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2020 US election: Trump wins WV, IN, KY and Biden wins VT, VA


The elections in Georgia and most of Florida – two major battlefield states – ended as an election year like no other year has ended.

Five states – Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia – had their polls closed at 7:00 p.m. EST, along with most of Florida, where the panhandle portion of the state closes at 8:00 p.m.

Donald Trump took in Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia as he expected, and Joe Biden took in Vermont, also expected, and Virginia.

These were the first states convened in the 2020 presidential election where traditional campaigns were hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump won eight votes from Kentucky, five from West Virginia and eleven from Indiana, while Biden got three for Vermont.

A long night is expected and a final result may not be known for a few days as a large number of Americans voted to mail in due to the coronavirus.

Arizona, Iowa, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin are among the states to watch.

The winner of some of these states may not be known for days. The Supreme Court extended the deadlines in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to allow officials there to accept postal ballots, a blow to Republicans.

In particular, President Trump railed against the Pennsylvania decision and threatened legal action in the state against controversial ballot papers.

It is unclear how Trump will win a second term with Florida and Pennsylvania.

It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.

"We believe this is a close race," said Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien on Tuesday evening when he called reporters. “We believe that every voice will play a role. There will be a turnout. We think we are better positioned in this type of campaign. & # 39;

There have been reports of long queues for polls across the country. As long as voters stand in line at the time of the election, they can vote.

Biden refused to tell how the night would go and told reporters outside a community center in Delaware Tuesday that he was "superstitious" when making predictions but remained "hopeful".

"The things that are happening are a good sign for the grassroots who supported me – but we'll see," he said.

But he noted that because of the large number of states, things were "so unsafe".

Donald Trump was recording Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana as he expected when the first polls ended. Trump won eight votes from Kentucky, five from West Virginia and eleven from Indiana

Joe Biden took Vermont, which was expected, and received three votes for the electoral college. He also took Virginia with 13 electoral college votes

Joe Biden took Vermont, which was expected, and received three votes for the electoral college. He also took Virginia with 13 electoral college votes

Trump admitted Tuesday that he wasn't taking it well to lose when he rattled off confusing news about when he expected the election winner to be revealed. He claimed he wanted to know by election night but doubled down on preparing a multiple-state litigation over the results.

Biden left a poignant message on the living room wall of his parents' house that read, "From this house to the White House by the grace of God"

Biden left a poignant message on the wall of the living room of his parents' house that read, "From this house to the White House by the grace of God"

“I am not yet thinking about a concession or acceptance speech. Hopefully we'll just do one of those two, ”Trump told reporters as he visited his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday afternoon while voters across the country lined up to cast their ballots.

"And you know it is easy to win," the President continued. & # 39; Losing is never easy. Not for me, it isn't. & # 39;

The president was escorted for the trip by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, his chief of staff Mark Meadows, and a very well-dressed Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser.

Over the weekend there were reports that Trump was preparing to declare victory tonight before a winner is officially named – but the president denied this, claiming the reports were "false".

Just hours before the polls were closed, Joe Biden spoke to a large crowd of supporters in Philadelphia.

This was the second stop on a tour of two cities in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, when the Democrat plays one final piece for the battlefield state where pollsters and both parties believe the White House race may be won or lost.

On his first stop, he visited his parents' home in Scranton on Tuesday morning, where he left a poignant message on the living room wall.

The Democratic candidate wrote the message "from this House to the White House by the grace of God" along with his signature and the date of the 59th US presidential election.

Biden was then bullied by a large crowd of supporters who had gathered outside for a support demonstration – a far cry from the smaller turnouts at the socially distant rallies he held throughout the campaign season.

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden walks through the crowd outside his parents' home with his grandchildren in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA on election day.

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden walks through the crowd outside his parents' home with his grandchildren in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA on election day.

Biden started election day Tuesday by attending morning mass and visiting his son Beau's grave in Delaware (pictured)

Biden started election day Tuesday by attending morning mass and visiting his son Beau's grave in Delaware (pictured)

President Donald Trump sent mixed messages when he believes the election winner will be known when he told a staff room at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, “Losing is never easy. Not for me it's not & # 39;

President Donald Trump sent mixed messages when he believes the election winner will be known when he told a staff room at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, “Losing is never easy. Not for me it's not & # 39;

Biden made an embarrassing gape during his final pit stop when he introduced his granddaughter Finnegan as his late son Beau Biden, then called her by her cousin's name Natalie, before finally correctly introducing Natalie as Beau's daughter to a crowd of Philadelphia followers.

"This is my son Beau Biden, whom many of you helped elect to the Delaware Senate," he said, putting his arm around Finnegan's shoulder.

Then he continued the slip by calling her Natalie and saying she was Beau's daughter. Natalie, 16, is Beau's daughter, while Finnegan, 20, is actually the daughter of Biden's other son, Hunter.

