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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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758d ago / 4:22 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Kamala Harris viewed favorably by just over half of voters

If elected vice president, Sen. Kamala Harris would be the first woman and the first person of color to serve in that role.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll of those voting early and on Election Day, just over half of voters nationwide — 51 percent — see Harris in a favorable light, while 43 percent have an unfavorable view.

Harris, a former attorney general of California whose father emigrated from Jamaica and whose mother emigrated from India, has been a strong voice on racial equality issues during the campaign. 

Two-thirds of Black and Latino voters said in the exit poll that they have a favorable view of Harris. 

Harris exit poll

White voters were divided, depending on their political party leanings. Eighty-nine percent of white Democratic voters said they had a positive view of Harris, as did 55 percent of white independents. But just 9 percent of white voters in the GOP said the same.

758d ago / 4:10 AM UTC

Lindsey Graham wins re-election in South Carolina, NBC News projects

Image: Sen. Lindsey Graham Holds Election Night Watch Party In Columbia
Supporters celebrate a win for Sen. Lindsey Graham at his election night watch party in Columbia, S.C.Sean Rayford / Getty Images

NBC News projects Lindsey Graham wins re-election in South Carolina. 

Graham, the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, narrowly won a fourth term after a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democrat Jaime Harrison.

Harrison, who is Black, ran on a message of resetting the political conversation that helped him raise an eye-popping $57 million in the final weeks of the campaign, with polls indicating an unusually close race in the red state.

Image: South Carolina Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison Holds Election Night Watch Party
Jaime Harrison speaks to supporters after conceding to his challenger, Sen. Lindsey Graham, on election night in Columbia, S.C.Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images
758d ago / 4:10 AM UTC

GOP Senate wins: Bill Cassidy in Louisiana and Cynthia Lummis in Wyoming

NBC News projects that GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy will be re-elected in Louisiana and former GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis will win her Senate race in Wyoming. 

Cassidy won 63.2 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff election, with 74 percent of the vote in. Lummis won 73 percent of the vote in her race against Democrat Merav Ben-David, with 24 percent of the vote in. 

758d ago / 4:04 AM UTC

GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler will advance to runoff in Georgia Senate race, NBC News projects

NBC News projects GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler will advance to a runoff in the Georgia Senate special election. 

No candidate in the race received more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Loeffler received roughly 28 percent of the vote, beating Republican Rep. Doug Collins, who received 22. 4 percent.

Earlier in the night, NBC News projected that Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to the runoff. Trump did not endorse Loeffler in her race. She was appointed to the seat by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as the successor to Sen. Johnny Isakson, who announced his intention to resign at the end of 2019 for health reasons. 

758d ago / 4:04 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In Minnesota, Biden surges with college-educated white voters

As the presidential candidates look to Minnesota, a state Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016, white college-educated voters are buoying Biden.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters in Minnesota, two-thirds of white college-educated voters casting ballots are voting for the Democratic candidate; just a third are voting for Trump. This is a massive shift compared to 2016, when Trump secured votes of 41 percent of white college-educated voters.

White college-educated women in particular have moved sharply to the left since 2016. Four years ago, Clinton won this group by 15 percentage points — 54 percent cast a ballot for Clinton while 39 percent cast a ballot for Trump. In the 2020 race, Biden leads Trump among white women with a college degree by almost 40 percentage points.

White college-educated men have also shifted decidedly toward the Democratic candidate since 2016. Four years ago, 46 percent voted for Clinton while 45 percent voted for Trump. Now Biden is besting Trump, 55 percent to 40 percent.

758d ago / 4:01 AM UTC

Biden is up overall, Trump leading in more swing states

As of 11 p.m. ET, Biden holds a 192 to 114 edge over Trump in the Electoral College. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

NBC News has projected Biden as the winner in California, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

For Trump, NBC News projects the president as the winner in Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska (still awaiting the separate congressional districts,) Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.

Trump holds leads in swing states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Ohio. Biden holds a lead in Arizona. Because of mail-in ballots, it's tougher to discern the results in the upper Midwest.

758d ago / 3:58 AM UTC

Cars filing into lot at Biden drive-in event

WILMINGTON, Del. — Cars have begun to file into the parking lot at the Biden Election Night drive-in event at the Chase Center on the Riverfront here.

What programming the event will feature, and whether Biden will speak, remain unclear at the moment.

