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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.

Read live updates below:

764d ago / 2:43 AM UTC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins re-election in New York

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to members of her staff and volunteers who helped with her campaign outside her office in the Bronx on Election Day.Kathy Willens / AP

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her first bid for re-election in New York on Tuesday, NBC News projects.

She faced Republican challenger John Cummings, a former teacher and police officer, whose campaign was well-funded despite Ocasio-Cortez being heavily favored to win in her overwhelmingly Democratic district, which runs over parts of Queens and the Bronx. 

She became a prominent figure of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party after her upset win in the 2018 midterm election.

764d ago / 2:42 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Biden outperforming Clinton among new voters

Biden is the overwhelming favorite of those who are casting ballots in a presidential election for the first time — and he's faring even better than Clinton did among this group in 2016, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters.

The exit poll found that 13 percent of voters casting ballots for president in the 2020 contest have never done so before. These voters make up a slightly larger share of the electorate than they did four years ago.

Today, 68 percent of those who say they are voting for the first time cast a ballot for Biden; just 29 say they voted for Trump.

First-time voters tend to skew younger and more Democratic. Hillary Clinton was a clear favorite among the group, 

While Clinton was favored by the group 19 percentage points above Trump, with 57 percent to Trump's 38 percent, that was a considerably smaller margin as compared to this year. 

764d ago / 2:37 AM UTC

Trump wins South Carolina, NBC News projects

NBC News projects that Trump will win South Carolina, locking up a win in a state that was never much in question but does feature a competitive Senate race.

Biden now holds an 89 to 72 Electoral College advantage over Trump. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

764d ago / 2:36 AM UTC

Trump, Biden supporters face off in Texas

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Biden supporters face off with a Trump supporter outside of a polling site on Election Day in Houston.Go Nakamura / Reuters
764d ago / 2:33 AM UTC

North Dakota re-elects GOP Gov. Doug Burgum, NBC News projects

North Dakota voters on Tuesday  will re-elect Gov. Doug Burgum, defeating Democratic challenger Shelley Lenz, NBC News projects.

A Democrat hasn't won the governorship of North Dakota since 1988.

 

764d ago / 2:32 AM UTC

Hickenlooper wins Colorado Senate race, flipping seat from red to blue

Democrat John Hickenlooper, the former mayor of Denver and governor of Colorado, beat first-term GOP Republican Sen. Cory Gardner — a win for Democrats. 

Hickenlooper, 68, left office last year after two terms as governor and ran unsuccessfully for president. This was a must-win state for Democrats in the battle for the Senate. 

Follow the fight for Senate control here

764d ago / 2:31 AM UTC

Vote Watch: U.S. Cyber Command took prior action against Russian and Iranian government hackers

The U.S. Cyber Command conducted offensive operations designed to thwart election interference efforts prior to the election, two sources told NBC News. The operations targeted computer infrastructure associated with government hackers in Russia and Iran.

The effort by American military hackers against Iran was first reported by The Washington Post, and the action against Russia was first reported by CBS News.

The sources described cyber actions not as crushing blows to foreign adversaries, but as something of an annoyance to them.

The sources said the operations were similar to what Cyber Command did in 2018, when it took down computers associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm. The impact lasted only a day or two, the sources said, before the disinformation factory was up and running again.

A spokeswoman for Cyber Command declined to comment. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who serves as both director of the National Security Agency and commander of Cyber Command, boasted in a tweet earlier Tuesday: “We know our adversaries better than they know themselves. We stand ready with our partners to generate insights, enable defenses, and when authorized, impose costs on foreign adversaries. Rest assured, if called to, we will act.”

U.S. officials have said they have seen no signs Tuesday of malicious foreign cyber activity targeting the election.

764d ago / 2:29 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Despite 'law and order' appeals, white suburban women say economy, not crime, is top issue

With protests around racial inequality and policing occurring in cities across the country this year, many Republican candidates — and especially President Trump — sought to appeal to suburban white women by emphasizing a commitment to law and order. But according to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, the economy was a far bigger issue in deciding how this group voted for president. 

Only 11 percent of suburban white women said that crime was the issue that mattered most to their vote, about the same share who said racial inequality was the most important issue. 

