The election results are rolling in, and the swing state of Arizona has been called by the Associated Press to former vice president Joe Biden.
Arizona is a swing state in the 2020 elections, and although the state has long been voting for the GOP, Arizona has voted Republican in almost every election since 1952 – in the 1996 elections the state voted Democrat and handed the victory over to Bill Clinton.
At the time of writing this article, although the current vote count in Arizona is tight and according to the AP, Biden currently has 51.8 percent of the vote with 1,372,000 votes, while Trump has 46.8 percent with 1,239,000 votes, the AP has called the state for Biden.
Although he spoke before the final vote count, Fox News also called for a victory for Biden in Arizona, with Fox News Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin standing by the decision, saying he was “absolutely” certain that Biden would win the state.
Now the news service has also named the Swing State for Biden, earning him 11 votes in the electoral college, with the AP reporting that “Biden’s victory was a big blow to Trump’s chances for reelection.
In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won Arizona with 1,252,401 votes and 48.1 percent of the vote. Democrat Hilary Clinton won 1,161,167 votes with 44.6 percent of the vote, which means that Trump won 11 votes in Arizona. The other 4.1 percent of the votes in Arizona went to Libertarian Gary Johnson.
Most Arizona districts voted for Trump in the 2016 election, with Mohave, La Paz, Yuma, Yavapai, Maricopa, Gila, Navajo, Graham, Pinal, Greenlee and Cochise districts voting Republican. The districts of Coconino, Apache, Pima and Santa Cruz voted Democratic.
Arizona also voted Republican in 2012, when 54.2 percent of the state voted for Mitt Romney, which received 1,142,051 votes. Former President Obama received 930,669 votes or 44.1 percent of the vote.
Similarly, the state voted in 2008 when Arizona voted for Republican John McCain, who received 53.8 percent of the vote, while Obama received 45 percent of Arizona’s vote.
Arizona had voted for the Republicans in all other previous elections since 1952, with the exception of Clinton’s victory in 1996.
In the 2020 presidential election, it looks like Arizona will again vote for the Democratic Party, with Biden taking over a state previously won by Trump.