So far the playlist of music blaring to the growing number of cars has included "Come Together" by The Beatles and "I'll be Around" by The Spinners. MSNBC is playing on several large screens adjacent to the stage.

758d ago / 3:55 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Biden outperforming Clinton among union households in Michigan and Wisconsin

In Michigan and Wisconsin, Joe Biden is reversing much of the dip in Democratic union support that hampered Hillary Clinton in 2016. While Clinton carried the union vote in both states, she did so by smaller margins than President Obama in 2012. President Trump’s appeals to disaffected workers were effective in making major inroads with union voters in 2016.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Biden is regaining much of the union support Trump siphoned off in 2016. This year 61 percent of Michigan voters in union households and 63 percent of Wisconsin voters in union households are supporting Biden, the poll found. Trump’s union support in both states has fallen below 40 percent.

Michigan union households exit poll
Wisconsin union exit poll

Michigan union households cite the economy as the issue mattering most to their vote (33 percent). Smaller shares cited the coronavirus pandemic (20 percent), racial inequality (20 percent), health care policy (13 percent) and crime and safety (7 percent). About 1 in 5 Michigan voters (22 percent) belong to a household with at least one labor union member.

758d ago / 3:55 AM UTC

Wall Street whipsaws as election winner remains far from clear

Trading in stock futures was volatile Tuesday night as polling stations across the country closed and started to report their returns, with a winner in the presidential election still far from clear.

Just hours after recording their second-best performance on Election Day, Dow futures fell by around 250 points and then gained about 170 points, as President Donald Trump was predicted to win Sun Belt states and former Vice President Joe Biden was the projected victor in most Northeastern states, according to NBC News.

Futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained as much as 3 percent, and S&P 500 futures were up by almost 2 percent.

Earlier Tuesday, Wall Street was buoyed by investor hopes that a clear winner would be declared in the presidential election and that a fiscal stimulus deal would be swiftly passed, helping the U.S. inch its way toward economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.

758d ago / 3:52 AM UTC

Democrat Dick Durbin re-elected in Illinois Senate race, NBC News projects

NBC News projects Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will be re-elected. 

Durbin won 54.9 percent of the vote, beating his GOP challenger Mark Curran, who received 38.4 percent, NBC News project. As of 10:40 p.m., 40 percent of the vote is in.

This was not a competitive race for Democrats. Illinois has been a reliably blue state for the party. 

758d ago / 3:51 AM UTC

Vote Watch: Twitter takes down network of spam accounts pushing anti-Biden conspiracy theories

Twitter suspended a spam network of about 150 accounts pushing anti-Biden conspiracy theories on Election Day for platform manipulation. 

The tweets broke the site’s rules “on spam and platform manipulation, specifically coordinating with others to engage in or promote violations of the Twitter Rules, including violations of our abusive behavior policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told NBC News. 

The accounts tweeted identical messages and were flagged to Twitter by the Alethea Group, a company that tracks social media manipulation and had been monitoring disinformation operations that were coordinated on the messaging services Discord and WhatsApp. 

"This network was carefully and intentionally built to push particular narratives targeting U.S. political issues and conspiracy theories across both mainstream and fringe platforms,” Alethea Group vice president of analysis Cindy Otis said.

Kaplan said the group “targeted voters in swing states, Spanish-speaking voters, and those on the U.S. right it sees most susceptible to its messaging.” 

The spam accounts were pushing users on mainstream platforms such as Twitter and YouTube “to news sites run by Guo Media” and to “direct users to content on fringe platforms like Parler, to push political content that is primarily anti-Chinese Communist Party, anti-Joe Biden, and pro-Donald Trump,” Kaplan said. Guo Media is run by Guo Wengui, a billionaire who fled China amid accusations of bribery and other crimes. Guo is a close associate of former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon, who was arrested on Guo’s yacht in August

Guo and Bannon have been connected to several anti-Chinese Communist Party disinformation campaigns this year, including one peddling Covid-19 misinformation and another aimed at smearing the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden. Guo and Bannon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

758d ago / 3:50 AM UTC

Utah voters promote Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to state's top job

Utah voters on Tuesday elected GOP Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as chief executive of the state, NBC News projects.

Cox was well on his way to defeating Democrat Chris Peterson, a University of Utah law professor.

Republicans have won every governor's race in Utah since 1984.