"This is my granddaughter, Natalie," Biden continued before saying, "No, wait, we got the wrong one."

Then he finally put his arm around Natalie's shoulder, who was standing nearby, and said correctly: "This is Natalie, this is Beau's daughter."

Biden's trip to Scranton came after he began Election Day by attending morning mass and visiting Beau's grave at St. Joseph On's Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Jill and teenage granddaughters Finnegan and Natalie would have.

The family attended brief mass at their local church before visiting the grave of Biden's late son Beau, a war veteran and Attorney General of Delaware, who was buried there after his death in 2015 from brain cancer.

Biden's late first wife, Neilia, and young daughter, Naomi, who both died in a car accident in 1972, are also buried in the cemetery.

Biden and Finnegan crossed their arms and she eventually put her arm around her grandfather as they took a moment for his grave.

Finnegan's message to the American people was visible to all as she wore a face mask with the word "Vote" and what appeared to be black Stuart Weitzman 5050 "Vote" boots, valued at $ 695.

INDIANA

Mike Pence casts his ballot next to Second Lady Karen Pence at the Marion County Clerk office in Indianapolis, Indiana during the US presidential election

Mike Pence casts his ballot next to Second Lady Karen Pence at the Marion County Clerk office in Indianapolis, Indiana during the United States presidential election

Voters wait in line to vote early as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence vote in person at the Marion County Clerk office in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, in the October 23rd presidential election

Voters wait in line to vote early as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence vote in person at the Marion County Clerk office in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, in the October 23rd presidential election

Trump supporters gather in the parking lot of the Regal Greenwood & RPX cinema two days before the 2020 election to drive to a Trump Parade caravan around Interstate 465

Trump supporters gather in the parking lot of the Regal Greenwood & RPX cinema two days before the 2020 elections to ride to a Trump Parade caravan around Interstate 465

A protester dressed as a Handmaids Tale figure outside the Marion County Clerk office where US Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will vote in the US presidential election on October 23

A protester dressed as a Handmaids Tale figure outside the Marion County Clerk office where US Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will vote in the US presidential election on October 23

GEORGIA

Voting rights attorney Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters in the Kirkwood neighborhood near a DeKalb County constituency in Atlanta, Georgia on election day

Voting rights attorney Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters in the Kirkwood neighborhood near a DeKalb County constituency in Atlanta, Georgia on election day

Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Who is running for re-election, gestures on her way to a private jet after a campaign rally at Cobb County International Airport on election day

Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Who is running for re-election, gestures as she breaks out on a private jet after a campaign rally at Cobb County International Airport on election day

An election worker sorts the voting material in the Park Tavern in Atlanta

An election worker sorts the voting material in the Park Tavern in Atlanta

Both Biden and Donald Trump have viewed Pennsylvania as one of the key swing states in the White House race.

Pennsylvania has a significant 20 electoral votes, meaning both Republicans and Democrats – as well as pollsters – believe that the state's outcome could determine the entire race.

There are growing concerns that Trump will declare victory in the state long before the votes are counted, or that he will try to stop the mail-in vote counting after election day.

It is believed that due to Trump's constant rhetoric that the process is "rigged", Democrats are more likely to vote by postal vote.

Trump won the state in 2016 by less than a point over Hillary Clinton. However, the latest polls show that Biden is around 5 points ahead.

Biden visited the state more than any other battlefield state during its election campaign, and Trump has also focused heavily on gathering support in the state.

Nearly 100 million Americans across the country voted early, and now voters must quit on election day.

Biden stepped into Election Day with multiple avenues to victory, while Trump, who was catching up in a number of battlefield states, had a narrower but still feasible path to getting 270 votes for the electoral college.

Control of the Senate is also at stake: Democrats had to win three seats if Biden wanted to take the White House and take control of all of Washington for the first time in a decade.

If Biden loses to Trump, the Democrats can still take control of the Senate if they take four Republican seats.

In the meantime, the house is expected to remain under democratic control.

VIRGINIA

US President Donald Trump speaks as he visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia

US President Donald Trump speaks as he visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia

A voter shows her ID to polling station workers next to a mannequin (L) at a polling station at a fire station in Purcellville, Virginia

A voter shows her ID to polling station workers next to a mannequin (L) at a polling station at a fire station in Purcellville, Virginia

Betty Holland, 76, left, checks in to vote with election officer Dawn Erdman in the South Roanoke ward at Crystal Spring Elementary School on Election Day in Roanoke, Virginia

Betty Holland, 76, left, checks in to vote with election officer Dawn Erdman in the South Roanoke Ward at Crystal Spring Elementary School on Election Day in Roanoke, Virginia

Trump said & # 39; Fox & Friends & # 39; in a call-in interview on Tuesday morning that he would "only declare victory if there is a victory".

During his visit to the suburbs of Washington DC, which was broadcast live on television, Trump told a staff room that the election winner was to be determined on Tuesday and again railed against postal ballots.

