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Fox News projects Trump to win Florida over Biden

President Donald J. Trump waves Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., as he boards Air Force One to begin a trip to Florida. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
November 03, 2020

Fox News has projected President Donald Trump to win the state of Florida. Other news outlets have yet to project a winner for the key battleground state.

Fox News projected Trump’s win in the state with 94 percent of all Florida votes being reported. At the time of Fox News’ call, Trump had an estimated 51.3 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s 47.8 percent.

As of 11 p.m. ET, Florida’s official election site reported all Florida counties except for but Broward and Colier had completed their precinct reporting.

Florida is seen as a key state for either candidate to win in Tuesday night’s election. Trump’s projected win in Florida will net him the state’s 29 electoral college votes.

GOP pollster Frank Luntz told NBC’s Squawk Box that he believes Trump needs to win in Florida to remain competitive in the race. Along with Florida, Luntz also said Ohio and North Carolina are key bellweather states for Trump and that if he wins in those states, he remains competitive in the race. Luntz said if Biden wins any of those three states “it’s Biden’s presidency.”

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As of 11 p.m. ET, Fox News has reported Trump continues to hold a nearly 8 point lead in Ohio and a narrower 1.4 percent lead in North Carolina.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled North Carolina can continue to accept mailed-in ballots for up to nine days after the election.

On Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Trump said he believes he has a “very solid chance of winning.”

“We have seen tremendous swing changes,” Trump said, adding that his team believes they’ll see victories in Texas, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

“We think we are doing very well everywhere. And it’s more than thinking. You know, we are seeing trends, and so you can tell this isn’t just like taking a poll. This is based on trends,” he said. “And we think we are doing very well in states, a lot of states, really. A lot of states.”

Trump pointed to the 2016 presidential election in which he secured 306 electoral votes, and said he thinks he’ll garner more electoral votes.

“I think we will top it. I will leave it at that. I think we will top it,” he said. “I think we will get better. People appreciate the job that we’ve done.”