758d ago / 3:48 AM UTC

Mnuchin describes feeling inside East Room of White House, where people are watching results

758d ago / 3:48 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In New York, Biden gains among whites, sheds voters of color

NBC News projects that Joe Biden has won New York state’s 29 electoral votes for the Democrats, as has been the case in every presidential election since 1984. But behind Biden’s big win are notable changes in the state’s vote along the basis of race and ethnicity, which mirror shifts nationwide, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters.

Biden narrowly won New York state’s white voters, 50 percent to 48 percent. That’s an improvement over Democrat Hillary Clinton’s performance among whites in New York in 2016, when she lost this group with 45 percent to Trump's 51 percent.

But while Biden has built a commanding lead (79 percent to 20 percent) among the state’s voters of color, that’s actually a 6 percentage point shift away from the Democrats compared to Clinton’s performance (85 percent to 13 percent) among these voters in 2016. 

This development in New York is similar to what the NBC News Exit Poll is finding nationwide: Compared to 2016, Biden is performing slightly better than Clinton among white voters, while Trump is slightly outperforming his previous levels of support with voters of color.

758d ago / 3:41 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Racial unrest in Wisconsin reflected in voter priorities

In Wisconsin, the presidential campaign has unfolded against a backdrop of civil unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, followed by the fatal shooting of two protesters. According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Wisconsin voters tend to agree that recent incidents in which police have killed or injured Black people are a sign of broader problems rather than isolated events.

Black Wisconsin voters were more likely to say that the incidents are signs of a broader problem (64 percent), but most white Wisconsin voters (52 percent) express the same view.

 

Less clear is how heavily this factored into voting decisions. When asked about racism in the U.S., about two-thirds (65 percent) of Wisconsin voters said that it is one of many important problems. Only 12 percent said that racism was the most important problem.

That said, it is clear that this issue deeply affected Black Wisconsin voters. A 41 percent plurality of Black voters in the state cited racial inequality as the issue mattering most to their vote for president, when ranked along with four other issues. 

 

 

758d ago / 3:38 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Nevada voters split between containing the coronavirus and rebuilding the economy

In Nevada, where the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a particularly devastating blow to a state heavily dependent on tourism and hospitality, voters are split on whether to focus on rebuilding the economy or containing the coronavirus, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. The presidential race in the state remained too early to call when polls closed at 10 p.m. ET.

Forty-eight percent of Nevada voters said that “containing the coronavirus” is more important, while 47 percent said it would be better to focus on “rebuilding the economy.” That’s a big difference compared to voters nationwide: 52 percent of Americans say it’s more important to contain the virus; 41 percent say they’d rather focus on rebuilding the economy. 

758d ago / 3:34 AM UTC

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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.

758d ago / 3:34 AM UTC

Black Lives Matter movement draws some Las Vegas voters to the polls

LAS VEGAS — George Floyd’s death motivated Sally Andalon to come out to the polls Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. While Andalon, 21, said she had never cared much for politics or voting, learning more about racial inequalities in policing convinced her that she wanted her voice to be heard. 

“Being a part of the Black Lives Matter movement really made me want to come out,” said Andalon, a first-time voter who cast her ballot in person at a polling site in the Meadows Mall parking lot, in North Central Las Vegas on  Tuesday evening. “I went to the protests in May and marched and that motivated me to be more involved in the political system.” 

Several Las Vegas voters at the Meadows Mall polling location said the issues most important to them this election had to do with racial inequalities in criminal justice. Andalon, like others, said she cast her vote for Democratic candidates, most likely to bring what they say are much-needed reforms. 

“I feel like Trump didn’t really help with the protests or help with calming things down, or at least not as much as he should have” her brother, Julian, said. Also a first-time voter, Julian, 19, said he voted for Joe Biden because he believed he could help improve racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

“Now, we just have to hope for the best,” he said.

758d ago / 3:33 AM UTC

Trump takes the lead in Ohio, other swing states. Biden opens up early lead in Arizona.

Trump is leading in Ohio and Texas, though those races remain too close to call. Additionally, Trump is maintaining a lead in swing states such as North Carolina, Florida and Georgia, which also remain too close to call.

Biden has opened up a lead in Arizona with about 75 percent of the vote in.

Other critical states in the upper Midwest remain too close to call.

As of 10:30 p.m. ET, Biden holds a 98 to 86 Electoral College advantage over Trump. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

758d ago / 3:31 AM UTC

Fulton County, Georgia, results will be stalled

ATLANTA — The Fulton County Registration and Elections Department now says it will continue counting ballots tonight, after officials initially said it would stop counting mail-in ballots at 10:30 p.m., and resume the count Wednesday morning. Fulton is Georgia's most populous county, and includes most of the city of Atlanta.

