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Election Night in America; FL, NC, NH, OH, PA, VA, Too Early To Call; Standing By For Polls To Close In 14 States. Aired 8-9p ET
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[20:00:00] WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: l That is emerging as critically important state. Pennsylvania closing right now.
And look at all these wins we're projecting for Hillary Clinton right now. She wins her state of Illinois. That's where she was born. Hillary Clinton wins in Illinois with its 20 electoral votes.
A win for Hillary Clinton in New Jersey. Governor Christie is the governor there but Hillary Clinton is the winner in New Jersey with 14 electoral votes. Hillary Clinton wins in New Jersey.
In Massachusetts, another 11 electoral votes, we projects will go to Hillary Clinton. In Massachusetts, another win for Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts.
Let's move to Maryland. Ten electoral votes. We project Hillary Clinton wins in Maryland. She'll carry that state. An important win for Hillary Clinton in the state of Maryland.
More wins for Hillary Clinton coming in right now. In Rhode Island, four electoral votes, Hillary Clinton carries the state of Rhode Island with it's four electoral votes. Delaware, three electoral votes. They will all go to Hillary Clinton another win there. And the District of Columbia, three electoral votes go to Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump also has some projected wins, three specifically. We project he'll carry the state of Oklahoma with seven electoral votes. Donald Trump will carry Tennessee with 11 electoral votes. Donald Trump will also carry Mississippi with six electoral votes.
We have a key race alert right now.
Too close to call -- too early to call I should say in Florida right now. We cannot yet make a projection, 29 electoral votes a stake. Too early the call in Florida.
Too early to call in Pennsylvania with 20 electoral votes. Cannot make a projection in Pennsylvania.
Also in New Hampshire, no projection there. Too early to call in New Hampshire right there. Too early to call in New Hampshire.
We can -- too early to call in those states. Let's get the complete list of all the states where are not yet able to make a projection. Take a look, all these states, too early to call. The 8:00 p.m. closings in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania. No projections there. Too early to call.
Take a look at the electoral map where it stands right now. Hillary Clinton has taken the lead. She has 68 electoral votes compared to Donald Trump's 48 electoral votes. You see 270 are needed to win the White House.
The blue states we projected go to Hillary Clinton. The red states go to Donald Trump. All the yellow states, too early to call. No projection in those states right now.
That is where it stands, the electoral map right now. But, Jake, these states like Florida and North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and Ohio, they will decide presumably what's going on. Your take?
JAKE TAPPER, CNN CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Pennsylvania, we still haven't heard anything out of Pennsylvania. North Carolina, as Democrats were talking about, they were telling Jeff Zeleny the other minute that when it comes to North Carolina, when we circle it here on the board, the North Carolina that they think it is going to go down to the wire and might not even have a call all night.
And, of course, we're looking at Florida, and that could be a race that's decided by one or two percentage points and as we've been saying all night, the Trump campaign and the Republican national committee says there is really no path to the presidency for Donald Trump without the state of Florida and that's why Clinton and Trump have been spending so many days and so many millions of the dollars in that state. One of the things that's most important and John has been talking about this quite a bit is not just southern Florida which tends to be Democratic, especially on the southwest, or northern Florida, the panhandle, which tends to be Republican.
But the I-4 corridor in the center of the state, where there are so many college of educated voters. How they are going to vote? The trend has been for college educated white women to go and support Hillary Clinton at least in early polling.
KING: Dana, you spent a lot of time in Florida over these past many months.
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, and I just want to echo one thing that Jake was talking about with regard to how close Florida is always historically and what Republicans think is a path. I was just talking to a Republican source who says that at this point, the way that they are seeing the modeling, it looks like Donald Trump is more likely lose by a couple of points in Florida.
That is what they are saying. They could always be surprised. Don't have all the votes but that is the expectation in a Republican source I'm talking to. And to your point earlier, Marco Rubio who's running for reelection in
Florida is outperforming Donald Trump big time, in key pockets of the state, but particularly in his home area of Miami-Dade.
TAPPER: But it's very important what Dana just said. There's modeling. There's polling, and then there's the voters.
TAPPER: There's the science and there's the methodology and then there's what people actually do. So, even though --
BASH: And the do is what's happening as we speak.
TAPPER: And even though there are Democrats saying we think we're going win Florida and Republicans saying we think they might win Florida, at the end of the day, nobody knows what's going to happen until the voters actually do it.
BLITZER: We have an update on the voting, the all important voting in those states right now.
[20:05:04] All right. Let's take a look at Florida first. You see Hillary Clinton, she has an almost 80,000 vote lead over Donald Trump with 77 percent of the vote in, 29 electoral votes at stake. Still close, 49.1 for Hillary Clinton, 48 percent for Donald Trump. But she has the lead.
She also has the lead with almost half of the vote in North Carolina, 185,000 plus vote lead over Donald Trump, 52.8 percent for Hillary Clinton, 44.8 percent for Donald Trump, 172,000-vote now changed, 15 electoral votes at stake in North Carolina.
In Ohio, a quarter of the vote is now in. Hillary Clinton is ahead in Ohio as well, 137,000 vote lead over Donald Trump, 53.3 percent to 43.2 percent. Twenty-six percent of the vote is now in, just changed. Her lead has gone up to 153,000, 18 electoral votes at stake in Ohio.
Let's go over to John King at the magic wall. These three states will make a major decision who's going to be the next president of the United States. Let's start with Florida.
JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Almost 80 percent of the vote in Florida, Wolf, and it's very, very close, 48.9 to 48 --
BLITZER: Only 50,000 votes now. It just shrunk a bit.
KING: It did. It shrunk a bit. As you're starting to fill in the map in. And again, when you fill the map in up here, you can expect Donald Trump to make up ground.
The challenge for the Donald Trump is a lot of these smaller counties. When you look at them, you know, not much in that county there, 92 percent of the vote in here and you see, it's not that many votes. So, 6,000 gap there. That is one of the things we're going to watch as we get closer to 100 percent of the vote in is what's missing. In the smaller counties, there is only so much math you can make up.
But let's look at the states as we go through it right now. This is going down to the wire in a nail biter. Osceola County, it's only 1.4 o of the state population but it is in that important I-4 corridor Jake was just talking about.
Jeff Zeleny mentioned earlier, the Clinton people in the age of big data you know what you need. You know how many registered voters. You have an expectation of turnout and you run these computer models and run the lists and turn out your voters. And if you get to a number where you're happy, 63 percent there, let's go back in time, 62 percent.
