Many states will not have a complete result on election night, but news organizations can still declare or predict a winner based on partial results in most states. The networks said they plan to do so more cautiously than in previous elections.
Polls ended in eight states. We will update this page as the stores continue to call states in presidential race.
Maine and Nebraska do not allocate all of their electoral votes on a statewide basis for all winners, which is why individual counties are listed separately.
These organizations, including The New York Times, weigh a variety of data before states and races are called for a candidate. That includes poll data in non-highly competitive races, which is why the races could be called so early. In the more recent races, the data included a detailed analysis of the number of votes that were counted and the number of votes remaining. Each organization can use a different threshold to make forecasts. For example, the AP news agency may decide not to call the winner if the gap between the top two candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points. Decision makers at NBC News won’t predict races unless they have at least 99.5 percent confidence in a winner.