This means there will be no decisive results for Fulton County on Tuesday night, which will affect when the results for Georgia, overall, are known.

758d ago / 3:30 AM UTC

Biden wins New Hampshire, NBC News projects

NBC News projects that Biden will win New Hampshire — a contested state that was not called until much later in the night during the 2016 election. That year, Clinton won by a narrow margin.

758d ago / 3:28 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Biden is favorite among voters who suffered Covid-19 financial hardship

Amid an economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, 55 percent of voters nationwide say that the coronavirus has caused them a financial hardship — including 17 percent who say it has caused them a severe financial hardship.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, among those most severely affected financially, Joe Biden is the clear favorite: 72 percent of voters who have suffered a severe financial hardship say they are casting a ballot for the Democratic candidate.

Among those voters who have suffered a moderate hardship, 62 percent say they voted for Biden, while 36 percent voted for President Trump.

Financial hardship exit poll

But Trump is favored among those who say they have suffered no economic setbacks due to the coronavirus: 55 percent of these voters chose Trump, while 43 percent cast a ballot for Biden.

Voters of color are among the most likely groups to say they have suffered a severe financial hardship as a result of the pandemic: 21 percent of Black voters say they have suffered a severe hardship, along with 36 percent of Hispanic voters. In contrast, just 12 percent of white voters say they’ve taken a severe financial hit due to the virus.

758d ago / 3:28 AM UTC

Democrat Mark Kelly leading in Arizona Senate race, but too early to call, NBC News projects

NBC News projects that Democrat Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, is leading in the Arizona Senate special election but is it still too early to call. 

Kelly is leading with 55.4 percent of the vote against GOP incumbent Sen. Martha McSally, who received 44.6 percent of the vote, as of 10:20 p.m., with 73 percent of the vote in. 

This is one of the crucial seats for Democrats this election, which would make their path to Senate majority smoother. The Democrats picked up a seat in Colorado but lost a seat in Alabama. 

758d ago / 3:28 AM UTC

Internet outage at Florida election office to delay some voting results

An internet outage hit the office of a central Florida supervisor of elections on Tuesday night shortly before polls closed in the battleground state. 

The office, which is responsible for tabulating ballots cast in Osceola County, is working with the cable and internet provider Spectrum to restore internet service, Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington said. Arrington said that the process of manually uploading the results data from the different polling locations is about halfway done. “It’s going pretty quick and hopefully we’ll be done by midnight,” she said.

Spectrum said that it is trying to resolve the situation. 

“A construction crew unrelated to Spectrum severed a bundle of fiber optic cables in Kissimmee that serves the Supervisor of Elections office,” Spectrum said in a statement. “We have crews onsite working to repair the damage and restore service as quickly as possible.”

The internet outage is expected to delay reporting of results in Osceola County.

“They're actually driving their results to the central location for reporting,” a senior Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency official said in a press call.

758d ago / 3:27 AM UTC

Republicans flip Alabama Senate seat red, dealing blow to Democrats

Republicans gained a crucial seat Tuesday night, with Republican Tommy Tuberville winning the Alabama Senate race, NBC News projects.

This is a blow to Democrats, who won the seat in 2018 with Democrat Doug Jones. Jones was the first Democrat to represent the state in the Senate in 25 years. This pushed the number Democrats need to win Senate majority from three to four after the party flipped a seat in Colorado. 

758d ago / 3:23 AM UTC

Democrats keep control of House, NBC News projects

Democrats keep control of the House, NBC News projects.

The party was expected to hold its majority, which was 232-197 going into the election. The result opens the door for Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to seek another two-year term as speaker.

Democrats gained control of the House in 2018 after running on kitchen table issues, such as healthcare and the economy, and, in part, to the unpopularity of President Trump.

Voters of color and traditionally Republican suburban women were seen as key to the Democrats gaining control of the House. 

Pelosi has vowed to push an ambitious agenda if Democrats retained control, such as providing more healthcare protections to Americans and more coronavirus-related aid. 

758d ago / 3:21 AM UTC
758d ago / 3:17 AM UTC

Biden wins New Mexico, NBC News projects

Biden will win New Mexico, NBC News projects.

