Trump wins Alaska

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE has won the state of Alaska, adding to his electoral vote total despite losing the White House race.

CNN and NBC News projected Wednesday morning that the president would again take Alaska's three Electoral College votes.

With 75 percent of expected ballots tallied, Trump led with nearly 57 percent of the vote, compared to 39 percent for now-President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE.


Trump won Alaska in 2016 as well, defeating then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? MORE by double digits.

Although the state will add to the president's overall vote total, he is still projected to fall short of the 270 electoral votes needed for a second term.

Biden, the Democratic nominee, was projected to clinch the needed votes over the weekend. The former vice president is projected to win with at least 279 Electoral College votes.

Trump, however, has not conceded.

Democrats had hoped to remain competitive in Alaska, which is known for its sharp independent streak, amid a national environment that they expected would be turning away from Trump.

But the president showed support throughout the continental U.S. Still, Trump lost a number of states that he won in 2016, including the crucial Rust Belt states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and he is trailing in Arizona and Georgia. 

GOP Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanTrump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE also was projected Wednesday to have won reelection. He defeated Al Gross, an independent who was backed by national Democrats.

Updated at 10:33 a.m.