"When will we know a winner and should every vote be counted, no matter how long it takes?" A reporter gathered for the short trip across the DC border asked the president.

“Well, I think you may know tonight, depending on the extent of a victory. I think you might know tonight, ”Trump said.

"I think the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling was unfortunate because I think we should know what happened that night," he said. “Let people put their ballots in earlier. But you have to have numbers, you can delay these things for many days and maybe weeks. You can't do that. The whole world is waiting, this country is waiting – but the whole world is waiting. & # 39;

"You have to have a date, and the date happens to be November 3rd," Trump repeated. "And we should have the right to know who won on November 3rd."

"You should put the ballot in earlier, there is no reason why you can't put the ball in a few weeks early, a week early," he said. "I think it's a very dangerous decision for a country to be dangerous in many ways, in many ways."

The president is particularly angry with the swing state of Pennsylvania, which could determine the election result.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Pennsylvania Democrats, who, due to the influx of postal ballot papers that year, introduced a new policy that allowed the state electoral board to count votes received up to three days after election day.

Trump says this is just a cover for Democrats to try to "steal" the elections through fraud.

KENTUCKY

A polling officer speaks to a voter at the polling station of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage on November 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky

A polling officer speaks to a voter at the polling station of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage on November 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky

Voters cast their ballots at Stamping Ground Elementary in Stamping Ground, Kentucky

Voters cast their ballots at Stamping Ground Elementary in Stamping Ground, Kentucky

SOUTH CAROLINA

Voters wait in line to cast ballots outside the Savannah Grove Baptist Church on November 3, 2020 in Effingham, South Carolina

Voters wait in line to cast ballots outside the Savannah Grove Baptist Church on November 3, 2020 in Effingham, South Carolina

Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham reacts after electronically marking his ballot as he votes in the general election on election day at the Corinth-Shiloh Fire Department in Seneca, S.C.

Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham reacts after electronically marking his ballot as he votes in the general election on election day at the Corinth-Shiloh Fire Department in Seneca, S.C.

Voters wait in line to cast ballots at the Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Effingham, South Carolina

Voters wait in line to cast ballots at the Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Effingham, South Carolina

The court also ruled that North Carolina, another swing state – slightly less momentous than Keystone State – has up to eight days after the election to collect and count ballots until Tuesday, November 3rd , were postmarked.

"And a lot of gimmicks, a lot of bad things, happen to ballots when you say," Oh, let's devote days and days and all of a sudden the number of ballots changes. "

Trump has been constantly thinking about how the rest of the election should progress, claiming he would announce the results on election night but promising to start litigation that could hold up the results.

The president predicted that he would win by an even bigger margin than in 2016, but said he will only declare that he won "if there is a win".

"So my last number was 306," Trump said when the Fox & Friends panel asked him how many electoral college votes he earned.

"I ended up with 306, which was good numbers – 223-306," he said of the 2016 result against Hillary Clinton – but the Democratic nominee actually earned 232, not 223.

"And that was a big number," said the president. “And I think we'll top it. I'll leave it at that. I think we will top it. & # 39;

Speaking hoarsely and 45 minutes later than planned after arriving at the White House around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, he expressed confidence that he can win.

According to the Cook Political Report, Trump currently holds likely around 163 electoral college votes from those states that are solid, probable, and slim Republican. If he won all of the votes of the state electoral college that counts as a "roll," his total would rise to 248.

This means he would have to get 58 votes from solid, probable, or lean Democrats to hit the threshold at which he won in 2016.

When asked during the draft interview when Trump was going to declare that he won the election, the president said, "Only if there is a victory."

“I mean, there is no reason to play games. And I think we will get the win, ”he said during his interview where he could be heard but not seen.

"I see a very solid chance of winning in this," he continued. "I don't know what the odds are – I don't know how they rate the odds, but I think we have a very solid chance of winning."

VERMONT

Ragi Patel of Bellows Fall, Vt., Casts her vote as her 8-year-old son Rushi watches at the Bellows Falls polling station

Ragi Patel of Bellows Fall, Vt., Casts her vote as her 8-year-old son Rushi watches at the Bellows Falls polling station

Town clerk Bobbi Brimblecombe (left) and assistant Winnie Valenza (right) process the election on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Marshfield, Vermont. The city set up a drive-through vote with election officials and volunteers working in a heated tent

Town clerk Bobbi Brimblecombe (left) and assistant Winnie Valenza (right) process the election on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Marshfield, Vermont. The city set up a drive-through vote with election officials and volunteers working in a heated tent

Reports came out over the weekend claiming the president had extensively discussed his plans for election night. This also includes the early declaration of victory.

Sunday's Axios report said Trump privately discussed in Delta plans to take the podium on Tuesday and declare that he won before the official electoral college results are released.

Trump denied the claims, saying "No, no, that was a bogus report" on Sunday after landing in North Carolina for his third rally of the day.

