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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Polls have officially closed throughout most of the country, and Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

But the presidential race remains too close to call with several key battleground states unaccounted for.

Polls have shown Biden with a clear popular vote lead over President Donald Trump, but things are tight on the Electoral College map, where the next president will be named.

Biden spoke to supporters in Delaware, asking them to remain patient as results continue to pour in.

Trump also addressed supporters early Wednesday morning.

Below, you’ll find periodic updates from around Southern New England.

10:30 a.m. // RI BOE to refeed approximately 9K of Cranston’s early ballots

After an equipment problem led to a USB drive becoming full before all votes were tabulated, the Board of Elections has unanimously approved to refeed approximately 9,000 early ballots into a high-speed mail ballot tabulating machine at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

10 a.m. // Mattiello accepts loss to Fenton-Fung in District 15 race

A major upset on Election Night in Rhode Island was made official Wednesday morning as Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello released a statement acknowledging defeat in the District 15 race to GOP challenger Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung.

8:30 a.m. // Preliminary presidential vote count in Johnston

6:30 a.m. // Update from our Washington Bureau and 12 News Political Analyst Joe Fleming

5:45 a.m. // Local ballot questions in RI, Mass. not yet verified; AP making some projections

With 80% of precincts reporting this morning, it appears the Ocean State’s name will simply be “Rhode Island” with 53% of voters supporting the name change.

5 a.m. // Preliminary presidential vote count in RI cities/towns

1:30 a.m. // Jim Langevin wins 11th term in U.S. Congress

Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin has won the race for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District seat, besting Republican rival Robert Lancia, the Associated Press projects.

“I am honored that the voters of Rhode Island’s Second District have once again given me the opportunity to represent and fight for them in Washington,” he said in a statement. “This victory would not be possible without all those who came out to cast their vote in a historic election and the countless supporters who helped our campaign spread our message. This is a culmination of great passion, hard work, and a deep desire to continue to build on the progress we achieved here together in Rhode Island.”

The Associated Press also projects Massachusetts voters have rejected Question 2 to move the state to a ranked-choice voting system.

1:15 a.m. // Board of Elections posts big batch of mail-in ballot results

Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung released a statement after the Board of Elections posted a big batch of election results, saying: “We are in a very strong position to win at this point. However, we will await the final postings tomorrow from the early vote and allow for conversations to potentially be had before making any public statements.”

1 a.m. // Transmission issues reported in RI precincts; Jake Auchincloss to succeed Joe Kennedy III

Democrat Jake Auchincloss has won the race to succeed Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, The Associated Press projects.

The Board of Elections is reporting “transmission issues” in some Rhode Island precincts, which is holding up the state’s mail ballot results.

12:30 a.m. // Congressman David Cicilline wins re-election; Biden speaks to supporters

Democratic Congressman David Cicilline has won the 1st Congressional District race in Rhode Island, the Associated Press projects.

12 a.m. // Update on where races stand in Rhode Island

11:30 p.m. // Jake Auchincloss declares victory, Langevin trails Lancia

Democrat Jake Auchincloss has declared victory in the race to succeed Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, but Republican Julie Hall tells 12 News she’s not giving up just yet.

With emergency ballots trickling in, Rep. Jim Langevin trails behind GOP challenger Bob Lancia.

11 p.m. // Frank Picozzi takes significant lead over Mayor Joseph Solomon

Independent Frank Picozzi has a notable lead over Mayor Joseph Solomon with 88% of the vote, according to The Associated Press.

Right now, the Board of Election reports that eight Rhode Island communities are still tabulating their emergency ballots.

10:30 p.m. // Massachusetts voters approve Question 1

Massachusetts voters have approved Question 1, also known as “Right to Repair,” which would provide independent repair shops expanded access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data, according to preliminary election results.

The Board of Elections also expects emergency ballots should be posted by 11 p.m.

10 p.m. // RI begins counting emergency ballots

9 p.m. // Fenton-Fung defeats House Speaker Mattiello

The Associated Press projects that Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung has defeated House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, but the Republican isn’t declaring victory just yet.