As it stands, Biden now holds a 94 to 72 Electoral College advantage over Trump. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

758d ago / 3:15 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Latino voters in Florida shift toward Trump

Latinos constitute 19 percent of the electorate in Florida and, compared to Latinos in other states, their vote has tended to be more evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

An analysis of Latino voting trends in Florida since 2008 suggest that Latinos were moving away from Republican candidates in 2012 and 2016, but have moved back toward Trump this year. According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and election day voters, 47 percent of Latino voters in Florida supported Trump — up 12 percentage points from 2016. 

This pattern seems to be taking place despite the growing number of Puerto Ricans — who lean far more heavily Democratic than Cubans — in Florida’s electorate. Today, nearly 3 out of 10 Latino voters in Florida identify as Puerto Rican. According to the NBC News exit poll of the early and Election Day voters, about a third of Puerto Rican voters in Florida today supported Trump. In comparison, 56 percent of Cuban voters  supported Trump. 

In addition, about 40 percent of Latino voters in Florida identify as neither Puerto Rican nor Cuban. This subset of Florida’s Latino electorate includes Venezuelans, many of whom left Venezuela due to frustrations with the socialist government and consequently tend to support more conservative governments. About 50 percent of these voters supported Trump, slightly less than Cubans but more than Puerto Ricans.

CORRECTION (Nov. 5, 2020, 12:29 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the percentage of Latino voters in Florida. They make up 19 percent of the electorate in the state, not 30 percent.

758d ago / 3:15 AM UTC

As Michigan tallies its vote, Democrats are encouraged by high voter turnout in Detroit

DETROIT — As election workers continue to tally the vote in Michigan two hours after polls closed, Democrats are encouraged by the apparently high voter turnout in Detroit.

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, addressing reporters about an hour after polls closed at 8 p.m. ET, said turnout in the city — fueled by an unprecedented flood of absentee ballots —  appeared to be between 53 and 55 percent. That's as high or even higher than in 2008 when the opportunity to elect Barack Obama as the nation's first Black president energized voters in this overwhelmingly Black city.

It's a big change from four years ago when low turnout in Detroit — just 48 percent — robbed Hillary Clinton of the support she needed to defeat Donald Trump in this crucial state. He won Michigan by 10,704 votes.

Election Day went smoothly in Detroit, Winfrey said, with few problems at voting precincts where only 15 percent of voters cast ballots in person, and with absentee ballot counting happening faster than many feared in the wake of a botched primary election.

By 7:30 p.m., Winfrey said, 120,000 ballots had been tabulated and she predicted that final numbers would be available by Wednesday.

758d ago / 3:13 AM UTC

Georgia special election will go to runoff, NBC News projects

NBC News projects that the Georgia Senate special election will go to runoff as none of the candidates has met the required 50 percent threshold to win the race.

Raphael Warnock, the Democrat in the race, will advance to the runoff. NBC News has not projected which Republican — incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler or Rep. Doug Collins — will face off against Warnock. 

This is one of the most competitive Senate races. Warnock received 28.5 percent of the vote, Loeffler received 28.7 percent and Collings 23.1 percent as of 10 p.m, with 50 percent of the vote in. 

758d ago / 3:10 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Trump and Biden voters sharply divided on questions involving racial justice

Voters in the 2020 election were polarized along racial lines: The NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters found that 4 out of 5 voters for President Trump were white, compared to about half of Joe Biden's voters. Biden voters were more than twice as likely to be people of color as Trump voters were.

Voters race exit poll

 

Voters were also divided on questions involving racial justice. Eighty-seven percent of Biden voters had a favorable view of the Black Lives Matter movement, while just 24 percent of Trump voters agreed. 

And while more than 4 out of 5 Biden voters said they believe the criminal justice treats Black people unfairly, only 1 out of 5 Trump voters said they felt the same. 

758d ago / 3:08 AM UTC

Biden supporters watch the results roll in

Image: TOPSHOT-US-VOTE-FLORIDA
Andy Soberon attends a watch party in Miami on Election Day.Chandan Khanna / AFP - Getty Images
758d ago / 3:06 AM UTC
758d ago / 3:06 AM UTC

NBC News projects Sen. Ben Sasse wins re-election in Nebraska

NBC News projects that Sen. Ben Sasse will win re-election in his Senate race in Nebraska. 

The race was not a competitive race to watch as both parties battle for a Senate majority. However, Sasse has been one of the few Republicans who have attacked President Trump, signaling that Trump may not appeal to as many voters there as he did in 2016. 

