Several networks have called the state of Nevada for former vice president Joe Biden – a result that was widely expected. The Democrat receives the six votes from Nevada’s electoral college.
The Associated Press called the entire race for Biden on Saturday.
President Donald Trump faced a difficult battle in Nevada, which has not elected a Republican since George W. Bush in 2004. The state was placed in the “Leans Biden” category throughout the entire election campaign.
The state was previously seen as the winner of the election. Voters there supported every victorious presidential candidate from 1976 to 2016, when Nevada chose the losing candidate for the first time in 40 years.
Trump was the first Republican candidate since 1908 to win the presidency without carrying Nevada. His narrow victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin meant he did not need the votes of the Silver State Electoral College.
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Pollster FiveThirtyEight gave Biden a 6.1 percent lead in Nevada on October 29, and Democrats there enjoyed a 6.1 percent lead in the polls for much of September and October.
However, his lead fluctuated in the final weeks of the campaign. It fell from a high of 6.8 percent on October 12.
FiveThirtyEight also showed that Biden led the nationwide poll with an average of 8.8 percent on October 29. The RealClearPolitics survey average showed that Biden had risen four points in Nevada by October 29, while RCP put Biden ahead nationally by 7.8 percent.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won 2016 in Nevada with 47.9 percent of the vote against Trumps 45.5 percent.
The liberal candidate for governor, Gary Johnson, won 3.3 percent of the vote in Nevada, outperforming most states. He had served as governor of New Mexico.
It is unlikely that the six votes of the electoral college in Nevada will be decisive. The next occupation of the White House will be decided by the results in the crucial swing states like Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The state was a GOP stronghold for many years and supported the Republicans from 1968 to the 1970s and 1980s. Voters there voted for Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and after 2008 the state became more reliably democratic.
Changes in Nevada’s electoral process have been attributed to its growing population, which has tripled since 1980, in large part due to people moving there from other states.
In 2018, Nevada was the fastest growing state in the nation, and its population passed the three million mark with the help of Californians who moved there.