White suburban women exit poll

When asked about the Black Lives Matter movement and the criminal justice system, more than half of white suburban women said they hold a favorable view of Black Lives Matter, and nearly half said they believe the justice system is unfair to Black people, the poll found.  

764d ago / 2:25 AM UTC
764d ago / 2:24 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Biden is ahead with independent voters nationwide

In an era marked by wide divisions between Republicans and Democrats across a host of issues and concerns, a key factor in this election is whom independent voters will favor.

In 2016, President Trump edged out Hillary Clinton among independents by 4 points, capturing 46 percent of independent voters nationwide, compared to the Democratic candidate's 42 percent. 

According to results so far from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, this critical swing group is breaking for Joe Biden by a 17-point margin — 56 percent to 39 percent.

Men are a key constituency for Trump this election.

Former Vice President Biden is pulling in about half of independent men (52 percent), a group that Clinton lost by 12 points in 2016. And Biden is winning over independent women by a wide margin: 61 percent of this group is breaking for him, compared with 35 percent for Trump, a difference of 26 points.

764d ago / 2:23 AM UTC

Sen. Mitch McConnell gives victory speech

 

764d ago / 2:22 AM UTC

Gov. Jim Justice wins re-election in West Virginia, NBC News projects

Gov. Jim Justice won re-election in West Virginia on Tuesday, dispatching Democrat Ben Salango, NBC News is projecting.

The former coal executive is best known for having won office in 2016 as a Democrat, only to switch parties in 2017.

764d ago / 2:22 AM UTC

Biden holds early Electoral College advantage, but no swing states have been called

Biden currently holds an 89 to 54 advantage over Trump in the Electoral College, yet all of the major swing states remain outstanding.

Biden has so far won New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., NBC News projects.

Trump, meanwhile, has won North Dakota, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, NBC News projects.

It takes 270 to win.

764d ago / 2:21 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In Pennsylvania, Trump losing ground with college-educated whites

In 2016, Trump toppled the "blue wall" of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin by running up the numbers with white voters who do not have college degrees. According to the 2020 NBC News Exit Poll of early and election day voters in Pennsylvania, Trump is maintaining his support of non-college whites but losing ground with white voters who have college degrees.

In the 2012 election, there was no education divide among white voters in Pennsylvania. Four years later, Trump won non-college whites handily, with 64 percent of the vote, while breaking even with Hillary Clinton among college-educated whites. This year, the exit poll shows Trump losing the white college graduate vote in Pennsylvania by about 12 points (43 percent to Biden's 55 percent).

 

Attitudes among white Pennsylvania voters divide sharply on the question of whether Trump has the temperament to serve effectively as president. Most college-educated whites say no (60 percent) while a similar share of non-college whites (58 percent) say yes.

 

764d ago / 2:19 AM UTC

Tensions high as Texans await the results of a tight presidential race

HOUSTON — With Texas in play for Democrats for the first time in decades, the mood is tense among dozens of people who’ve crowded onto a patio at Axelrad Beer Garden for an election night watch party.

Serma Malik, 36, just didn’t want to be alone after the crushing disappointment she felt when Trump won four years ago.

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Serma Malik watches results at Axelrad Beer Garden in Houston.Annie Mulligan / for NBC News

“It’s hard for me to even think about what the next four years are going to be like if Trump wins,” said Malik, who was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. “It feels like this election is about who’s welcome in this country, and who isn’t.”

Malik, surrounded Tuesday by close friends and her husband, hasn’t allowed herself to contemplate the possibility that Texas could flip for Biden.

“I’m trying not to set my expectations high so if somehow we flip that will be an exciting surprise,” Malik said. "I felt so burned after the last election four years ago, I just want to prepare myself to be disappointed.”

A moment later, just as the last Texas polling locations closed, an MSNBC anchor announced that the state was still too close to call.

Malik took a deep breath and looked down at her phone.

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People react during an election watch party at Axelrad Beer Garden in Houston.Annie Mulligan / for NBC News
764d 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.  

764d 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. 

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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.

764d 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. 

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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.

764d 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.

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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.” 

764d ago / 1:39 AM UTC
764d 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.

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d ago / 1:28 AM UTC

Ballots on the move to be counted in North Carolina

764d 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. 

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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.

764d 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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764d 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. 

764d 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. 

764d 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.

764d 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.  

764d 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.

764d 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.

764d 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.”

764d ago / 1:06 AM UTC