With less than half of the votes counted in Kentucky, Republican nominee Donald Trump is the state's projected winner. Polls are also calling the Indiana and West Virginia races for Trump, while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will take Vermont.
A New York Times live count projects Trump beating Clinton in Kentucky with a comfortable 33 percent lead over his Democratic rival.
Kentucky and Indiana will give Trump a total of 19 electoral votes, while Clinton takes three electoral votes from the home state of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
East Coast polls closed at 7 p.m., but several key battleground states remain too close to call, foreshadowing a close battle that may not give either candidate a decisive victory until every vote is counted, bringing the unpredictable election cycle to a nail-biting conclusion.
Clinton and Trump both campaigned heavily in Virginia, where it is still too close of a vote and too early to call the winner. Democrats hoped for a victory in Georgia, a Southern state that tends to vote Republican. The results are still too close to project a winner, though Trump leads handily in the counties counted so far. Still, Clinton is expected to pull ahead somewhat in larger counties such as Atlanta, which have yet to be counted, notes CNN's live election coverage.
Ohio is nowhere close to determining a winner, though Trump remains in the lead at the moment. One thing is decisively clear: incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman has easily won his re-election bid, despite pundits predicting the race would be a close one.
In Florida, where Hispanic turnout has far surpassed that of the 2012 election and could reach historic highs by the end of the election night, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is leading in his re-election race with roughly half of the votes counted. With more than half of the Florida vote, Clinton has pulled ahead into the lead. She is also ahead in North Carolina.
Several additional east coast state polling places will close at 8 p.m. EST.