The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took the lead in the electoral college for the 2020 presidential elections early on, ahead of President Donald Trump, as the television stations called the eastern states.
Here are the early results of the electoral college after Biden took the lead before Trump, based on reports from CNN, Fox News and Associated Press:
New Jersey (14)
South Carolina (9)
West Virginia (5)
At the time of this report, polling stations in the central time zone had just closed.
The northeast is historically a stronghold of democracy. In 2016, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts voted for Hillary Clinton. In both 2012 and 2008, these northeastern states also voted for former President Barack Obama.
However, in the middle of tonight’s election many states have not yet cast their votes.
According to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight, Biden is also expected to win in California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Washington D.C.
Although Biden is the current frontrunner, Trump is predicted to win in many historically republican states according to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight.
FiveThirtyEight pollsters predict a Trump victory in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
According to FiveThirtyEight, victory in Texas, Iowa and Ohio is also predicted, but with a narrow margin.
There are six swing states to be observed in the 2020 presidential elections: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Each of these states has voted for Trump in 2016. However, data from recent polls predicted that Biden could be on track to win these key states in 2020.
According to the latest New York Times and Sienna College polls, Biden leads Trump in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida. The survey showed an 11-point lead for the former vice president in Wisconsin, followed by a six-point lead in Pennsylvania and Arizona and a three-point lead in Florida.
A survey conducted by CBS/ Change Research found that Biden is also ahead in both Michigan and North Carolina.
The survey, which collected responses from 3,300 voters in Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, found that Biden leads Trump in each state by 2 to 8 percentage points.
Final survey data from FiveThirtyEight also showed Biden to be the national leader, with Pennsylvania predicted to be the most likely state to reach the tipping point. In FiveThirtyEight’s final forecast for the state, the pollster found that Biden Trump leads by about 5 percentage points.