Live updates: Trump, Biden claim expected states as polls close
Data: AP; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti/AxiosWe're getting the first results in the presidential election — but no clarity from the battleground states that will determine whether President Trump gets a second term or loses to former Vice President Joe Biden.
The race between President Trump and Joe Biden remains too close to call, despite Trump's false declaration early Wednesday that he has won, as vote counting continues in enough key battleground states that a final result could be delayed for days.
The latest: Trump declared that he'll go to the Supreme Court to push for "all voting to stop," baselessly calling the continued vote count a "fraud" as key states sort through a historically high volume of early and mail ballots driven by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Earlier, Biden declared that "we believe we’re on track to win this election" — without claiming he'd already won, as Trump did.
- Biden said he's "optimistic about this outcome," but that "we’re going to have to be patient ... It ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted."
The big picture: Trump's victories in Florida and Texas, as projected by the Associated Press, ruled out the chance that the presidential race could be resolved quickly.
- The Associated Press declared Biden the winner in Arizona, a crucial pickup that reflects changing demographics and preserves a path for Biden even if Trump holds Pennsylvania.
- Democrats also were looking to reclaim Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as Biden's chances for gains in the southeast appeared to be fading.
- AP projects that Biden has won Nebraska's 2nd congressional district. It's worth one electoral vote, but takes away a district Trump won in 2016 — and keeps open a path by which Biden could lose Pennsylvania and still win the presidency.
- AP has also declared Biden the winner in Minnesota, California, Washington state, Oregon, New Hampshire, Colorado, New York, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Hawaii and his home state of Delaware. He also won at least three of Maine's four electoral votes.
- It has called Ohio, Iowa, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia for Trump.
What we're watching: Tonight's contests also will determine whether Republicans keep the Senate or Democrats take control of both chambers of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won re-election to his Senate seat, per AP.
- Just how big and diverse the turnout is in key states may determine whether we're witnessing a change election, or more of a front-loading of votes in place of in-person, Election Day voting.
The big picture: The coronavirus pandemic has made this election a referendum on Trump's management of a public health and economic crisis that's so far killed 232,000 Americans and infected more than 9.3 million.
- The virus prompted most states to expand their mail-in and early voting options. Early returns suggest we'll reach new records for voter turnout.
- Washington, D.C., and other major cities are on guard for civil unrest.
- Officials have warned it may be days before a winner can be declared.