The president on Tuesday touted his hectic campaign schedule in the days leading up to election day, which included 14 rallies in three days. And the massive crowds, which regularly include thousands of loyalists, are proof that he will win re-election.

"There was no small event – anywhere, no matter where we went," Trump said of his rallies in the days leading up to the elections.

"I really did six yesterday," he said. “Because he left until two in the morning from the day before. So I got up and did one at 8am. & # 39;

During his rally in Michigan on Monday – the last before election day – Trump told the crowd, "I think we will win everything. I think tomorrow will be one of the greatest victories in history. & # 39;

"This is not the amount of someone who is going to lose the state of Michigan," he said of the state of the rust belt swing. "This isn't the crowd of a runner-up."

Get ready for the most exciting election in history: your hourly guide on what to expect when America chooses between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

2020 election night is unlike any American before – with the presidency in balance and a record number of votes counted in the teeth of the COVID pandemic.

Once the polls are complete, the potential for chaos and crisis will only begin. Here is an hourly guide from DailyMail.com on what to look out for as the US decides whether and who to be Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the White House Senate controls.

All times are EST.

6 p.m.

Initial polls in parts of Indiana and Kentucky will be closed.

19 o'clock

All polls close in Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. The rest of the Indiana and Kentucky polls will be closed. Florida polls, except for those in the Central Time Panhandle, are closing.

WHAT TO SEE

EXIT POLLS: Initial polls on the exit could take place in minutes – but in a pandemic year it's unclear how accurate they will be, with at least 93 million voting ahead of time or by postal vote. A large turnout in Georgia could mean the lines are still outside the polling stations – a problem that weighed on them in the recent election.

7.30 p.m.

All polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia

WHAT TO SEE

NORTH CAROLINA – WON TRUMP 2016

First results will be available within minutes – but they can be very small percentages of the total vote. North Carolina expects about 80 percent of its votes to be counted on election night, starting with personal area code sums and postal ballot papers received by November 2nd. In the hours following the polls, the state will personally report the votes votes on election day. The state allows postal ballot papers to be submitted until November 12th. If so, it may take several days for a final result to be announced.

Polls in North Carolina have repeatedly switched between Trump and Biden. Trump won the state in 2016. An Emerson poll that ended the poll on Oct. 30 shows the candidates are bound. The Real Clear Politics poll average has Trump a tiny 0.5 percent lead. The race in the Senate is just as closely fought. Republican Thom Tillis is hoping to hold out, but Democrat Cal Cunningham rose 2.2% on the latest average despite admitting sexting a woman who was not his wife.

Could it be the end: South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is in the battle of his political life with Jamie Harrison

Könnte es das Ende sein: Der Senator von South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, befindet sich im Kampf seines politischen Lebens mit Jamie Harrison

SOUTH CAROLINA – REPUBLIKANER, DIE EINEN SENATSITZ VERTEIDIGEN

Nicht im Spiel für die Präsidentschaftswahlen – aber ein hart umkämpftes Rennen im Senat könnte die Karriere des Republikaners Lindsey Graham beenden und den Demokraten Jaime Harrison an seine Stelle setzen. Graham war in den drei letzten Umfragen mit drei bis sechs Punkten Vorsprung vorne, aber Harrison hat ihn um zig Millionen Dollar finanziert, und es gab zu wenig Umfragen, um sicherzugehen, dass Graham sicher vorne liegt. Der Staat sagt, er werde von ungefähr anfangen zu berichten

EXIT POLLS: Umfragen zu den Swing-Staaten North Carolina und Ohio sind jetzt zu erwarten. Bidens Kampagne glaubt, dass es Ohio umdrehen kann, obwohl es 2016 um 8,3% zu Trump gegangen ist. Sein republikanischer Gouverneur prognostiziert einen extrem engen Trump-Sieg.

20.00 Uhr

Alle Umfragen schließen in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee und Washington, DC. Die meisten Umfragen schließen in Texas und Michigan . Zentrale Zeitumfragen schließen in Kansas, Nord- und Süddakota. Verbleibende Umfragen, die in Central Time im Panhandle, schließen in Florida.

WAS ZU SEHEN IST

Muss gewinnen: Barack Obama veranstaltete am Montagabend eine Kundgebung in Miami, um die Latino- und Schwarzwähler im Staat zu unterstützen

Muss gewinnen: Barack Obama veranstaltete am Montagabend eine Kundgebung in Miami, um die Latino- und Schwarzwähler im Staat zu unterstützen

FLORIDA – TRUMP GEWONNEN 2016

Die ersten offiziellen Ergebnisse werden innerhalb von Minuten nach Abschluss der Umfragen von Panhandle erwartet – und geben einen Hinweis darauf, wie der mehrjährige Swing-Zustand verlaufen ist. Florida ist es gewohnt, eine große Anzahl von Briefwahlzetteln zu bearbeiten. Frühe Abstimmungszahlen werden ebenfalls schnell bekannt gegeben. These numbers are followed by a personal vote. Aber die Beamten glauben, dass sie am Mittwoch immer noch ins Tageslicht zählen werden.

