A number of battleground states are still counting votes, and the presidency and management of the Senate stay inside both social gathering’s attain.

As of Wednesday morning, MeSlop had not projected winners in Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. Alaska was additionally too early to name. In accordance with MeSlop’s projections, Biden has gained 224 electoral votes to Trump’s 213.

Large numbers of mail-in ballots remained uncounted in Democratic strongholds in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania the place Trump at the moment leads the vote rely. Biden took a slender lead in Wisconsin simply earlier than 5 a.m. ET.

With many votes left to rely, right here are 5 takeaways from the 2020 election to date:

Trump prematurely declared victory

Within the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Trump known as for legit vote-counting to be halted, declaring victory with tens of millions of votes excellent in a number of swing states and falsely claiming that Democrats had been making an attempt to “steal the election.”

The second was a chilling menace to democracy. However Trump’s declaration bears no impression on states’ vote counts, with many planning to renew processing absentee ballots later Wednesday morning.

Biden spoke to supporters earlier Wednesday morning in Delaware, telling them that “we consider we’re on monitor to win this election.”

“Maintain the religion guys, we’ll win this,” Biden stated.

Down-ballot Democratic disappointment

Two Democratic Senate challengers, Jaime Harrison in South Carolina and Amy McGrath in Kentucky, raised about $200 million mixed to problem Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. Each had been blown out. Democratic challengers in Iowa and Montana additionally misplaced.

Regardless of record-shattering fundraising numbers throughout the map, Democrats’ hopes of a internet acquire of three seats if Biden wins, or 4 if Trump wins, to provide them a Senate majority had been slipping. These hopes may now depend upon Georgia, the place a minimum of one and doubtlessly two Senate races are headed to runoffs. Ends in Maine and North Carolina — two prime Democratic targets — stay excellent.

Many races had been left to be determined as of Wednesday morning, however Republicans had ousted just a few Democratic Home members whereas defending some seats in key districts, doubtlessly shrinking a Democratic majority that was extensively anticipated to develop.

All about Omaha?

Nebraska and Maine divide their electoral votes up by congressional district. Whereas Trump simply gained Nebraska general, he misplaced the Omaha-based 2nd District — and if Biden reaches 270 electoral votes, that single electoral vote may show decisive.

As of 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Biden led in Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin and Maine (although he trailed in Maine’s 2nd District). If he gained these states, he would have 254 electoral votes — 16 shy of 270.

He trails in North Carolina with a lot of the vote counted there. However Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania all have giant numbers of mail-in ballots left to rely. If Biden had been to win 16 electoral votes from both Georgia or Michigan, he would attain precisely 270 electoral votes — a path to the presidency that would not be attainable with out Nebraska’s 2nd District.

Trumpism is right here to remain

The destiny of Trump’s re-election bid has not but been determined. However Tuesday’s outcomes weren’t the large-scale repudiation that will carry Biden to a landslide victory and pressure Republicans to re-evaluate their social gathering’s strategy.

Democrats’ effort to place three states Trump gained handily in 2016 — Iowa, Ohio and Texas — fell flat. Florida continued to flummox the social gathering. Republicans, in the meantime, had been on monitor to select up Home seats, and fended off quite a lot of severe Senate challenges

Georgia and Arizona seem extra aggressive than they had been in 2016, and it is not but clear whether or not Biden has rebuilt the “blue wall” of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. However 2020 didn’t deliver something near a remaking of the electoral map.

Democrats struggled with Latinos

For months, Democratic organizers and operatives warned that the social gathering was vulnerable to a poor efficiency in Florida’s closely Cuban Miami-Dade County, and that it hadn’t been reaching almost sufficient Latinos within the Rio Grande Valley to show Texas right into a battleground.

These fears proved to be based, as Biden fell nicely wanting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 efficiency in these areas.

Latinos are not a monolith, and the politics of Cubans in Miami, Puerto Ricans in Orlando and Mexicans in South Texas can range extensively. However after falling wanting expectations in a number of key areas — and doing so in opposition to a President who has handled immigrants harshly and mismanaged a pandemic that was disproportionately lethal for Latinos — Democrats should now face laborious truths about their shrinking margins with a fast-growing section of the voters.