Joe Biden wins Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- With more than an expected 89% of the state's ballots counted, Arizona's 11 electoral college votes in the 2020 general election are projected to go to former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Associated Press.

EXPLAINER: Why AP called Arizona for Biden

As of 9:00 p.m., on Thursday, Joe Biden had 1,529,109 votes and 50.06% of the counted ballots. President Trump had 1,482,442 votes and 48.54% of the counted ballots.

While AP and Fox News called the race for Biden on Tuesday night, other major media networks were still waiting for more results to be released. 

CNN and CBS News have not made a projection and are waiting for results from Maricopa County to be released at 7 p.m. About 204,000 votes from Maricopa County have yet to be counted and that could change the outcome of the presidential race. 

Arizona, considered one of several battleground states in the 2020 presidential election, has not gone blue since 1996 when the state voted to help Democrat Bill Clinton win the presidency. Between 1952 and 2016, with the exception of 1996, Arizona has voted for every Republican nominee and has long been considered a "red state." 

Despite typically being a Republican stronghold, the political landscape in Arizona has shifted more to the left in recent years. The state's congressional delegation has more Democrats in office than Republican. With Mark Kelly beating Martha McSally, it's the first time Arizona has had two Democrats in the U.S Senate since 1953. 

Going into Election Day, Joe Biden held a narrow lead in Arizona over Donald Trump, specifically with one demographic that Trump held comfortably during the 2016 election. According to an AARP survey released in Arizona, the Democratic nominee led among a group of voters over 50 years old by a thin margin of two points (49%-47%), which is within the margin of error.

Votes are still being counted across the country, and an official winner for the presidency has yet to be projected.

 

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