Many states will not have complete results on election night, but news organizations will still be able to declare or project winners based on partial results in most states. Networks have said they plan to do so more cautiously than in past elections.
Polls have closed in eight states. We’ll update this page as outlets continue to call states in the presidential race.
Maine and Nebraska do not allocate all of their electoral votes on a statewide winner-take-all basis, which is why individual districts are listed separately.
These organizations, including The New York Times, weigh a range of data before states and races are called for a candidate. That includes poll data in races that are not very competitive, which is why races can be called so early. In closer races, the data includes a detailed analysis of the votes counted and remaining. Each organization may use a different threshold for making projections. The Associated Press, for example, may decide not to call a winner if the margin between the top two candidates is less than 0.5 of a percentage point. Decision makers at NBC News will not project races unless they are at least 99.5 percent confident of the winner.