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Biden scores wins in Maryland, DC, handful of Northeastern states

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE (D) was projected the winner in several Northeastern states as well as Washington, D.C., shortly after polls closed in the region Tuesday evening, according to The Associated Press.

Biden won the states of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Massachusetts, picking up 67 Electoral College votes as well as three from Washington, D.C., for a total of 70 from the early pickups.

None of the states represented surprise wins for the Democratic nominee, who is focused on the nearby battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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Massachusetts and Maryland, in particular, are two of the bluest states in the nation and haven't voted for a Republican president since 1984 and 1988, respectively.

Biden previously represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009, when he joined former President Obama's bid for the White House after conceding his own bid that same election cycle.

Updated to include totals from New Jersey and New York