UTC

'Get people back to work': Mississippi voters say economy is top issue

JACKSON, Miss. — In a suburb outside Mississippi's largest city, President Trump remains popular with many voters. 

Roughly 75 percent of voters in Rankin County, a Republican stronghold in the state, backed Trump in 2016. Polls are set to close in the state at 8 p.m. ET.

At the Oakdale Baptist Church voting location, Tip Dyess, 53, said he wants Trump re-elected “to keep our economy strong."

The state has an unemployment rate of about 7 percent, according to the most recent projections from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security for September.

Loretta Paits lacks Dyess' confidence.

Sitting outside the polling location in a lawn chair as she waited for a friend to vote, she shared that she favored Joe Biden’s plan to "get people back to work." Mississippi has one of the nation's highest uninsured rates, and Paits said she hopes Biden will reform health care in "a way that benefits everybody."

As masked voters walked past, the coronavirus pandemic was also on Paits' mind.

"I pray that he gets a vaccination," she said of Biden.

763d ago / 12:39 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Trump voters divided on whether mask-wearing is a public responsibility

As the handling of the coronavirus becomes a flashpoint in the 2020 presidential election, Trump voters are divided on the use of masks.

Among the president's voters, 50 percent say wearing a mask is a public health responsibility while a similar share (47 percent) say they are more of a personal choice.

According to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, an overwhelming majority of voters nationwide say that wearing a mask is more of a public health responsibility (68 percent). Just 3 in 10 say mask-wearing is a personal choice.  

A sizable share of Biden’s voters see mask wearing as a duty to the public: 83 percent say it’s a public health responsibility while just 14 percent say it is a personal choice.