U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at a carpenters union in Phoenix, Arizona on October 8, 2020.
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President-elect Joe Biden is expected to win Arizona’s 11 votes for the electoral college, NBC News reported late Thursday.
After Biden’s planned victory in the state increased his lead over incumbent President Donald Trump, he now has 290 votes for the electoral college, according to NBC’s current record.
On Saturday, NBC predicted that Biden would win the US presidential election after calling Pennsylvania for the former vice president. The state pushed him over the 270 electoral college votes required to win the presidential race.
Trump has so far refused to allow the election.
Poll averages had shown that Biden was a small favorite to win Arizona. Trump won the state in 2016 by just over 3 percentage points.
As of 11:45 p.m. ET Thursday, Biden led by 1,668,684 votes, compared to 1,657,250 for Trump, a margin of 49.4% to 49.1%.
The last time Arizona was democratically elected in a presidential election was in 1996 when Bill Clinton was re-elected. Otherwise, the state known for GOP stalwarts like the late Sens. Barry Goldwater and John McCain has been firmly Republican since the 1950s.
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