WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – The polling stations are closed in around two dozen states in the US and, with the exception of Florida, the US media quickly proclaimed the expected winners on Tuesday evening (local time). Connecticut, Vermont and Virginia were named for the Democrat Joe Biden. US President Donald Trump won South Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky, among others.
There was good news for Trump from Florida. Especially in the densely populated Miami-Dade County, Biden got fewer votes than he expected to win the state. Commentators and US experts assumed that Trump has a good chance of winning Florida over. The Republican is absolutely dependent on the state, his challenger would have other ways to victory.
From the states of the Midwest, which decided the race four years ago, there was initially only preliminary data. Estimating the first numbers is more difficult this year than in previous elections because there are different counting methods in many places. Some counties count postal votes first, others count votes from election day. In the postal votes, the Democrats were predicted to have a lead, in the election day votes the Republicans./cfa/DP/zb