Biden könnte in diesem Zustand einen frühen Vorsprung haben und sehen, dass er im Laufe der Nacht abnimmt. Er hat nur einen Punkt Vorsprung im Umfragedurchschnitt von Real Clear Politics in Trumps Wahlheimat. Bis 20.30 Uhr sollte ein erheblicher Teil der Ergebnisse Floridas gemeldet werden – der Staat wird also zumindest angeben, ob der eine oder andere Kandidat mit einem Blowout rechnen kann

OHIO – TRUMP GEWONNEN 2016

Erste Ergebnisse konnten bereits um 20 Uhr bekannt gegeben werden. Die Bezirke müssen die Ergebnisse aller Briefwahlzettel, die bis zum Wahltag eingegangen sind, und alle vorzeitigen Abstimmungen bekannt geben. Sie können dann mit der Zählung der am Wahltag abgegebenen Stimmzettel beginnen und diese werden über Nacht aktualisiert. Die Anzahl der ausstehenden Briefwahlzettel wird in der Wahlnacht gemeldet, was bedeutet, dass die Anzahl der Cruncher feststellen kann, ob genügend ausstehende Stimmzettel vorhanden sind, um das Rennen des Präsidenten zu beeinflussen. Stimmzettel mit dem Poststempel 2. November können bis zum 13. November gezählt werden – ein klares Ergebnis kann also mehr als eine Woche dauern

Aktuelle Umfragen in Ohio verschafften Trump einen geringen Vorteil in dem Staat, den er 2016 gegen Clinton gewonnen hatte, den Präsident Barack Obama und Vizepräsident Biden 2008 und 2012 durchgeführt hatten. Der Umfragedurchschnitt von Real Clear Politics zeigt Trump 1,4 Punkte Vorsprung.

ANDERE: Die Associated Press, Reuters und TV-Sender werden wahrscheinlich kurz nach 20 Uhr eine Schnellfeuererklärung der wahrscheinlichen Gewinner in einer Reihe von Staaten veröffentlichen – aber es wird wahrscheinlich nur bereits als sicher republikanisch oder demokratisch angesehen.

20.30 Uhr

Arkansas Umfragen schließen

21.00 Uhr

Alle Umfragen schließen in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Wisconsin und Wyoming. Verbleibende Umfragen schließen in Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota und Texas

WAS ZU SEHEN IST

In trouble: Kelly Loeffler was appointed to the Senate to fill Republican Johnny Isakson's seat but the best she can hope for in current polling is getting through to a January run-off

In trouble: Kelly Loeffler was appointed to the Senate to fill Republican Johnny Isakson's seat but the best she can hope for in current polling is getting through to a January run-off

GEORGIA – TRUMP WON IN 2016, REPUBLICANS DEFENDING TWO SENATE SEATS

Georgia is expected to take about two hours to start reporting results. The state was allowed to start processing mail-in ballots on October 19. Additionally, after court challenges, mail-in ballots had to be returned by the time polls close – not just in the mail. The only exception is for Georgia voters living abroad.

Polls show an extremely tight race with Trump ahead by .2 per cent in the Real Clear Politics polling average . At the peak of Biden's support, in mid-October, he was just 2 points ahead.

But there are two other races which could shape the senate. Republican Kelly Loeffler is running for the seat she was appointed to in a three-way battle: she is up against Republican Dan Collins and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat. Warnock needs 50% for an outright win, or the race goes to a top-two run-off. Polls put him between 34 and 46 per cent, not enough for a knockout, while who between Collins and Loeffler is in second place is unclear.

Unusually, the other Senate seat is also in play, Republican David Perdue is running for anther term and may be in trouble with Democrat Jon Ossoff up 0.7% on average in a formerly safely Republican state. Both Republican incumbents have faced probes into possible insider trading – of which they were cleared – but realistically, both races are likely to become a January runoff which could determine who controls the Senate.

TEXAS – TRUMP WON IN 2016, REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

It is possible that exit polling from Texas will give some indication of the race there as it closes completely. But what happens next is unknown. Texas allowed mail-in votes to be counted before election day, so the Lone Star state is expecting to know those results, as well as in-person voting on election night. Mail-in ballots have until November 4 at 5 p.m. to arrive, so if the state is extremely close, there could be some waiting at the end. The way the results are announced could show a Biden, then Trump swing – with a boost at the end for Biden from the remaining mail-in ballots.

The Real Clear Politics polling average gives Trump a 1.2 point advantage in the historically red state. Two polls – an Emerson and a Quinnipiac survey – from October showed the candidates tied. For most of the race, however, Trump has been more solidly ahead, with a poll here and there showing the state going blue. Officials expect rapid counting and results. In 2016, the winner was declared just after midnight – Trump took the state by nine points. But a close race will slow the Associated Press, Reuters and TV networks' ability to call the race.

