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Biden takes Arizona, first Democrat to win there since 1996

President-elect Joe Biden 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 Trump and his allies. 

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 Clinton 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.

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