With 100% of precincts reporting, ABC News can report that former Vice President Joe Biden has a lead of about a half a percentage point over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Because the vote is very close and has not yet been certified, ABC News is not projecting a winner, but is characterizing Biden as the apparent winner.
Wisconsin reconfirmed its swing-state status in 2016, when Donald Trump won by an extremely narrow margin of about 22,700 votes over Hillary Clinton -- less than 1%.
President Trump’s victory broke a streak of Democratic candidate wins in the Badger State during the seven previous election cycles. But Wisconsin also broke for Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry by razor-thin margins in 2000 and 2004 respectively.
Republicans in down-ballot races were also gaining ground in the years leading up to 2016 -- particularly among white, working-class voters across the state’s rural areas.
Still, a blue wave centered in the more liberal and racially-diverse cities of Milwaukee and Madison -- as well as more populous college towns like La Crosse and Eau Claire -- could flip Wisconsin at the top of the ticket.
*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of past vote reporting and expectations about how the vote will report this year.