If you are the Clinton campaign, if you are outperforming President Obama, you think that's enough. Now, Donald Trump is a very unorthodox candidate. Is he going to drive out turnout in these Republican areas is the counterbalance to that. But if you're the Clinton campaign, you want to get your Democrats out, and in most of the places they are doing that, 53 percent of the president four years ago, 53.3 percent for Secretary Clinton.
Now, this is a bit of a down for Secretary Clinton. And this is a swing area. Pinellas County where St. Pete is, 49.8. So, just shy of 50 for Secretary Clinton. The president did a little better here. Some areas she's overperforming. Some areas where she's underperforming.
And then you start to watch, you pull out here right now, let's come back to this year's race. And you're looking not only to what's missing, we have no votes at all up here. This is very conservative territory. Donald Trump is going to run up the numbers here.
But then you want to come down here and we still don't have percentages here. So, this tells us what we have, is the early vote. Most of what we have if not all of what we have here is the early, we have from the precincts, we're not getting percentage reporting yet. And that is a big factor in the sense that what this tells us, we don't know how many because early voting has become so important.
But it tells us there are more votes down here, which is good news for Secretary Clinton.
BLITZER: North Carolina. Hillary Clinton has a lead there in North Carolina as well. Half the vote in North Carolina is now in, John.
KING: As I pull it out, I just want to tell o viewers, when you see me go to the national map because it is shaded doesn't mean it is over there. That's leading. On this map, it's live data feed.
So, you'll states switch back and forth. Just a moment ago, Hillary Clinton was leading in Alabama --
BLITZER: Fifty-one percent of the vote in North Carolina now in. She has a lead, 51.9 percent to 45.7 percent in North Carolina.
KING: So, now, you start looking. When you get above the half-way mark, then you start looking at major population center, how much of the vote is in, is it tracking throughout the night repeatedly? We haven't had any votes in Durham earlier. Again, now, we have some Durham County, 85 percent, remember, 76 percent for the president four years ago, if that percentage holds up, that's what Secretary Clinton needs in a state that is one of the ultimate tug of war states in American politics.
I want to come back to Wake County. Nine-plus percent of the state population, two thirds of the vote in there, she's getting close to 60 percent of the vote to 37 percent. Again, you match it up to try to do the math compared to four years ago where this was such a close state carried by Governor Romney four years ago. Secretary Clinton is doing what she needs here.
So, you're looking for Donald Trump, where can he pull up the vote?
Let's go back and you look at the Romney win and you see all this red down here. Donald Trump needs to run it up along the coast all the way down.
Let's go back in here. Mitt Romney, New Hanover County. This is where Donald Trump, Melania Trump introduced Donald Trump the other day. He had an airport rally here. Smart campaigns know where you got to win.
But at the moment, it's the tiniest of margins. But if this county stays blue, that's a sign the Clinton campaign is not only holding the Democratic areas, but encroaching and taking a few votes. This is what the big swing here in Mecklenburg County. She's at 66 percent.
[20:10:00] But we still have -- that is a low vote total for what's almost 10 percent of the state population. So, we still have more votes to come here.
So if you are the Clinton campaign at 53 percent, you are looking at this. You know it's going to go late. But what's still out there, you are encouraged at the moment. But a lot of smaller areas, you know, 2,000 here, 500 here, maybe 2,000 there. Still potential for Donald Trump as the rural areas fill in.
BLITZER: Yes. She's ahead by 150,000 votes with 53 percent of the vote in, that's significant.
KING: It is significant because it gets harder. Donald Trump again in the big $ population centers, Hillary Clinton is winning and she's winning by some pretty lopsided margins so far. So for Donald Trump, number one, shrink the margins in these major population centers. As the later vote comes in you are hoping they come in from the suburban areas, the farther out areas and run up the vote a little bit.
Number two, in the smaller rural areas that are still out, Donald Trump has to hope for very healthy margins and you go through some of these you see what I'm talking about. You know, only 25 percent of the vote in Stokes County. He's getting 73 percent. Couple of thousand votes here. No votes over here yet. So, it is out there, but if she keeps running up numbers in the big
population centers, simple math, it gets you over the top, because the Democrats are winning where more people live. It is arithmetic at the end, but at the moment, that's a healthy lead. You get 53 percent of the vote in North Carolina. The question is, how fast --
BLITZER: And they are keeping the polls open in Durham at least an extra hour because there were some problems there.
Let's take a look at Ohio.
KING: Blue at the moment. Again if that one stays blue at the end of the night, if we can call it. Remember, it was the day after in 2004 --
BLITZER: By the way, I want to show our viewers in Texas, is blue. That is only because the votes so far released. But she's leading right now in Texas but barely, but that doesn't necessarily mean much.
KING: Barely because it's San Antonio. You have one place reporting early. Watch us throughout the night.
Remember, we haven't called these races. We have different maps and different graphics. If you're looking at this, you're looking at a live data feed. Same for Ohio. We haven't called New Hampshire yet. It's blue at the moment.
But Ohio, excuse me, if Ohio stays blue, Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States. That's simple. But we're early. We only up to 27 percent of the vote there.
And you see that looks like a big swing but you don't know what's out. So, you go through this at the moment, we did not have any votes out of Cleveland area, Cuyahoga County earlier. And this is 32 percent of the vote, 68-29, you round it up, 69-30. So it's a matching right now, it's a matching 2012. This ended 2012 with the narrow Obama victory.
BLITZER: That's right. Obama carried Ohio twice.
KING: Carried Ohio twice.
So, if you're the Clinton campaign, you like these numbers. You're waiting to see another key place is down here. Hamilton County used to be Republican, used to be a Republican area, but the Democrats are made up a lot of ground here in recent years. This is just early vote because we don't have a percentage right there. So we'll wait and see if this stays like that.
But if Hamilton County is blue at the end of the night, in a presidential race, it's usually good for the Democrats as well. One of the questions was, would Donald Trump cut in to the Democratic support in places like Akron? You just associate that workers, you get the margin right here.
BLITZER: John, I want to go to Florida right now, because, what, 85 percent of the vote in Florida is in. Look at this, 3,876,000, 3,860, only about 15,000 or 16,000 votes separate the candidates in Florida with 85 percent of the vote in. Her lead once again has shrunk.
KING: Has shrunk and again what filled in? Some more areas up here filled in. Last time we were, we had a big opening up here. Now, we have a smaller opening here and you get --
BLITZER: It's just changed again. It's only 11,000 vote lead. Just now, a change.
KING: Math on your feet. I like this, Wolf. We have a living abacus right here. As we go through.
But as you watch it fill in, it gets important to start going up in these counties and say, you know, we don't have a lot of votes here still. So, there's votes to be made up for Donald Trump as you do this, and as you go through. That's what I mean about this, you're seeing a live data feed into the wall. So it will change as we're talking. Trump is doing what he needs to do in the rural areas.
