Joe Biden wins Arizona, AP projects

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Arizona, claiming 11 electoral votes in one of the key swing states in the race for the presidency, AP projects.

Why it matters: Biden is the first Democrat to win Arizona, which Trump won by 3.5% in 2016, since 1996. The victory opens an easier path for Biden to reach 270 electoral votes.

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  • Biden blanketed the media market in Arizona, spending twice the amount of money Trump did. He was leading the state by 2.6% the day before Election Day, according to FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls.
  • Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had campaigned heavily in the state leading up to the election.

Worth noting: Democrat Mark Kelly also defeated incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R) in a high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Arizona.

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