Updated Nov. 4 at 1:22 a.m. ET
As polls have closed across the United States in this pivotal presidential election, one thing is clear: The conclusion will not be a swift one.
President Trump has secured the swing states of Ohio, Iowa and, crucially, Florida, according to The Associated Press.
Tallying the states that have already been called, Biden holds 223 electoral votes, while Trump has 212, with 103 electoral votes yet to be called. A candidate needs 270 votes to secure the presidency.
Key swing states — including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and Arizona — remain either too close or too early to call. Local officials in Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee have warned that vote counting will stretch well into Wednesday.
Florida was closely watched as votes began to roll in. An early, definitive Trump loss in the Sunshine State would have made the president's path to reelection extremely difficult and would have boosted Democratic hopes for a blue wave and an early night.
That "blue tsunami" scenario was quickly eliminated as the state leaned red, driven by Biden's underperformance with Latino voters. The Democratic party's moonshot hopes for a remarkable blue shift in Texas withered away, too, as the state remained reliably red.
Now, the Trump campaign is feeling confident. So is Biden, who spoke shortly before 1 a.m. ET to say he believed he was "on track" to win the election, citing the votes remaining to be counted in Pennsylvania.
Trump is expected to speak on Wednesday morning, as well. During Biden's speech, the president tweeted a false allegation that Democrats were "trying to STEAL the Election," a post that Twitter soon labeled as potentially misleading. He also tweeted, "A big WIN!"
With several key states still up for grabs, the election could go either way, and it could be days before the final result is known for sure.
Remember: Patience is essential this week.
Three other key themes from this Election Day:
Trump and Biden were watching the election results from their respective residences — Trump at the White House and Biden at his family home in Delaware.
The last U.S. polls closed at 1 a.m. ET when Alaska wrapped up voting.
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