BLITZER: Take a look at Florida. All of a sudden, take a look at Florida right now. You see with 85 percent of the vote in, Hillary Clinton is now in second place. Donald Trump has taken the lead in Florida, he's got 3,900,000 -- 3,900,029. Look at how close it is, 700 votes or so separate these two candidates. Donald Trump all of a sudden has taken the lead in Florida.
KING: Seven hundred and forty votes there. You remember a campaign long ago, 546 votes.
BLITZER: That would be 2000.
KING: That's what Florida. I mean, North Carolina are battleground states and why we have to count deep into the night, 86 percent and you start asking yourself what am I missing?
And significantly, remember, the last time I went to Pinellas County here, Hillary Clinton was leading, Donald Trump has pulled ahead. Now, you think 48.3, 47.9, does that make a difference? It sure does when the margin in the state is inside of a thousand votes. Winning a county like this where you have a population center, it sure does.
So, you have a tug of war here. This is interesting because earlier today, a Democrat who's organizing down here said they got out the early vote, they felt very encouraged but then they saw the lines at the polls this morning --
[20:15:04] BLITZER: Trump right now is 918 votes ahead. Almost what? Eight million people have been counted and he's got a lead of just under a thousand votes.
KING: Eighty-six percent.
So, we're going to look here. Let's go down. I want to go down and look at Collier County, 92 percent. This is where you look when the race is this close. What are we missing? So, you're missing 8 percent here but they are getting there, right?
So, you got most of the vote counts there. So come over here and get 80 percent here.
BLITZER: Take a look at this. She has now taken the lead once again. Hillary Clinton is now in the lead. It's going to update in a second. We're watching this very closely. You can see right there, Hillary Clinton has the lead, she's got 3,972,000, 3,968,000 -- a 4,000 vote lead.
KING: And that's -- look, this is -- we're going rock and roll with this for a while. Let's go through. Here is an encouraging sign for Secretary Clinton. She just pulled into the lead. We've had a seesaw in the two or three minutes --
BLITZER: Now 3,000 --
KING: But they're only 25 percent of the vote in Palm Beach County, she's winning 60/40, 59-39 there.
So, if you are the Clinton, you're watching this seesaw you know there are a lot of votes missing from here.
Let's go down to Broward County. We don't have the percentages here. So, that tells me this is early vote what that tell me. And we'll get more votes and that percentage will jump up very quickly. It doesn't zero percent obviously, just means when they dump in the early vote, they don't give us a percentage. Miami-Dade up to 80 percent.
So, there is more votes here. She's winning big.
BLITZER: She's 1,600 votes ahead right now.
KING: Reasonable to expect she'll get more votes out of here. The challenge for Trump, in the areas that are red, what's missing? This is an interesting one for me. I've been watching this all night, because Duval County. This is where Donald Trump had a rally the other day. The president of the United States came in after him.
Duval County is Republican area. Trump is up right now, 49-47, but when President Obama won narrowly four years ago, he lost this country by three points. Sometimes it is about the margins.
The blue and red you think Democrat/Republican, but the margins within these large counties can make a big difference and the President Obama came within three points in Duval County. They were happy with that four years ago, because they knew they were going to get the votes in the Miami-Dade and the other.
So, if Hillary Clinton is this close in Duval County that is actually -- she can lose -- is the if she's losing this county by that, she's fine with that. The question is can she keep the margin from getting any bigger and that is the math you start getting into at 87 percent like this and you are in a seesaw of less than a thousand votes there.
BLITZER: Standby. We're watching, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and other battleground states throughout the night in election night in America.
We're going to show you the results in a very unique way on one of the world's most famous landmarks. The Empire State Building in New York City. Take a look at our running tally of the electoral vote, built with CA Technologies.
Right now, Hillary Clinton has 68 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. Donald Trump has 48.
This night is all about your vote. You are looking at pictures from many of the millions of Americans who already have made their choice for president. They posted these photos on Instagram with the hashtag, #myvote.
Right now, we're counting down to the next round of poll closings, including results from New York, the hope base of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
We'll have much more results right after the break.
[20:20:57] KING: Get another check of the electoral vote count so far. It's lighting up the Empire State Building, right at the heart of New York City. Hillary Clinton right now with 68 electoral votes of the 270 needed to win. Donald Trump with 48.
We're counting down to another poll closing and another chance to make a projection in the presidential race. Right now, here is a key race alert.
All right. Take a look here -- Florida, we'll start with Florida, 88 percent of the vote is in. Look at how close it is, 48.5 percent to 48.4 percent. Donald Trump has now taken the lead. Donald Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton by 8,071 votes, 29 electoral votes are at stake in Florida. 88 percent of the vote is in. Donald Trump has now taken an 8,000 plus vote lead.
In North Carolina more than half of the vote is in. Hillary Clinton maintains a steadily lead of nearly 150,000 votes over Donald Trump, 51.7 percent to 45.8 percent, 15 electoral votes at stake in North Carolina.
In Ohio, almost a third is in. Hillary Clinton maintains her lead of about 120,000 votes over Donald Trump, 18 electoral votes are at stake in Ohio right now.
Let's take a look at this. You see Hillary Clinton with 68 electoral votes to Donald Trump's 48. You need 270 to win the White House.
Remember the blue states, those are states we've projected that Hillary Clinton will win. The red states, those are states we've projected Donald Trump will win. You see all those yellow states over there, those are states where it is too early to call. We have not yet been able to make a projection in those states and you see all of those states, including Florida, where Donald Trump has just pulled ahead.
Let's go and show the votes right now. Look at this -- Florida, 88 percent of the vote is in. Donald Trump's lead has grown, almost 14,000 over Hillary Clinton, 48.6 percent to 48.4 percent. Donald Trump has a slight lead over Hillary Clinton in Florida.
And, John, 88 percent of the vote is in, 12 percent outstanding. So, this is -- this is a significant number right now.
KING: Yes. And we're -- again this is going to be seesaw.
BLITZER: It's a nail biter.
KING: Hang out for a while, brew some espresso.
Just early, when you move over there, just going around and looking and part of this is because Donald Trump starting run up here in these counties, and still a lot of votes to be counted. These are the quick early vote, deposits coming in, and Donald Trump running up by big margins up here in the conservative part of the state, which is exactly what he needs to do.
Down here in the southwest corner of the state, these Republican territory, 76 percent of the vote in. That's when one of the things when you get close to 88, 90 percent statewide, you are going county by county and saying what's left for Donald Trump to get? And what's left for Hillary Clinton to get? Lee County, he's running up the score but there is nothing more.
