Biden takes Arizona, first Democrat to win there since 1996

Biden takes Arizona, first Democrat to win there since 1996
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE is projected to win Arizona, making him the first Democrat to win the state since 1996.

The projection comes over a week after polls closed on Election Day. 

Multiple news outlets called the race in Biden’s favor around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. Fox News was the first outlet to call the state in Biden’s favor last week, which drew the ire of President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE and his allies. 

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The Associated Press had also called the race in Biden’s favor last week. 

Biden’s win is largely credited to Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county which is home to Phoenix, as well as an influx of young and Latino voters changing the demographics of the state. 

The last Democrat to win the historically Republican stronghold was Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonVirginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE in 1996. Before then, Harry Truman was the last to win the state in 1948. 

Trump won the state by 3.5 points in 2016.

The projection late Thursday came days after the race was called for Biden last weekend.