In the Senate, John Cornyn is looking for a fourth term as a Republican. He is polling ahead of Trump, averaging 6.8% over M.J. Hegar, the Democratic challenger. If Cornyn lost, it would be a sign that Texas is officially a purple state.

OTHERS: Safe states including New York are likely to be called rapidly from 9pm to 10pm. Biden's numbers will go up more than Trump's at this point thanks to New York's 29 electors, and Illinois' 20. By shortly after 9PM both campaigns are likely to have more than 100 electoral college votes in their column.

10:00PM

Polls close in Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah. Mountain time polls close in Idaho and Oregon.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Campaign: Gabrielle Giffords speaks for her husband Mark Kelly who is beating the Republican appointed senator, Martha McSally, in Arizona polls

Campaign: Gabrielle Giffords speaks for her husband Mark Kelly who is beating the Republican appointed senator, Martha McSally, in Arizona polls

ARIZONA – TRUMP WON IN 2016, REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

The state is anticipating the first precinct reporting numbers by about 10PM. Early and absentee ballots that were cast by the weekend will have been pre-counted and those results will be announced rapidly. Ballots cast on election day are also expected to come in Tuesday night – the state historically counts quickly. But last-minute absentee ballots could take several days to be tabulated with Thursday or Friday thought to be realistic.Biden has been several points ahead of Trump in Arizona polls for months, but a Trafalgar Group survey and a Rasmussen poll showed Trump 3 and 4 points ahead in late October, potentially indicating a narrowing of the race. The Real Clear Politics polling average has Biden 1 point ahead.

Also in play here is the Senate seat to which Martha McSally was appointed: that held by John McCain. Democrat Mark Kelly, a former astronaut married to Gabrielle Giffords, the former Congresswoman left badly injured in a mass shooting, however is consistently ahead in the polls, by an average of 6.2%. Flipping McCain's seat would be a massive blow to Republicans and suggest that Arizona is not just purple but trending blue.

ALABAMA: DEMOCRATS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Alabama says to expect all results on election night.

The ruby-red state's Senate seat went to Doug Jones, a Democrat, in a special election in 2017. Republicans saw their vote collapse when already controversial candidate Roy Moore was hit by allegations of inappropriate conduct with teenage girls, which he denies. Jones won by 1.5% and now faces Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University coach. Limited polling has given the Republican an 11-point lead in October.

MONTANA – REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Not competitive for Trump and Biden but Democratic governor Steve Bullock is running for Senate against Republican incumbent Steve Daines. Polling has been relatively scarce in this tiny state with the three most recent polls all suggesting a close race, with Bullock either behind Daines by three points, tied, or ahead by one.

10:30PM

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

WISCONSIN – TRUMP WON IN 2016

First results will start to be reported by now, with Washington County, which is mostly rural but has some Milwaukee suburbs, likely to be first to fully declare. The last results are expected from heavily-Democratic Milwaukee county by 7am. The Supreme Court prevented ballots arriving after November 2 being counted, meaning a complete count by Wednesday is realistic.

Trump took Wisconsin by just 0.8% in one of the 2016 upsets which cost Clinton the White House. Trump has held repeated rallies there – including in Kenosha on Monday night (right). In recent weeks the state has been one of the worst affected by coronavirus, but Trump has kept coming in the belief that he can repeat the 2016 surprise.  His poll average there has been poor since summer, and it now puts Biden 6.6% up.

11:00PM

Polls close in California and Washington state and Pacific Time polls close in Oregon and Idaho.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

MINNESOTA – CLINTON WON IN 2016, DEMOCRATS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Expect some idea of the direction of Minnesota by now. Minnesota gave itself two weeks to start counting mail-in ballots, so results should come in November 3. Ballots in the state had to be returned by election day, which could also speed up the process.

Polls have never shown Trump in front of Biden, though the president has made a play for the blue state anyway, suggesting its demographics are similar to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which won him the White House in 2016. The Real Clear Politics polling average has Biden ahead by 4.3 points.

Democratic senator Tina Smith is seeking re-election with a challenge from Republican Jason Lewis. She has polled an average of five points clear of the challenger, who had to stop campaigning for much of last week because of emergency hernia surgery.

NEBRASKA – TRUMP WON SINGLE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE IN 2016

Nebraska started counting its mail-in ballots prior to election day and absentee ballots had to be returned by November 3, so the expectation is the results will be out quickly. Nebraska splits its electoral college votes so that each Congressional district has one. Only one is competitive – Nebraska-02 , representing Omaha and its suburbs. It went for Trump by just two points last time and what little polling there has been puts Biden safely ahead by three points – although Democrats believe it could be more. Trump campaigned in Omaha in the hope of keeping the vote because in a narrow fight, it could be crucial. Nebraska is usually relatively quick and all results are due by midnight so look for it to be known by now.

