President Donald Trump was projected to win Ohio by several news outlets around midnight tonight, including NBC News and Fox News.
Trump won 53.3% of over 5.6 million votes counted on election night. Former Vice President Joe Biden led early in the night, and won 57% of the absentee ballots counted so far.
Biden won 50.25% of the votes in Montgomery County, which has reported its total number of estimated ballots expected.
The votes tallied so far are estimated to be around 89% of the total votes expected in Ohio. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, around 220,580 absentee ballots and 50,000 provisional ballots had not yet been received by Tuesday night’s projections. Counties have until Nov. 18 to report their official count, and Ohio’s statewide results will be certified by Nov. 28.
While many states will continue to count mail-in ballots into the following weeks, Trump tweeted closely before 1 a.m. stating “Votes cannot be counted after the Polls are closed.” Twitter flagged the post, saying “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
Biden tweeted shortly after President Trump, saying “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election It’s the voters’ place.”
Biden added in a following tweet: “We believe we are on track to win this election.”