UPDATE, 9:40 p.m. ET: Democrats will retain control of the House of Representatives and increase their majority by at least five seats, Fox News’ decision desk predicted.
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell easily won re-election to another Senate term, but the question was whether he would return as majority leader.
Democrats saw their first Senate seat the night John Hickenlooper defeated Cory Gardner.
PREVIOUS, 7:11 PM ET: The time has finally come when the first polls to be completed in Ket Swing will determine whether Donald Trump will be re-elected or ousted in favor of Joe Biden.
Polls closed at 7:00 p.m. ET in Georgia and eastern Florida, and the North Carolina cutoff was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, although some counties had longer hours.
CNN called Indiana where polls for Trump closed at 6 p.m. ET, but that was expected.
Previously, CNN and other outlets revealed the results of baseline poll information that showed which topics were most important to voters, but it was difficult to see if the data was more favorable to Trump or Biden.
Statistical guru Nate Silver warned: “Nothing I’ve seen or heard about the exit polls gives me confidence that they figured out how to balance the different types of votes that are received. Lots of strange, somewhat incongruous results based on the reports. I would ignore it. “
The networks cautioned viewers not to read too much into the early returns as there may be differences in who voted ahead of time or by mail or in person. Such was the case with Kentucky, which initially had a Biden lead but turned around before the final result. Most networks presented the results as part of the expected vote and not as in previous cycles.