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Election update: Trump and Biden neck and neck as numbers roll in


Florida is leaning Trump

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The race for the White House remains highly contested on election night, with President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden racking up victories but key swing states are still too close to call.

What are the details?

Biden has been declared the winner in Democratic strongholds including Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, the District of Columbia, and his home state of Delaware, according to Fox News projections. The former vice president is also projected to take New Hampshire, New Jersey, Colorado and the state of Virginia with a total tally of 129 electoral votes midway through the evening.

President Trump has thus far racked up 92 electoral votes, after projected wins in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana and Missouri. But the key swing state of Florida, with its 29 electoral votes in play, appears to be leaning toward the current commander in chief.

USA Today indicates that Trump appears to be leading in Florida with 50.9% to Biden's 48.2% with 89% of precincts reporting. The New York Times' predictive model indicates that the president has a 95% likelihood of winning the state.

But the evening is far from over. Polls in western states remain open and Texas — with its 38 electoral votes up for grabs — has yet to be called.

The New York Times has also called the states of New York, Colorado, and New Mexico for Biden, and called Nebraska and Louisiana for Trump.

Georgia, a major battleground in 2020, will likely not be called Tuesday night due to a water pipe bursting in the absentee-by-mail processing operation in Fulton County.

Anything else?

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has handily defended his seat against challenger Amy McGrath (D), but several other Senate races remain in limbo along with the question of whether the GOP will maintain control of the upper chamber.

Fox News projects that Republicans have lost at least one seat out of the nine toss-up races, after incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner lost to Democrat John Hickenlooper in Colorado.

The New York Times reported that with 72% of precincts reporting in North Carolina, incumbent Republican Thom Tillis was coming in 4 points behind Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, who has thus far won 50% of the vote to Tillis' 46%.

The matchup between Tillis and Cunningham has been one of the most closely watched races in the country, especially after Cunningham admitted to an extramarital affair.

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