Fenton-Fung, a physical therapist and the wife of longtime Cranston Mayor Allan Fung — a popular two-time GOP gubernatorial candidate — had aggressively targeted Mattiello in the 15th legislative district in Cranston.

The 39-year-old Fenton-Fung repeatedly called attention to scandals that have dogged Mattiello.

Mattiello has not conceded to Fenton-Fung. His campaign says it’s too soon to call the race.

8:45 p.m. // Maria Rivera becomes first-ever female mayor of Central Falls

City Council President Maria Rivera has declared victory, making her the city’s first-ever female mayor.

8:30 p.m. // Fenton-Fung takes significant lead over House Speaker Mattiello

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is trailing behind Republican challenger Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, with three of four precincts already reported.

8 p.m. // Polls close in Rhode Island, Massachusetts

The polls have officially closed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The Associated Press reports that Democratic nominee Joe Biden has taken both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed cruised to re-election after defeating his Republican challenger.

In Massachusetts, Sen. Edward Markey was re-elected for another 6-year term.

7 p.m. // Rhode Island sets new all-time voter turnout record

With an hour until polls close, Rhode Island has topped the state’s previous voter turnout record set in 2008.

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Board of Elections is reminding voters that anyone waiting in line to cast their ballot past 8 p.m. will still be allowed to do so.

6 p.m. // Rhode Island voter turnout tops 2016 total

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s office reported 469,693 ballots had been cast as of 5:50 p.m., surpassing the 469,589 votes cast in 2016.

5:30 p.m. // A look at Rhode Island’s voter turnout so far

5 p.m. // Rhode Island voter turnout update

The 2020 presidential election is now the third-highest voter turnout in the state’s history.

4:30 p.m. // “Play For The Vote” and near record-breaking numbers

Two Rhode Islanders who are part of “Play For The Vote” performed outside the Asa Messer Elementary School in Providence as voters waited to cast their ballots.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island is nearing record-breaking numbers and is set to at least pass the voter turnout for the 2004 general election.

12 News reporter Kim Kalunian receives an Election Day update from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea:

4 p.m. // Cranston mayoral race update

3 p.m. // Voters casting ballots in Woonsocket

2:30 p.m. // Rhode Island mail-in ballot update

1:30 p.m. // Gov. Baker: ‘I blanked it’

When asked if he voted for Joe Biden, here’s the Massachusetts governor’s response:

1 p.m. // Rhode Island voter turnout update

12:45 p.m. // Speaker Mattiello discusses race against Fenton-Fung

12:30 p.m. // Problems reported at some polling places

All 461 polling locations in Rhode Island are now operational, but there were some kinks that needed to be worked out in the early hours of voting.

12 p.m. // Jamestown is first RI community to top 2016 voter turnout

11:30 a.m. // Voters in Providence Ward 5

11 a.m. // Voting at Fall River Government Center

10:45 a.m. // Voter Turnout Update

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10:30 a.m. // Cranston District 15 candidate Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung votes

10 a.m. // A look inside the Hope Highlands Middle School polling center in Cranston

Maria Bucci and her son (Erica Ricci WPRI-TV)

9:30 a.m. // Bucci brings her son to vote in Cranston

Democratic candidate Maria Bucci came with her son to Hope Highlands Middle School.

He voted and she is coming back later to cast her official ballot.

8 a.m. // Tracking RI voter turnout

The R.I. Board of Elections has launched a new data tool to track voter turnout throughout the day. So far, about 11,000 Rhode Islanders have already voted in the first hour of Election Day. You can check this link throughout the day for updates.

7:30 a.m. // 12 News Political Analyst Joe Fleming

Joe Fleming joined us in studio Tuesday morning for an in-depth breakdown of the presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, along with the major races in Rhode Island.

7 a.m. // Polling locations open

6:30 a.m. // Preview of mayoral, District 15 House seat races in Cranston

6 a.m. // A look at ballot questions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

This story will be updated throughout Election Day. Be sure to check back for the latest.

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