And so, that's when you when -- when you're trying to get 88 to 100, now, at 89 percent, if you are in the Clinton campaign, you are down a little big right now, but here's what's encouraging to you, if you look at Palm Beach County, she's rounded it up quite big right here, and they still had 75 --
BLITZER: Only 25 percent of the vote is in.
KING: So, if the margin stays anything like that, there's a lot more math to be added in the Hillary Clinton column. Move down to Broward County, as we come in here in the middle, we still post to zero here. It's obviously not zero. We have a lot of votes in here. You get the early vote count release and only when they start counting the live votes that we get a sense of what the percentage is.
So, we don't know. We assume there are more votes here, but we don't know the answer to that question in Broward County. Miami-Dade, they are almost done but there is 20 percent more in a major population center. So, that's a big chunk of votes. If that margin stays the same, this 20 percent comes in --
BLITZER: Those three counties alone, those three counties, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County, they have, what, more than 30 percent of the population of the entire state.
KING: That's right. You just go through right here and look, 7 percent in Palm Beach County, almost 10 percent there, 16 plus. Miami Dade, so there you go. You're about 30 percent right there as you.
And they are big Democratic areas and again, there are still votes out. So you start looking at other areas. I looked up here a little bit. In terms of Clinton has what she's going to get out of Orange County here, 97 percent of the vote count there.
[20:25:06] So, if you are going through matching up these counties, what's left to count?
BLITZER: So, stand by for a second. I want to quickly go to Dana.
You've got two major projections in the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
BASH: That's right, Wolf. First the first Democratic pick up in the Senate of the evening. You see there, Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic challenger, CNN can project that she will beat the incumbent Republican Mark Kirk. This is a seat that Republicans frankly gave up a while ago. They new that Tammy Duckworth, especially in a presidential year and a blue state, was very likely to win. And CNN can project that that's happened.
Now let's go to the state of Florida. Very close to the presidential level, but on the Senate level, CNN can project that Marco Rubio will go on to win another term in the U.S. Senate, defeating his Democratic challenger Patrick Murray. This was not a seat that Rubio wanted. He said he was going to retire until a lot of bigwigs came in and convinced him to reconsider and looks like he'll go on to win reelection.
Now, let's look at some other wins that CNN can project this evening. Richard Blumenthal, the incumbent Democrat in Connecticut, CNN can project that he will win another term, defeating his Republican challenger Dan Carter. Now in the state of Maryland, CNN can project that Chris Van Hollen will beat his Republican challenger Kathy Szeliga. This was an open Democratic seat, so it stays in the blue column.
Then in Oklahoma, James Lankford, CNN can project there, he will win reelection, defeating his Democratic challenger Mike Workman.
Now, let's look at some of the key races that we're watching that will determine the balance of power. New Hampshire, the polls have close there within the last hour. The Democratic challenger right now is ahead of the incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan, just a little under 6,000 votes in. So, we're going to be watching that closely.
And then, also North Carolina, Deborah Ross is the Democratic challenger, she has a significant lead right now against the incumbent Republican Richard Burr. She is hoping to unseat him and Democrats are hoping that will be another one in their column in their quest to take back the Senate.
Now, let's look at what all of this means, Jake, for the balance. At this hour, you see there, on the big board, Democrats have 40 seats. Republicans have 35, 25 left to call. But the big news during this hour is the fact that Democrats have their very first pick up in the state of Illinois. So what that means is they would need four more pickup, holding all the rest in order to become the majority again in the U.S. Senate.
TAPPER: This was the one that we knew the Democrats would get in Illinois and then we also suspected that Rubio in Florida and Portman in Ohio would be able to hold on to their seats. Now, we look at the real races and find out what happens in these ones that we have no idea what's going to happen, Wolf.
BLITZER: Yes but it could be very, very close in the key battleground states. As you point out, the Democrats need a net gain of five, unless they win the White House, then they need a net gain of four.
We have a key race alert right now. In Florida right now, 29 electoral votes are at stake, 91 percent of the vote is in and Donald Trump is building up a sort of impressive lead, 63,297 votes. Donald Trump has a lead over Hillary Clinton in Florida with 91 percent of the vote in, 48.8 percent to 48.1 percent.
Fifty-six percent of the vote in North Carolina is in. Hillary Clinton has an impressive lead of 131,000 over Donald Trump, 15 electoral votes at stake in North Carolina.
In Ohio, 31 percent of the vote is in. Hillary Clinton has lead of almost 100,000 votes over Donald Trump in Ohio. 18 electoral votes at stake in Ohio right now. We've got more.
In Virginia 45 percent, almost half of the vote, is in. Donald Trump has an impressive lead over Hillary Clinton in Virginia, 130,000 lead in fact over Hillary Clinton, 13 electoral votes are at stake in Virginia.
More numbers coming in, more results coming in: 9 percent of the vote in Georgia is in. Donald Trump has an impressive lead of 169,000 plus over Hillary Clinton. In New Hampshire, only 7 percent of the vote is in, but Hillary Clinton's lead is 5,700 over Donald Trump, 53 percent to 41.8 percent.
Michigan, they are going to be closing the polls but we've got some numbers so far. Hillary Clinton with a 20,000-vote lead over Donald Trump. Six percent of the vote is in in Michigan and in Texas they will be closing the polls soon but 46 percent of the vote has been released.
Hillary Clinton, look at this, has a 56,000-vote lead over Donald Trump with almost half of the vote in, in Texas right now. There you see right now.
We have more projections to make right now.
Two more wins for Donald Trump. CNN projects Donald Trump will win the state of South Carolina with its nine electoral votes. Another win for Donald Trump in South Carolina. Donald Trump will also win Alabama with its nine electoral votes. Donald Trump the winner in Alabama and South Carolina. Two important wins for Donald Trump.
We have a key race alert right now. The polls in Arkansas are just closed. Too early to call in the state of Arkansas, Bill Clinton's home state. Hillary Clinton was the first lady of Arkansas. Too early to call in Arkansas, 6 electoral votes right now.
Let's take a look at the Electoral College map and see where it stands right now with the latest wins. Look at how close it is, 68 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton, 66 for Donald Trump. You need 270 to win the White House. Let me remind you the red states we've projected Donald Trump will win. The blue states we've projected Hillary Clinton will win. The yellow states too early to call. No projection yet in those states.
Jake, this is a nail-biter in several of these state, it's been going back and forth, up and down.
