As Tuesday bled into Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were running a tight race. Trump was projected to win some key battleground states such as Florida, Ohio and Texas, while Biden was projected to win New Hampshire and Minnesota. Meanwhile, election officials in three other key states, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona, still have millions of ballots to count.
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NBC News Exit Poll: Biden loses some support from Black men as compared to past Democratic candidates
Support for the Democratic presidential candidate reached a new low among Black men this year, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. Eighty percent of Black men supported Biden, which is slightly down from Clinton’s level of support among Black men in 2016 (82 percent). It is significantly down from Obama’s level of support from Black men in 2012 (87 percent) and 2008 (95 percent).
Support for the Democratic presidential candidate appears to be slipping among Black women as well, but to a much smaller degree. Biden still enjoyed support from more than 9 out of every 10 Black women voters.
There were a few groups that appear to have driven this shift toward Trump among Black men. Over half of Black men (52 percent) who identified as ideologically conservative cast their vote for Trump, and one in three Black men (35 percent) living in the Midwest also voted for Trump.
Also about 26 percent of Black men who had a high school diploma or less supported Trump in 2020. But 22 percent of Black men with bachelor’s degrees, and 20 percent of Black men with advanced degrees also supported Trump. Black men with some college education broke for Biden at levels comparable to those of Black women.
NBC News Exit Poll: Trump support among white voters declining slightly in industrial Midwest
Support for President Trump among white college graduates is generally trending down across the industrial Midwest states formerly known as the "blue wall." According to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters, Trump is winning the support of 43 percent of college-educated white voters in Michigan, which is down from 51 percent in 2016. The pattern is similar in Pennsylvania, though far less pronounced in Wisconsin.
The exit poll indicates that support for Trump has also dropped in this region among white voters who did not graduate college, with the notable exception of Pennsylvania. In the Keystone State, Trump is maintaining his strong support among working-class white voters, carrying nearly two-thirds of their vote this year. In Michigan and Wisconsin, however, Trump’s vote share among white voters who did not graduate college is down by about 5 to 8 percentage points.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan wins Senate race in New Mexico, NBC News projects.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan wins the Senate race in New Mexico, NBC News projects.
This was a race to watch, but one safely in the Democratic column. As of 1:15 a.m., Lujan beat his Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti with 51.4 percent of the vote.
Currently, both sides have flipped one Senate seat, so the status quo hasn't changed.
With Biden's speech done, cars at drive-in rally leave
WILMINGTON, Del. — As quickly as the parking lot at Biden’s campaign headquarters filled up, it emptied out even more quickly.
Moments after Biden finished speaking, cars that had come to the Chase Center on the Riverfront for the drive-in rally departed.
The parking lot is largely empty once again.
The Biden campaign has called a "lid" - meaning there will be no more public appearances by Biden tonight.
Trump wins Texas, NBC News projects
NBC News projects that Trump will win Texas.
There has for months been talk of Texas turning blue, but it didn't happen this year. Trump easily knocked off Clinton there in 2016 and came out the winner again, collecting 38 Electoral College votes — the biggest pot of any battleground state.
Trump now leads Biden 212 to 209 in the Electoral College. It takes 270 votes to win.
California passes Proposition 22, backed by Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft picked up the support of California voters Tuesday, as they passed a measure that allows the app-based, ride-hailing services to classify drivers as independent contractors, NBC News projects.
Proposition 22 will make the companies exempt from a 2019 law, Assembly Bill 5, that greatly narrowed the definition of independent contractors, thus making more workers eligible for benefits such as sick leave, health care and unemployment benefits.
Biden's early morning speech sparks optimism at Wilmington event
WILMINGTON, Del. — As Joe Biden spoke early Wednesday morning, the crowd at his campaign’s drive-in rally at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, in Wilmington, used their cars to let him know of their strong support.
Horns blared as Biden said, “we feel good.” And people cheered as he said “we can know the results as early as tomorrow morning”
After Biden wrapped up his remarks, supporters said they were relieved he spoke publicly about the election results — with many saying they were feeding off his optimism.
“I’m feeling inspired now,” Stephanie Ingram, of Newark, Delaware, said. Asked if she thought Biden would win, Ingram said “I really think he will.”
“Fingers crossed,” she added.
“It was short, it was sweet, it was to the point," said Victor Sloan, a rheumatologist who said he spent eight hours over the weekend canvassing for Biden. "It was exactly what we needed to hear."
NBC News Exit Poll: Trump's projected Florida win driven by voters who say racism, climate change not a problem
President Trump is projected to win Florida with a slightly larger share of the vote than he received in 2016, driven by groups including white Christians, white men, white voters who did not graduate college and rural voters, according to the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters. That's a set of groups similar to those that drove Trump's success in the state four years ago.
On the issues, Trump won support in Florida from voters who do not believe climate change or racism are a problem: Nearly 90 percent of his supporters in Florida said they held each of those views. About 85 percent of voters who said that crime was one of the most important issues shaping their vote also supported Trump. In addition, his win in Florida was propelled by voters who prioritize rebuilding the economy over containing the coronavirus.
A Las Vegas woman convinced her husband to be her voice at the polls
LAS VEGAS — Mira Hernandez paced back and forth outside a north central Las Vegas polling site Tuesday evening, shortly before the polls closed. She wanted to make sure her husband cast his ballot. For two weeks, she’d been asking him to vote.
On Tuesday, she finally got him out to a polling location at Meadows Mall in north central Las Vegas.
Hernandez, 27, immigrated to Las Vegas from Mexico about four years ago and while she is a legal resident, she cannot vote. But her husband, Danny Hernandez, 29, was born in the United States and could vote— he just never had. Danny did not think voting mattered or that it would make any real impact.
“I told him you have to do this for me, for my parents and for our family,” Mira Hernandez said. The couple have 4-year-old twins. She told him his vote for Joe Biden could make a difference for the future of immigration law, her residency status and their lives.
About 25 minutes later, Danny Hernandez walked out of the polling site. His wife grabbed his arm and kissed him on the shoulder. He turned and looked at her.
“Now, let’s just hope it counts,” he said.
Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa wins re-election, NBC News projects
NBC News projects Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa wins re-election.
This was one of the key Senate races of the election that Democrats had hoped to win in the crucial battleground state. Ernst faced a tough re-election battle against Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.
But as of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Ernst won the race with 51.6 percent of the vote, NBC News projects.