COLORADO: REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Colorado was already mostly mail-in ballots so is expecting to be able to handle the pandemic's effects more easily than some states. Partial results are uploaded come roughly every 90 minutes, so the first should be safely processed by now.

Cory Gardner, the sitting Republican senator, is facing popular former Democratic governor John Hickenlooper. There have been only two polls in October, each putting Hickenlooper up eight or nine points. In a state which was Clinton by 4.9 points in 2016, Gardner has closely associated himself with Trump, which Democrats believe will seal his fate.

OTHERS: Calls will come for the safely Democratic west coast. By now Joe Biden is likely to have more than 200 electoral college votes secured, with California's mammoth 55 key to his big advantage – Trump may be on as few as 104 by this point. Now it is entirely down to the competitive states to see what happens next. Trump's path to re-election might have ended by now, or might be a nail-biter.

MIDNIGHT

Polls close in Alaska (except for those in its Hawaii time zone) and Hawaii

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Reinforcements: Fear of losing Iowa and a Senate seat have sent Donald Trump and Mike Pence to Iowa to campaign with Joni Ernst

Reinforcements: Fear of losing Iowa and a Senate seat have sent Donald Trump and Mike Pence to Iowa to campaign with Joni Ernst

IOWA – TRUMP WON IN 2016, REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Counts relatively quickly and first results should be trickling through by now. Trump has overtaken Biden in recent polling in Iowa, after the Democrat had the lead through most of the fall. The Real Clear Politics polling average has Trump ahead by 1.4 points.

The last four polls had Trump winning in the state. The Des Moines Register survey gave Trump the biggest advantage, beating Biden by 7 – 48 per cent to 41 per cent. However, ballots postmarked by November 2 that arrive by November 9 can be counted too. This could give Biden a boost if the race is tight.

In the Senate Republican Joni Ernst is facing a formidable challenge from Theresa Greenfield. Four out of five polls have put Ernst ahead in October, but only one outside the margin of error, while another said the same for Greenfield.

1AM

Final polls close in Alaska – the voting is over everywhere

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

NEVADA – CLINTON WON IN 2016

Nevada mailed out ballots to every registered voter this year and those ballots just have to be postmarked by November 3 – meaning counting could go on for days. However, mail-in ballots can be counted before election day, so there could be some results reported on November 3. If it's close, ballots being counted later will likely trend toward Biden.

Biden has been consistently ahead of Trump in Nevada polling, with Trump never ahead in a survey for the past year. The Real Clear Politics polling average has the Democrat winning the state by 3.6 points.

All over: Hillary Clinton was declared the loser by 2.29AM on November 9, 2016.

All over: Hillary Clinton was declared the loser by 2.29AM on November 9, 2016.

02:29AM

In 2016, this was when the Associated Press declared Trump had won and Hillary Clinton had lost.

THE UNKNOWNS

MAINE – TRUMP WON ONE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE IN 2016, REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Like Nebraska, Maine splits its electoral college votes, with one for each Congressional district. Maine officials are allowing mail-in ballots to be counted prior to polls closing.

But Maine uses a 'ranked preference' system which means that if one candidate breaks 50 per cent, the result is likely before midnight. But if one does not, ballots go to Augusta for second preferences to be tabulated, which could take it far into Wednesday.

Trump pulled away one Electoral Vote from Hillary Clinton in 2016 thanks to Maine's 2nd Congressional District, in the north of the state. However, all three polls conducted in October showed Biden ahead by around 3 points there.

Republican senator Susan Collins also appears to be deeply vulnerable to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.

Collins, who Trump has not campaigned for, is down by between four and seven points in October's polls and was overwhelmingly outfundraised. She had held her seat with a 37-point advantage in 2014 but Democrats believe she is the most vulnerable Republican senator of all.

All about Michigan: Joe Biden campaigned with Barack Obama in Detroit on Saturday. Democrats are determined not to see a repeat of the 2016 upset

All about Michigan: Joe Biden campaigned with Barack Obama in Detroit on Saturday. Democrats are determined not to see a repeat of the 2016 upset

MICHIGAN -TRUMP WIN IN 2016, DEMOCRATS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT

Michigan's results will be slow to come in as mail-in ballot counting didn't start until November 2. Michigan's secretary of state estimated that it could take until Friday for all the ballots to be counted. The state could trend toward Biden later in the week, as Democrats are more prone to mail their ballots in.

Polling has had Biden ahead in Michigan, one of the three 'blue wall' states Trump won in 2016, for months – however, a late-breaking Trafalgar poll showed Trump up by 2 points. Overall, the Real Clear Politics polling average has Biden ahead by 5.1 points.

Democratic senator Gary Peters is also defending his seat against Republican John James. James, who is black, has been seen as a Republican rising star. But Peters' polling average is ahead by 5.5 points, almost identical to Biden's lead.