TAPPER: Florida, especially Donald Trump with something like a 60,000 vote lead right now. But there are still lots of outstanding votes in Broward County and in Palm Beach County, the southeastern part of Florida where there are a lot of Democratic votes and still is -- as we've always said this is going to be a very tight race in some of these states and in Florida really I have no idea what's going to happen. Republicans and Democrats still anticipate Hillary Clinton could edge it out but at the end of the day who knows.
BLITZER: And Dana, Donald Trump really needs to win Florida if he's going to have a major shot. You could do it in ore ways but Florida so important.
BASH: That's right. Look, it's important for him just emotionally and symbolically because he feels it is a second home because of Mar- a-Lago and other places that he has there. But also much more importantly mathematically it is very, very hard for him to get the keys to the White House without going through Florida first. And as you said the counties that are out do seem to be more Democratic than ones we have already in that chose Donald Trump slightly ahead, but I have to say it was just communicating with some Republicans saying well can't say we aren't getting the vote out.
BASH: It certainly looks like they did.
TAPPER: Yeah, although we should point out, again we've already call Florida for Marco Rubio.
TAPPER: I mean so ...
BLITZER: The Senate candidate.
TAPPER: The Senate candidate there. So he was running significantly ahead of Donald Trump, but it's interesting one of the subtexts of this night is how did Republican Senate -- Senate candidates deal with Donald Trump. Mark Kirk in Illinois, he announced -- he was the first Republican in the Senate to say he was not going to endorse Donald Trump. I think he said he was going to write in General McChrystal, he got decimated in that very blue state.
Marco Rubio trying to keep at arms length but he did say he was going to vote for Donald Trump and he tried to challenge his Democratic opponent, do you think Hillary Clinton is trustworthy? Do you support her and apparently his argument won the day.
BASH: And can I just point out one bit of irony. Marco Rubio's presidential race ended because Donald Trump trounced him ...
TAPPER: Kill them.
BASH: ... in Florida during the presidential primary. And now here we have Marco Rubio being convinced to run for reelection, we project that he's winning and Donald Trump is fighting for the broader electorate.
BLITZER: Originally said he wasn't going to run for reelection, he decided to run for reelection.
TAPPER: Four months ago, that ...
BLITZER: John, let's take a look at the state of Florida right now, because Hillary Clinton was ahead. Donald Trump was ahead. They're going back and forth. There are still votes outstanding, but take a look at this, 91 percent of the vote has now been counted. I'm impressed that Florida counts its vote so quickly. Almost 10 -- what 9 million votes. Look at this, look at this 48.9 percent, 48.1 percent. Look at the small lead over there for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He's ahead by only what the -- or what 77,000 votes. That's a significant number.
KING: That's a significant number and then again, you know, as I said earlier we're going to keep looking. I was just e-mailing when you were walking over with the Democrats and Republicans in Florida asking what they know on the ground and they are where we are now just counting votes, except but just -- you start going through this when you get up this far you start saying what's missing. And you still have half of the votes in Palm Beach County to come in and Hillary Clinton has a big healthy lead there. There's no guarantee, zero guarantee she keeps that spread but if she keeps anything like that spread she's, you know, what now almost 90,000 votes up there, if the other half comes in, and she'll pick up -- if she picks up some are they a ballpark of 80,000 votes when the other half comes in that is significant given how close this race is.
And so, one of the most significant issues in Florida now as we get up to 91 percent statewide and I'm going to keep checking because it can change on the fly as we go through this is what's missing and there is a lot of votes missing in that Democratic stronghold. A lot of votes missing here. We don't have the exact number yet. Broward County turnout, we are told expected to be up from 2012. These are the early votes and there's always one county in any state that's a little low to count. We'll wait to see, we get more votes ...
BLITZER: This votes well for Hillary Clinton.
KING: The expectation is -- we don't have the exact percentage, but the expectation is she's winning big and unless there is a dramatic change in the results she's going to get more votes there.
[20:35:04] And come down to Miami-Dade, they are almost done here. But in a big populous county like this, 9 percent or 10 percent the vote can make a difference. So, if you're looking at the map right now you're trying to think are there places on this map where Donald Trump can make up what's still to come? And again he's ahead by a very slight margin at the moment, there is every reason to expect Hillary Clinton will make up that margin and more down here.
And so then the question is where do you look for Donald Trump? So let's go through, I'm picking this counties randomly, well here's one only as 32 percent, the vote again is not a lot of votes, it's less populated, but that's the key in these states. In just about every state we're going to through in this battleground states, you see a lot of red, those are smaller rural counties.
So the questions is how many can you get? There are the 100 percent here, Citrus County, that's bad for Donald Trump. You come over here, there are only at 32 percent at Marion County, so there are more votes to get. Are there enough? Are they enough of this rural counties? This one is at 100 percent. You come through here, they are at 96 percent. You move up here, at 97 percent. So after a while you start thinking if all of this -- if most of these counties -- let's just keep picking them randomly to see. 100 percent, at 45 percent, so at some of this counties very small, the question is, when your getting 100 votes here, 500 votes here, 700 votes there, can you make up for this, and that's always the challenge for Republican at the state like Florida, because when you get down here.
I just want to come back to Miami-Dade and check it, this is where your talking about tens of thousands of votes when their percentage number moves up your talking about tens of thousands of votes, not hundreds of votes. And so if you're looking at this map right now at 91 percent, your crossing them a little bit the Clinton campaign, but you think you get enough down here still on the bank to get you over the finish line, but that's by no means guarantee, because we're going to have to go through all these small rural counties.
BLITZER: He's 84,000 votes ahead right now.
KING: Right. 84,000 ahead right now.
BLITZER: Counties in the south there are still a lot of votes outstanding.
KING: You can get those right here. You could get those right here in Palm Beach County. The combination of Palm Beach, Broward and what's left in Miami-Dade to be counted, is more than enough. The question is what else is still left out there. And again when you start to pick, you know, this is a large that is Republic -- joint 2 percent of state population, but it's all Republican. Donald Trump is winning at big, that's 95 percent in.
We come over here, Lee County, there's -- here's a place for Donald Trump could do some business ...
BLITZER: Take a look -- let's go to North Carolina and Virginia. Donald Trump by the way in Virginia, Donald Trump is ahead. Let's go to Virginia first.
KING: Right, you look at Virginia. I've been watching this one repeatedly because Donald Trump is ahead, and just a cautionary note. Again this is more competitive than we thought Virginia was going to be at least for a lot people thought Virginia was going to be.
