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Biden, Trump score wins, but battlegrounds too early to call

It was too early to call the battlegrounds of Florida and Georgia.
US map with THE ROAD TO 270 lettering and Joe Biden and Donald Trump headshots.
US map with THE ROAD TO 270 lettering and Joe Biden and Donald Trump headshots.(Associated Press)
Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 6:12 PM CST
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(AP) - Polls are closing across the country Tuesday night as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are vying for votes.

President Trump is the projected winner of Iowa and Montana while Joe Biden is the projected winner of Minnesota, according to the Associated Press.

Biden has carried Minnesota, turning back a strong push by President Donald Trump and holding on to a state narrowly won by Democrat Hillary Clinton four years ago. Biden was awarded the state’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday.

Biden made up for his campaign getting a late start in Minnesota compared with Trump, who held several campaign rallies in the state this election cycle. The former vice president took advantage of anti-Trump sentiment and organizing efforts by the state’s Democrats, who stressed COVID-19 and health care issues.

Trump came within 1.5 percentage points of carrying Minnesota in 2016 and made winning the state this time a personal priority. Republicans invested time and money in building a field organization to boost GOP turnout, focusing on conservative rural Minnesota and suburban areas that were once mostly Republican but have become swing territory. The last Republican presidential candidate to capture the state was Richard Nixon in 1972.

Donald Trump is the projected winner of Ohio, according to CNN. CBS News has projected President Trump has won Nebraska.

Democrat Joe Biden has won California, Oregon and Washington state, while President Donald Trump has won Idaho and Utah.

President Donald Trump has won the state of Kansas. The Republican nominee on Tuesday was awarded its six electoral votes. In 2016, Trump coasted to victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton by 20 percentage points in the state.

Democrat Joe Biden has won the state of Colorado. He was awarded its nine electoral votes on Tuesday.

The state, which went for Democrat Hillary Clinton four years ago, has trended sharply to the left since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.

The state also has a competitive Senate race between Republican incumbent Cory Gardner and the state’s former governor John Hickenlooper. Gardner is considered one of the nation’s most vulnerable senators.

Democrat Joe Biden has won the District of Columbia. He was awarded its three electoral votes on Tuesday.

District voters have been allowed to cast presidential ballots since 1964 and have always voted overwhelmingly Democratic. Hillary Clinton’s win in the District over Republican Donald Trump in 2016 was the widest margin ever.

President Donald Trump has won Louisiana, Nebraska, Nebraska’s third Congressional District, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, while Democrat Joe Biden has won New Mexico and New York.

Nebraska, one of two states that divides its electoral votes, has five total electoral votes up for grabs. Trump won the statewide vote, which is good for two electoral votes. He also won the 3rd Congressional District, which nets him a third vote.

Nebraska’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts haven’t yet been called.

Trump nets 20 electoral votes from his wins in Louisiana, Nebraska, Nebraska’s 3rd, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, while Biden takes 34 electoral votes for winning New Mexico and New York.

President Donald Trump has won the state of Arkansas. The Republican nominee on Tuesday was awarded its six electoral votes. Arkansas is a reliably Republican state that hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996.

They were concluding an epic campaign marked by rancor and fear that will influence how the nation confronts a surging pandemic and foundational questions of economic fairness and racial justice.

The night began with predictable victories for each candidate, with Trump taking Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma and Biden winning Massachusetts, his home state of Delaware and Virginia, a former battleground that has become a Democratic stronghold.

The Associated Press has projected Indiana to be a victory for President Trump. It was too early to call the battlegrounds of Florida and Georgia.

President Donald Trump has won Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee, while Democrat Joe Biden has won Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The results were not a surprise. Biden is very strong in the states that went for him, just as Trump is strong in the states he won.

Trump takes 33 electoral votes for winning those four states, while Biden adds 69 electoral votes to his total for winning seven states.

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