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Trump wins North Carolina

Trump wins North Carolina
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President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE is the projected winner of the presidential contest in North Carolina, handing him a win that comes nearly a week after his Democratic rival Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE was projected to have won the overall race for the White House.

NBC News and CNN called the race for Trump on Friday shortly before 2:30 p.m. EST, more than a week after Election Day.

Trump’s win over Biden in the Tar Heel State hands him one of the toss-up states where neither candidate held a comfortable lead in the polls. Biden clinched key victories in other battleground states, including Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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According to CNN and NBC News, which have called every state in the race, Biden won with 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232. 

Trump has sought to cast doubt on Biden winning the presidential race, and many Republicans have been reluctant to recognize Biden as the president-elect. Nonetheless, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhite House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it MORE have pressed forward with the transition process.

North Carolina is among several Southern states that has become more competitive for Democrats in recent years, a change driven by demographic shifts and an influx of new residents.

Heading into Election Day polling had showed a modest lead for Biden. An NBC News/Marist poll released Oct. 30 found Biden with a 6-point advantage over Trump in North Carolina, while another poll released by The New York Times and Siena College showed Biden ahead by a scant 3-point margin.