So here is the big issue, Donald Trump is doing exactly what he needs to do out here. These are you smaller rural areas, Pulaski County 68 percent, 69 percent, 79 percent. Donald Trump is doing exactly what he needs to do out in rural. But the problem for -- the issue is what's here? Only 15 percent in Loudoun County. Secretary Clinton running it up. This is where your population is said is coming close in the Washington D.C., only 27 percent of the vote county -- Fairfax County. Again look at the margin there, going to Fairfax city and pull that out, only 43 percent of the vote counted there, that's a very low number there. So we're waiting for a lot more votes out Fairfax.
Want to move over here. You come down here and some of the swing counties that you look at. Hillary Clinton -- this is a comeback for Donald Trump. When we looked earlier tonight and we're only at 16 percent of Prince William County. He was way down in Prince William County where in a single digits. This is a comeback of sorts there. The show -- this will be the challenge, if Donald Trump can stay that competitive in this outer suburbs, then he has a chance. If he get into places from just across the bridge in Arlington to Virginia, where, you know, find the Pentagon, this is what you expect, two thirds of the vote. So there's more votes for Hillary Clinton to come out of here. The question is can Donald Trump stay more competitive in the outer suburbs and then run it up in the rural areas?
But again, let's just check down here the (inaudible) to see what we have here, Chesapeake County, well 61 percent there, Portsmouth here 41 percent. In this Democratic areas down here Wolf, still some votes to be counted. So Donald Trump, that's encouraging, but we still got some business to do in Virginia.
BLITZER: North Carolina, Hillary Clinton is ahead in North Carolina right now. She's ahead what by -- about 80,000 votes. 80 -- more than 80,000 votes.
KING: 80,000 ...
BLITZER: 85,000 votes.
KING: 85,000 votes and they are coming out of the big areas where she needed to get them. Mecklenburg County, that showed up 10 percent of the state population, that's a big margin and we still have more votes to get here. Again when you go into these states now. Statewide where are we, 59 percent. And so we still know because we have zero there. That means there is an early vote dump and we are waiting for more votes to come in. We still have more to get out of Mecklenburg County. Then you move over here, Wake County, again used to be the back and forth swing county in the state. It is a Democratic county, but the Democrats need to win it big. She's winning at big. That's about ...
BLITZER: 100,000 votes.
KING: That's what she needs to do. And here again, and this is where we're waiting because the polls were kept open. They should be closing now in that area Durham County right in this ballpark. So again, you look at this and the question is where can Donald Trump -- we're going to get his votes? In these places where he's winning, let's just look Brunswick County. Again, it's a small area, but you want to compare it, he's running even with where Governor Romney ran, Romney is at 60 percent here, Donald Trump just shy of that.
So if she watch this poll out, it tells you, the performance wise and we seen this in a lot of states, performance wise in this race, it looks a lot like 2012.
[20:40:03] Now, obviously President Obama won in 2012, and this state Mitt Romney won. And so, we're going to watch this, we still have, you see the light the gray, those are mostly Trump votes. You can be pretty sure that in these rural areas. This one, you know, between to Democratic counties here. Democrat might win this one. But if you come through, you look back in time, most of these rural areas set up here they're Democratic. Down here and out to the west they tend to be Republican.
So if you look into the map right now, little bit more probably to be gaining for Secretary Clinton up here. Trump has to run it up here and then the population says, we have to look to Winston Salem all night. Again, we have a zero, this means this is early votes to come in. So if you're the Clinton campaign, you look at the map, you still have some -- you know in this population ...
BLITZER: You know that 59 percent of the vote is in, so there are still lots of votes out there. Let's go to Ohio right now. Hillary Clinton is ahead in Ohio, no Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio.
KING: Right, a quick foot note again as we go through this if you just joining us. These are states we're still counting the votes in. This one here, I just want to show you, we don't think Hillary Clinton is going to win Mississippi tonight. If she does that would be a stunner. But this is are live data feeds, so it's one or two precincts, one or two counties coming in. So bare with us as we go through the night. You want to go to Ohio right there, 49 to 46. Again, if you're the Clinton campaign you're encouraged. The map is filling out. I'm just going to show you ...
BLITZER: Third of the vote is in fact. KING: So look at the map. Remember it is mostly red remember, remember where the blues are. It's pretty typical. Little more for red up here for Donald Trump so far up here. If you look up along the northern part state ...
BLITZER: She's ahead now by 50,000.
KING: But she's ahead by 50,000 votes until the question is, this is your biggest vote center, Cuyahoga County where Cleveland is, 32 percent of the vote. She's running it up pretty big. It's a reasonable expectation there is more in the bank for Secretary Clinton. So then you want to pull out, and you say, here is the issue, there's a lot of red, right, they're smaller. But they're only -- this is only 24 percent of the vote. Only 17 percent of the vote. Only 18 percent of the vote. 16 percent of the vote here but still some more votes to come in into Trump.
So Trump is winning all of this red and if you are Donald Trump, be patient. Republicans should do not give up on Ohio there are a lot of places here that have not counted the votes. And again, you're talking, it's not as big a margin but if it is 2,000 here. You know, 2,000 here. A 1,000 or so here.
Over time you can make it out. So there are still a lot to be counted in Ohio. We have -- we're up to a third of the vote. But if you look what your looking for in the Republican areas you are getting to a 100 percent, that if the Trump campaign starts to get worried, we have lot of counting to just still in Ohio. She's ahead at the moment, but there's a lot of business to be done, as you see, most of these counties are still on the 20s or 30 percent wise.
BLITZER: Let's go back to North Carolina, because Hillary Clinton's lead in North Carolina, a critically important state has just narrowed what to about 66,000 votes. 61 percent of the vote in.
KING: 66,000 votes, and so you're seeing what's happening, I just want to go out here. The Democratic areas where she's getting 57 percent. You start to watch and see where Donald Trump is starting to pull in. He's got votes to be counted out here too, 33 percent of the votes here. He's pulling -- he's pulling pretty healthy margins in the small rural areas and there still votes to be counted.
So as these counties come in, he's coming back. I just want to keep checking here, because it's the big population it shows to see who's getting any closer, we're still waiting for more votes out of Mecklenburg County. And the question is you have the early vote that comes in. The Democrats in a lot of places the Democrats feel very happy with the early vote turnout.
Sometimes when he get the day of voting, the Republicans will stay -- even in Democratic areas the Republican wills get closer because of the traditional turnout on election day. So we need to be careful when we look at these big places, where we still have votes to be counted. But here Wake County, we're now to 88 percent. And so this is to the same point, and a very competitive state, the Clinton campaign can count on some more out of Wake County, but they're starting -- so this is where you run the models, you got 12percent left. Is it enough to offset elsewhere?
