Trump, Biden race still far from resolution
With almost all polls closed, the race for the presidency is still too close to call. In some cities, results may not be announced until at least later in the day.
Former Vice President Joe Biden had a narrow lead as election day came to a close but President Donald Trump led in key states like Texas and Florida.
Here’s a look at what has happened so far:
Polls start to close in Kentucky and Indiana.
19 electoral college votes in two states.
As polls in both states began to close and disproportionately early vote’s started to surface, Trump opened an early lead in Kentucky and Vice President Mike Pence’s home state, Indiana.
As the hour went on, former Biden began inching closer to a tie in the percentage of votes cast for him in Kentucky but continued to fall behind in Indiana. Both states remained too early to call.
“We are looking really good all over the country. Thank you,” Trump said on Twitter.
Polls close in the rest of Indiana and Kentucky as well as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Vermont.
Polls start to close in Florida and New Hampshire.
93 electoral college votes up for grabs in eight states.
Trump clinched Kentucky while Biden won Vermont, according to the Associated Press.
At the top of the hour, with early results counted in Florida–a battleground state–Trump had a narrow lead over Biden, in the key state that Trump won in the 2016 election.
In Georgia, a second key battleground, Trump also had a lead over the former vice president. He was also ahead in other states like Indiana, Virginia and South Carolina.
By the middle of the hour, Biden narrowly overtook Trump in Georgia and Florida, where the president had declared himself a resident last year.
Polls close in Ohio, North Carolina, and West Virginia.
Polls continue to close in Florida and New Hampshire.
71 electoral college votes in five states.
The Associated Press called Trump for West Virginia and said Biden had won Virginia.
The leader in Florida continued to fluctuate throughout the hour.
In Georgia and Virginia, Biden took a slight lead. He took a stronger lead in Ohio.
As votes started to come in South Carolina–a state where Senator Lindsey Graham sought out a fourth term–Trump had the slight advantage.
Biden asks supporters on Twitter to, “Stay in line.”
Polls close in New Hampshire, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, DC, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Polls begin to close in Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Michigan.
72 electoral votes up for grabs in six states.
Biden won Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey, according to the Associated Press.
Trump won Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, and was ahead in Virginia and Georgia.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, won re-election to the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, according to the Associated Press.
With time running out to vote in the state of Minnesota, Senator Amy Klobuchar takes to Twitter to say, “All you have to do is get in line!!”
Polls close in Arkansas.
Polls continue to close in Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Michigan.
72 electoral college votes in six states.
At the middle of the hour, Trump fell behind in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Hampshire but pulled ahead in Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Virginia.
Republican Governor Phil Scott won re-election in Vermont, according to the Associated Press. Tom Cotton, Republican, wins re-election to the U.S Senate in Arkansas.
Cotton thanked Arkansas on Twitter.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang took to Twitter to say, “What a night this is. The stakes are so high.”
Polls close in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Nebraska and Michigan.
156 electoral college votes in 14 states.
At the top of the hour, Biden was declared the winner in New Mexico and New York, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Trump took Nebraska, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Indiana.
By the middle of the hour, Biden was leading in New Hampshire while Trump stayed on top in Florida, Virginia and Michigan.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican who expressed support for QAnon won a Georgia U.S. House seat, the Associated Press projected.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar also won re-election in Minnesota’s fifth Congressional District.
Late in the hour, with polls about to close in four more states, Biden won Colorado, in a race call made by the Associated Press.
Polls close in Iowa, Nevada, Utah, Montana.
Polls continue to close in Idaho.
25 electoral college votes in five states.
As the hour began, Trump still led Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Virginia.
Biden pulled ahead in North Carolina, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.
The Associated Press said Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was re-elected in New York’s fourteenth Congressional District.
Senator Lindsey Graham secured his fourth term to the U.S Senate from South Carolina, defeating Jaime Harrison, in a closely watched race.
Biden took the lead in Minnesota and Iowa.
Although the AP and other outlets had previously called Virginia for Biden, Trump stayed in the lead.
After half of the hour passed, Trump won Missouri.
Cori Bush was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri’s first Congressional District.
Ilhan Omar celebrated her re-election on Twitter: “We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted.”
Republican Governor Mike Parson won re-election in Missouri and Democratic Governor Roy Cooper won re-election in North Carolina.
As the hour concluded, Biden kept his lead in Minnesota and Iowa and held a narrow lead in Montana.
Democrat Jamaal Bowman won election to the U.S House in New York’s sixteenth Congressional District and Biden won New Hampshire in a race called by the Associated Press, in the last minutes of the hour.
Polls close in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho.
78 electoral votes in four states.
Biden won Oregon and Washington at the top of the hour, according to the Associated Press. He also won California, the home state of his running mate, Kamala Harris.
Trump pulled ahead in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin while Biden led in Arizona, Minnesota and Iowa.
Nebraska’s electoral votes go to Trump, along with Utah, Idaho, Arkansas and Indiana.
After half of the hour passed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she will not comment on election results as they are “evolving and ongoing.”
Trump narrowly took the lead in Iowa towards the end of the hour and Biden advanced ahead of Trump in Virginia.
Biden sat at 209 electoral votes and Trump followed behind him with 118, according to the New York Times. Biden also led the popular vote.
In cities like Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, results may not be announced until tomorrow as they count through an absentee backlog, Reid Wilson, a correspondent for the Hill reported.
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had a relatively slower pace in vote counting in the 2016 election, according to Reuters.
12 A.M. AND LATER
Polls close in Alaska and Hawaii.
7 electoral votes in two states.
The Associated Press reported that Biden won Hawaii and Minnesota. Trump won Ohio. He also won two states that flipped Republican in 2016, Montana and Iowa.
Donald Trump also won Florida, giving him an additional 29 electoral votes.
Biden continued to lead in electoral votes with 213 and Trump stayed behind with 174, but the president was leading in large states like Texas.
Just before 1:00 a.m., Biden spoke to the public in Wilmington, Delaware saying, “We believe we’re on track to win this election.”
He said that results may be known as early as tomorrow morning but noted that it may take longer. “We’re going to have to be patient,” he said.
Biden said the race is not over until every ballot is counted. He also said that he’s “feeling good” about Wisconsin and Michigan.
“I’m grateful to all of my supporters here in Delaware and all across the nation,” Biden said, concluding his statement.
Trump also said he will be making a statement tonight noting, “A big WIN!”
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed,” he said.