Hats all: No state has occupied each campaign more than Pennsylvania - but when the results of their efforts will be known is unknown

Hats all: No state has occupied each campaign more than Pennsylvania – but when the results of their efforts will be known is unknown

PENNSYLVANIA – TRUMP WON IN 2016

Mail-in ballots can't begin being processed in the Keystone State until 7 a.m. on November 3 – meaning a final result could take days. Some Pennsylvania counties also plan to count in-person Election Day votes first – this could give Trump a perceived edge in the state, only for later ballots to move the count toward Biden.

Mail-in ballots postmarked on election day can arrive as late as November 6, further lengthening the process. The counting deadline is November 23 – a whole 20 days after the election – but officials have pointed to Friday as when most Pennsylvanians' votes will be counted.

Pennsylvania polling had given Biden the advantage for months, but several late October surveys show Trump ahead in the state that clinched him his Electoral College win in 2016. The narrowed race has Biden up by 2.9 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.

AND WHERE TO FIND THE CANDIDATES

TRUMP: The president will throw a party at the White House with several hundred supporters – who will all be tested for coronavirus, as the event will be held inside. The Trump campaign promoted an election night shindig at the president's Washington, D.C., hotel, but Trump pointed a finger at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – who in 'phase two' is limiting gatherings to 50 people – as the party pooper. As the White House is federal property, Trump can do whatever he likes.

BIDEN: The Democratic nominee will be in Wilmington, Delaware with his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris on election night. The campaign has yet to release additional details on their plans. Before that, Biden will make one more trip to the Pennsylvania town where he was born, Scranton, and he'll make a stop in Philadelphia, where his campaign offices were based. Harris will make a final election day stop too, in Detroit. As will Dr. Jill Biden, the former VP's wife. She'll be in Tampa and St. Petersburgh, Florida and then head to Wake County, North Carolina. Harris' husband Doug Emhoff will be in Columbus, Ohio.

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America has its say: Huge lines form at the crack of dawn outside polling stations across the country as Election Day voters add to 100 million ballots ALREADY cast

Americans have started casting their Election Day ballots in the bitterly contested presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as polling places opened across the United States.

Long lines started forming well before dawn on Tuesday with polls opening in some eastern states as early as 6am EST.

Those casting their ballots on Election Day will add to the record number of Americans – nearly 100 million – that voted early either in person or by mail.

Some who voted early were motivated not only by concerns about waiting in lines on Election Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic but also by extraordinary levels of enthusiasm after a polarizing campaign.

While there were long lines in many places, in some states lines were shorter – potentially a reflection of the massive early vote.

In Pennsylvania, dozens of voters lined up bundled in jackets and hats on an unseasonably chilly morning. Some voters in suburban Ohio and Michigan braved the cold temperatures as they started lining up outside polling stations before the sun had even risen.

UNION, KENTUCKY: Hundreds of voters wait in line at a polling location at the Larry A Ryle High School in Union

UNION, KENTUCKY: Hundreds of voters wait in line at a polling location at the Larry A Ryle High School in Union

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Voters check in with election officials before receiving their ballots at Ballard High School

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Voters check in with election officials before receiving their ballots at Ballard High School

MARSHFIELD, MASS: Voters braved long lines and cold weather outside a polling station at Marshfield High School

MARSHFIELD, MASS: Voters braved long lines and cold weather outside a polling station at Marshfield High School

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Lines outside this polling station in Houston Texas stretched around the block after opening

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Lines outside this polling station in Houston Texas stretched around the block after opening

In McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, Martin Seylar, a 45-year-old welder who had just finished his shift, said of Trump, his preferred candidate: 'He's a bit of a jerk, and I appreciate that.

'He doesn't get everything that he says done, but the way I see it is he's trying, versus where everybody else blows smoke at us.'

In Detroit, Republican voter Nick Edwards, 26, cast a ballot for Biden but voted for Republican candidates for Congress.

'Honestly, decency in the White House,' Edwards said when asked about his main concern. 'When someone leads the party, they need to hold those values, as well. I don't think Trump encompasses that.'

Biden, the Democratic former vice president who has spent a half century in public life, has held a strong and consistent lead in national opinion polls over the Republican president. But Trump is close enough in several election battleground states that he could piece together the 270 state-by-state Electoral College votes needed to win the election.

The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia.

Definitive national results, however, could take days if the contest is tight.

Results in Florida, where mail-in ballots can be counted before Election Day, are expected to begin to come in relatively quickly on Tuesday night.

But Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin will not begin counting the vast majority of mail ballots until Election Day, raising the possibility of a prolonged vote count that could stretch for several days.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on Election Day

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on Election Day

LOS ANGELES: People wait in line for the vote center to open at the Pantages Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to cast their ballots

LOS ANGELES: People wait in line for the vote center to open at the Pantages Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to cast their ballots

PORTLAND, MAINE: People wait in line to vote in Maine first thing Tuesday morning

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