NBC News has rated the race for president there as too early to call. 

758d ago / 3:02 AM UTC

New Jersey votes to legalize marijuana, NBC News projects

The state of New Jersey voted to legalize the use and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes Tuesday, NBC News projects.

Voters in the state were asked to decide if recreational marijuana use should become legal for people 21 and older. It was already legal for medical use in the state.

New Jersey was among four states deciding on the legalization of recreational marijuana this Election Day.

758d ago / 2:54 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Gender gap narrows as more men back Biden than supported Clinton in 2016

The gender gap is alive and well but not quite as large as the two prior elections thanks to a notable 8-point increase in male voters’ support for the Democratic candidate.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Joe Biden is polling better among both men and women than Hillary Clinton did four years ago. The increase is particularly large among men, who are breaking about evenly between Biden (49 percent) and President Trump (48 percent). Women are supporting Biden (57 percent) by about 3 points more than they did Clinton (54 percent).

For four decades, support for Democratic presidential candidates has been higher among women than men. This gender gap is one of the most durable features of modern American presidential elections.

 

Gender gap exit poll

While Biden is polling well with men overall, perhaps even more striking is his success with a key subgroup: white suburban men. Nationwide about 40 percent of white suburban men are breaking for Biden this year, which is up from 2012 (34 percent) and 2016 (28 percent). Democratic support among white suburban women, by contrast, has remained stable. 

758d ago / 2:53 AM UTC

Asian markets skittish at open as U.S. election winner remains unclear

Asian stock markets had a skittish start to the day Wednesday, as investors await the result of the U.S. presidential election.

Trader sentiment initially supported a "blue wave" that could lead to swifter economic recovery and approval of a new round of fiscal stimulus, including fresh support for the millions of Americans who are still out of work.

However, election night results show a presidential race that is so far too close to call, with a tightly fought race in many battleground states.

“Markets have taken a step back from the Democratic sweep scenario,” one analyst said.

Read the story here.

758d ago / 2:52 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Trump's support among veterans slides

Trump’s support among veterans declined noticeably this year, from 60 percent in 2016 to 51 percent in 2020, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and election day voters.

Military veterans have long been a strong base of support for Republicans. But Trump’s numerous controversies surrounding the military raised the prospect that some veterans might flip to Biden.

The exit poll shows that to be the case, as the Republican advantage among veterans is smaller than in recent elections.

758d ago / 2:52 AM UTC

Sarah McBride to become first transgender state senator in U.S. history

Sarah McBride has won her Delaware state Senate race, making her poised to become the first and only openly transgender state senator in the U.S. and the country's highest-ranking transgender official.

Image: Transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del
Transgender activist Sarah McBride campaigns in Claymont, Del.Jason Minto / AP

“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 state Senate District. Incumbent Democrat Harris McDowell, who is retiring after 44 years, had endorsed McBride.

The district covers Bellefonte, Claymont and parts of Wilmington, the state’s largest city.

“Tonight, Sarah made history not just for herself but for our entire community,” Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group, said. “This victory, the first of what I expect to be many in her career, shows that any person can achieve their dream, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

758d ago / 2:45 AM UTC

Senate fight at a glance: Dems flip one seat, while Republicans hold on to several incumbent seats

In the state of the battle for the Senate majority, Democrats have flipped one seat while several Republicans in the Senate have sailed to re-election, according to NBC News projections.

Republicans are defending 23 seats and Democrats are defending 12. 

Democrats have maintained four seats: New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Delaware. The party picked up a seat in Colorado, the first flip of the night. 

Despite losing a seat, Republicans have kept eight of their seats red Tuesday night: Kentucky, Texas, South Dakota, Arkansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma and West Virginia. 

758d ago / 2:45 AM UTC

Trump leads in Texas, NBC News projects

With 74 percent of the expected vote in, Trump currently holds a narrow lead in Texas, NBC News projects.

Trump won Texas by nearly 9 points in 2016. He currently trails his 2016 vote total by about 360,000 votes. Biden, meanwhile, has already topped Clinton's 2016 vote total by about 360,000 votes.

With that in mind, Trump still maintains a lead of less than 1 point.

Meanwhile, Biden is leading in New Hampshire, NBC News projects, though that race is also too early to call.

758d ago / 2:43 AM UTC

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

Image: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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.

758d 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. 

758d 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.

758d 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
758d 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.

 

758d 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

758d 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.

758d 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.