Durham County is now to 12 percent, this is an area where she needs that, it's only 85 percent -- not only the 85 percent, but the gap, 22,000 votes right there. In your computer models of this race, you need 85 percent in big turnout in Durham.
BLITZER: All right.
KING: Which is pull out ...
KING: ... by a second, very close, we're going to be here a while.
BLITZER: All right, we get another check of the electoral vote count on the Empire State Building right now. Hillary Clinton now with 68 electoral votes of the 270 needed to win, Donald Trump not far behind with 66 electoral votes. We're just minutes away from another big round of hold close in 14 states including delegate rich New York state, that's the home to both of the presidential nominees.
New Yorkers by the way, they're watching the results on CNN, they're on rooftop watch party, down the street from Empire State Building. Our election coverage continues, right after this.
[20:47:11] BLITZER: It's a close race to 270 electoral votes right now. You can see our running tally on the Empire State Building. Hillary Clinton now with 68 electoral votes. Donald Trump with 66. And just on the street from the world famous landmark, New Yorkers are watching election results on CNN as we get ready for the polls to close in New York state. That's the home to for both Clinton and Trump. We're getting new numbers coming in right now. Here is a Key Race Alert.
All right, Donald Trump is ahead in two important states in Florida and Virginia. Florida right now, 91 percent of the vote has been counted. Donald Trump has a 110,000 vote lead over Hillary Clinton, 49.1 percent to 47.8 percent. 29 electoral votes are at stake in Florida.
In Virginia almost 60 percent of the vote is now in. Donald Trump is ahead by 128,000 votes over Hillary Clinton, 50 percent to 44.8 percent. 13 electoral votes in Virginia.
Two important battleground states where Hillary Clinton is ahead. In Ohio, more than a third of the vote is in, Hillary Clinton has a lead of 36,500 votes over Donald Trump, 49 percent to 47.2percent. 18 electoral votes in Ohio. And the in North Carolina, 61 percent of the votes is in, Hillary Clinton's lead is 62,000 over Donald Trump. 15 electoral votes at stake in North Carolina. So, she's ahead in North Carolina and Ohio right now.
Let's go over to Jake and Dana. We're watching Florida. Like I now I say, Florida, Florida, Florida, more than 90 percent Jake of the vote is now in.
TAPPER: It's surprising how close it is given the fact that both Democrats and Republicans in the state had thought that Hillary Clinton had a slight edge. We're still waiting for a lot of outstanding vote in southeastern Florida which is a Democratic stronghold. But he's up more than 100,000 votes as of now with 91 percent of the vote in.
BLITZER: Yeah, that's impressive lead but it could certainly come back depending on what happens in those heavily Democratic counties in the southeast.
BASH: That's right, and look, they not only spent money but they also sent their most prized resources, the candidates themselves over and over again. Just really quickly, our embeds with this are candidate Ashley Kolo (ph) and Dan Merit (ph) said, both of them access (ph) the convention, both of them have been there to Florida 25 times, holding 45 events, in one state.
I mean that tells you everything you need to know about why this is so close.
BLITZER: Yeah, Anderson, this night is turning out to be a real nail biter.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: It is. Fascinating it's going to be a long night indeed. Let's talk with Gloria Borger, David Axelrod. I mean as you look at Florida, Donald Trump has a lead of some 100,000 votes. But again we're talking about Miami-Dade County votes still to come in, Broward and Palm Beach.
[20:49:58] GLORIA BORGER, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL STRATEGIST: There are about 800,000. I was just speaking with a Republican in the state, 800,000 a million votes still out. They believed this as Republican says that her Democratic buddies are very worried about this state right now. And I -- look, I think that you see the Latino turnout in the state was 18 percent. Barack Obama's -- David pointed out to me, was 17percent. So it's a little bit up, but it's not usually up, which is what we anticipated. African-American vote is up in the state. So that may, that may balance it out.
COOPER: David Axelrod, as you look at the numbers, what the do you see?
DAVID AXELROD, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well it's a slightly less -- it is a slightly more minority ...
AXELROD: ... turnout. And I think when you look at what's out, I think there's cause for optimism.
COOPER: What in terms of out, what votes have not been counted? In those heavily-leaning Democratic areas.
AXELROD: As John King points out, that is how you have, to look at these and there are some big pockets of support for her that are out. This is going to be close.
COOPER: Assuming the votes that have not been counted in those leaning Democratic areas continue to mirror the votes that have been counted in those same areas.
AXELROD: Then she would end up winning the state. But, you know -- so, if I were sitting there and looking at this, I would say, let's count them. Because if you're on the Democratic side, this thing could turn tout ...
COOPER: But all along, the Trump campaign has been saying that Florida is a must-win for them.
COOPER: And I mean it ...
AXELROD: They can't win without it. I mean the fact of the matter is, that's 29 electoral votes. They have to have it. And they have to have other states, as well, that they've not been leading in the polls. But this one and cause of the size of it, they have to have. So this is really, this is going to tell a lot of the story of this race.
BORGER: And I was texting with a Democrat in the state, who is saying that Donald Trump did better in the exurbs, rural areas, and what this points to is this divide in this country.
BORGER: Yeah, urban/rural. And you see it in the state of Florida.
COOPER: You certainly do. Wolf?
BLITZER: Yeah, Anderson, we're standing by for the second largest wave of poll closings in the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, just minutes from now at 9:00 p.m. eastern. We'll be watching 14 states, key races in the battleground of Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The last polls are also closing in Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. 156 electoral votes are at stake this coming hour.
Remember, 270 are need to win the presidency. Jake, we're heading into battlegrounds where the candidates have tried to clearly shake up the electoral map.
TAPPER: That's right. As we move west, we're looking at some states now where they've trying to change the color of states. We've seen Hillary Clinton trying to make a play, to turn Arizona from red to blue, while Donald Trump would like to flip Democratic-leaning Michigan, or Wisconsin, or Colorado from blue to red.
Let's check in with our correspondents, who are at the major presidential candidates' campaign headquarters. They're both in New York City. First, let's go to Jeff Zeleny at Clinton campaign headquarters. And Jeff, these numbers out of North Carolina and Florida have got to be nerve-racking for the Clinton team, especially Florida, which they felt pretty confident about.
JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: They did, indeed, Jake. Really for the last couple of days. The Clinton campaign's confidence has been rising about Florida. And but what we're seeing here is seeing campaign strategy play out in real life. Keep an eye Broward County, as John and you and everyone has been saying.
Secretary Clinton visited there three times in the last week alone. They were literally dragging people to early vote. So that is something that is still out. That's why one top adviser tells me, just a few moments ago, there is no panic, because of Broward County. But I can tell you, Jake, much closer than they thought.
