Most polls in Florida and Georgia closed at 7 p.m., and could soon offer a first glimpse of where the election is headed in two key battleground states — the first, a must-win for President Trump with 29 electoral votes, is characteristically neck-and-neck down to the wire.
Four other states, including Vermont, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Virginia, with a total of 93 electoral votes when added to Florida and Georgia, were set to close all or some of their polls at 7 p.m.
In Florida, results will soon start posting from early votes in key counties. That includes Miami-Dade County, where Democrats have been fretting about their turnout. There will not be any statewide results until after voting in the Panhandle, part of which is in the Central time zone, is complete at 8 p.m.
Other key counties are Pinellas, in the Tampa Bay area; Seminole, near Orlando, and Duval, home to Jacksonville. Also keep an eye on St. Lucie, which went for former President Barack Obama twice and then swung to Mr. Trump in 2016. And for a look at Republican base turnout, there is Sumter County, home to The Villages retirement community.
The most competitive congressional race in the state is in the 26th District, which stretches from the western Miami suburbs to Key West. But there is also an open seat north of Tampa worth monitoring.
Georgia, a light-red state in 2016 that has become a 2020 tossup, is also the site of two hard-fought Senate contests: the incumbent Republican senator, David Perdue, is fending off a stout challenge from Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to fill a vacant seat, is facing challenges from Representative Doug Collins, a Republican, and the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat.
Both races could result in runoffs next year if the winner does not reach the 50 percent threshold.
Both Florida and Georgia are expected to release their results relatively quickly. Still, a state judge ordered polls in Spalding County, Ga., south of Atlanta, to remain open until 9 p.m. after technical problems slowed balloting earlier in the day.
In a call with reporters late Tuesday, Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign described Florida as a “coin flip,” a description that has fit the state for decades. But Georgia, with its rapidly expanding suburbs, is considered a new test of Mr. Biden’s claim he can expand Hillary Clinton’s 2016 map.
Both candidates and their surrogates blanketed the state during the closing two weeks of the campaign, with trips there from Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama and Senator Kamala Harris, Mr. Biden’s running mate. Mr. Trump staged a big rally in Rome, Ga., over the weekend.
“We win Georgia, we win everything,” Biden said at a drive-in rally in Atlanta last week.
The first polls have closed in Indiana and Kentucky — though polls…