They're also watching Pennsylvania very carefully. Though one adviser tells me, we're flying almost blind there. This is old school. No early voting. They're frankly not sure what's happening in Philadelphia, as much. But first things first. And first for the Clinton campaign is watching Broward County and watching south Florida. Jake?
TAPPER: All right. Let's go to Sara Murray, who's with the Trump campaign, just a few blocks away in Manhattan. And Sarah, the Trump campaign, while who knows what's going to happen, they've got to feel pretty good. They're really turning some of these states into a very competitive battlegrounds.
SARA MURRAY, CNN POLITICA REPORTER: They do feel very good about that, Jake. And particularly when you look at Florida, on how tight the race is there, they're pleased to see that. But this is not a campaign that's out there popping champagne or rejoicing about the numbers they're seeing. They expected Florida to be very tight and very nerve-racking. And they are very aware of the fact that if they cannot pull out a victory in Florida, then basically Donald Trump's chances of reaching 270 pretty much evaporate. And so that's why when I was checking with one Trump staffer about how they're feeling so far, about Florida this person just told me simply, scared.
TAPPER: All right, Sara Murray at Trump campaign headquarters, let's go to Wolf Blitzer right now.
[20:55:01] BLITZER: It's a lot closer Dana than so many people thought in these key battleground states. This is going to take a while.
BASH: It is going to be a long night. Look, I mean it is a divided country, and at least as far as the votes are showing us, as they're coming in now. That is playing out. I mean, there's no question about it. Especially, and incredibly so, in the purple state of Florida.
BLITZER: Let's walk over to John King and take a closer look at Florida right now. John, some of those Democratic-leaning counties in the southeastern part of Florida. There's still a lot of votes outstanding. KING: Still a lot of votes outstanding. The question is, are there enough votes outstanding? And so you go through them as you look, you look at Palm Beach County, we've been stuck at 53 percent of the vote counted for quite some time, 57 to 40. So reasonable to assume there are a lot more votes there for Secretary Clinton, if the margin holds up it doesn't always, could be some, you know, more Republican-leaning precincts out there. We don't know exactly what's out there. But if you watch as it's billed, it's been pretty consistent. The question is, what's left.
Jeff Zeleny who was just talking about this we're only up to 13 percent in Broward County. Secretary Clinton has targeted this quite a bit. See it's 70/30 almost right there. Let's just go back and look at it compare it in time, 67-32. So at the moment, she's running a little stronger than President Obama was four years ago when he eked out the narrowest of victories in this one county in Florida. The president won statewide, narrowly.
We come o down to Miami-Dade, which is the biggest place for Democratic votes. And this one is almost counted 91 percent, but again that 9 percent, where your talking about, look at the numbers, the votes here, that 9 percent, a decent amount of votes. So we've got some more counting to do here. And the other thing you start looking for, Wolf, is where are the Republican votes still out. So you're looking at Desoto County, 100 percent.
A lot of the smaller counties, the rural counties where Donald Trump runs it out, still Polk County, we have nothing. So there's some potential gain for Donald Trump here. We're starting to go through these. If you come out to the coast, here's a place, Volusia County, this is Daytona area. He's out -- this is a place where Donald Trump outperformed Mitt Romney. If you look 55, 54 there to 50.
So there are some places where Trump is outperforming Romney, and this is a decent vote total 40 -- just show 40,000 votes there. He's running up the votes here, he's done very well along the northeastern coast of Florida. Donald Trump has. But again you find a big county, you see a big gap but it's at 100 percent. When you try to make up votes.
We move up here, a big gap, but it's at 100 percent. So you pull back out where the Democratic votes are, counted here in Orange County. Mostly counted here. One of the interesting areas, this is very, very close, and it's going to be very close to the end. If Donald Trump ekes out a victory, he may have his performance right here in the St. -- Tampa/St. Pete here. Why do I said that? I mean pull out and look at it. It is take the winds (ph) away so it's not confusing. Hillsborough County, 51-45. You go back in time, President obama won it a little bit bigger. We move out here Pinellas County, you see that's the president's margin 4 years ago, 5 points, Donald Trump is leading here right now. Is a vote-rich area. In the western part of the state, swing area that goes back and forth in close races.
Trump is out-performing Romney in that particular part of the state. So that's what's keeping him more competitive, keeping in the lead right now. If he ekes out a narrow victory he'll have his performance up here to think about it, and again, we're going to just come back down here and keep checking. Still at 53 percent, a lot of votes here still to come in and so far they've been going Clinton's way. This is the one to 16 percent.
We'll check our lead in just a second as this suppose (inaudible), you want to watch as we start going from 13 to 16 to 20 to 30, does it stay 69-30. Here does it stay in that margin. If stays in that margin she's going to make up ...
BLITZER: That Broward County where Fort Lauderdale is, 9.3 percent of the whole population of the state.
KING: And so as you move up, if you're looking at that big of a population center, as you move up through the county, Miami-Dade still stuck at 93. But this is the big one we're waiting on. There'll be some adjustments in the margins, but when we get more of this, when we get from 16 to 30 to 40, we'll see if this holds up and we'll see to -- we'll get a better sense of the turnout. We'll see how much of the math.
But if you look at just imagine, at 16 percent, you're talking about, you know, 260-280,000 votes out there, if that continues, there are still votes to be had. But with that some county to do. I'm just looking at other places as we go through this. 76 percent here, Clinton with a big lead. So maybe some more votes for her there. Most of these other places ...
BLITZER: Let's go Virginia for a moment, quickly with Virginia.
KING: Let's pull back out to the maps. Again, these are states where the early votes are being counted. These are not states that have been tossed. But Virginia has stayed, Donald Trump lead for quite some time. We're up to 65 percent. This is a state, remember, Hillary Clinton's running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, former Governor Tim Kaine is from here. You see the lead right here, 50 percent to 45 percent. That's a pretty healthy lead for Donald Trump.
So let's take a look. Number one, he's doing what he needs to do. Running it up out in the small rural counties, and this is incredibly important in these states, 74 to 21. You see how this goes here. The big issue Wolf, we're still waiting for some votes out of the Washington, D.C., suburbs. He only half of the votes here counted less than half of Fairfax County, 50 percent in Loudon County. So Donald Trump leads in Virginia Wolf, but still a lot of math to be done in a more populated areas just outside of Washington, D.C.
BLITZER: 14 states are about to close to the polling in 14 states, including two huge ones, Texas and New York.
[21:00:02] We're watching several other states right now. We're getting ready to make some projection. All right take a look at this, we projected Hillary Clinton will carry her home state of New York, that's 29 electoral votes.