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EXPLAINING RACE CALLS: Kentucky To Trump, Vermont For Biden

EXPLAINING RACE CALLS:  Kentucky To Trump, Vermont For Biden

Here is a statebystate look at how and why The Associated Press is calling U.S. states in the 2020 presidential election. States will be added throughout Election Night.

WASHINGTON: The Associated Press is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.

Republican Donald Trump said, Frankly, we did win this election over Democrat Joe Biden and said he would take the election to the Supreme Court. His assertion of victory does not match the results and information currently available to the AP.

At this stage in the race, according to AP counts, Trump has 213 electoral votes while Biden has 225. Trump would need 270 electoral votes to win. Several key states are too early to call, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Michigan.

Here is an alphabetical state-by-state look at how and why The Associated Press has called U.S. states in the 2020 presidential election. More states will be added as they are called.

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WHY AP CALLED ALABAMA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Alabama as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend of favoring Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Democratic presidential contender hasnt won Alabama since Jimmy Carter, from neighboring Georgia, did in 1976. Trump carried the state by 28 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED ARKANSAS FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Arkansas as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bill Clinton, a native of Hot Springs and a longtime former governor, was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state in 1996. Trump won Arkansas by nearly 27 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED CALIFORNIA FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of California as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Hillary Clinton beat Trump in California by 30 percentage points in 2016, and a Republican presidential candidate hasnt carried the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

California is the most populous state in the U.S. and its 55 electoral votes make it the biggest Election Day prize.

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WHY AP CALLED COLORADO FOR JOE BIDEN

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Colorado as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend of favoring Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Colorado was a swing state not that long ago. It voted for Republican Bob Dole over President Bill Clinton in 1996, and swung for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. And state government was solidly Republican until about 15 years ago.

But massive growth in Denver and its surrounding areas ushered in a political shift. Employment opportunities, craft beer brewing, legal marijuana and the states rugged and snow-capped mountains drew in new residents as well as their decidedly more liberal politics.

Democrats now control the governors office and the Legislature. In addition to Biden winning the state, former Gov. John Hickenlooper also ousted incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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WHY AP CALLED CONNECTICUT FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Connecticut as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend of favoring Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Hillary Clinton won Connecticut by over 13 percentage points in 2016. A Republican presidential candidate hasnt carried the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

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WHY AP CALLED DELAWARE FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Delaware as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend of favoring Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Biden, who moved to Delaware as a boy and continues to live there, represented the state in the U.S. Senate for more than three decades until he became Barack Obamas vice president in 2009.

Hillary Clinton won Delaware by over 11 percentage points in 2016. The state hasnt voted for a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

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WHY AP CALLED FLORIDA FOR TRUMP:

In Florida, one of 2020s most crucial battleground states, President Donald Trumps strength in his recently adopted home state delivered a victory over Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The Associated Press called the race for Trump at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday, after an analysis of ballots statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

Florida is typically decided on razor-thin margins and Trump carried the state in 2016 by just 1.2 percentage points. It is one of the biggest Election Day prizes, offering 29 electoral votes.

With 96% of the expected vote counted, Trump led Biden by over 375,000 votes. The remaining vote left to be counted in Democratic-leaning areas of the state was not enough to overcome Trumps lead of about 3 percentage point.

In order to win, Biden needed to run up massive margins in the three heavily Democratic counties in south Florida. But early returns showed him underperforming in Miami-Dade County.

Thats where Trump and his allies have been branding Democrats as socialists in advertisements for more than a year a message geared toward south Floridas Cuban population, many of whom fled the island nation after Fidel Castros communist government came to power.

Florida was a must-win for Trump. Without it, his path to the presidency would have drastically narrowed.

He saturated the state with TV advertising and shifted his residency from New York to Palm Beach County, where he owns the Mar-a-Lago Club, which has been billed as the Winter White House.

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WHY AP CALLED HAWAII FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Hawaii as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Republican presidential candidate hasnt won Hawaii since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Trump lost Hawaii by 32 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED IDAHO FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner in Idaho when polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from the election concluding Tuesday.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win Idaho. Trump carried the state by over 31 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED ILLINOIS FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Illinois as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Illinois has long been a Democratic stronghold and hasnt swung for a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Hillary Clinton carried the state by 17 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED INDIANA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Indiana at 8:48 p.m. EST, after an analysis of ballots cast statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 55% of the expected vote counted, Trump led Biden by roughly 22 percentage points.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast. The survey found Trump with a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Trumps Indiana win is no surprise. He carried the state by 19 points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The GOP holds all statewide offices and both Senate seats. And its the home state of Vice President Mike Pence, who was Indianas governor until Trump picked him to join the GOP ticket in 2016.

Other than 2008, when Barack Obama carved out a narrow win, Indiana hasnt favored a Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

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WHY AP CALLED IOWA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Iowa at 12:16 a.m. EST Wednesday, after an analysis of ballots statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 95% of the expected vote counted, Trump led Biden by roughly 8.3 percentage points or about 128,000 votes out of almost 1.6 million ballots counted.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast. The survey found Trump had a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Iowa was once a pivotal swing state that went for Al Gore over George W. Bush in 2000 and twice elected Barack Obama.

But over the past decade it has trended increasingly Republican.

The state is home to the greatest number of counties 31 that went for Trump in 2016 after voting for Obama. State government is dominated by the GOP. And Trump won the state by 9.5 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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WHY THE AP CALLED KANSAS FOR TRUMP

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Kansas at 9:45 p.m. EST, after an analysis of ballots cast statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 77% of the expected vote counted, Trump led Biden by nearly 7 percentage points.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast. The survey found Trump with a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

The state hasnt a swung for Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996, when Kansan Bob Dole was the Republican nominee. Trump won the state by 20 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED KENTUCKY FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Kentucky as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential contender to win Kentucky in 1996. Trump won the state in 2016 by nearly 30 points.

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WHY AP CALLED LOUISIANA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Louisiana as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state in 1996. Trump carried Louisiana by over 19 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED MARYLAND FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Maryland as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Republican presidential candidate hasnt won Maryland since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the state by over 26 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED MASSACHUSETTS FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Massachusetts as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Hillary Clinton carried the state by over 27 percentage points in 2016, and a Republican presidential candidate hasnt won Massachusetts since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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WHY AP CALLED MINNESOTA FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Joe Biden the winner of Minnesota at 11:55 p.m. EST Tuesday, after an analysis of ballots statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow President Trump to catch up.

With 85% of the expected vote counted, Biden led Trump by roughly 4 percentage points or about 190,000 votes out of about 2.3 million ballots cast. The remaining votes in Republican-leaning areas are not enough for Trump to overtake Bidens lead.

Minnesota has been solidly Democratic for the past half-century, but has turned into a presidential battleground.

Trump targeted the state after narrowly losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 1.6 percentage points.

Republicans, however, suffered a blow in the 2018 midterm elections. Minnesota Democrats flipped two suburban congressional districts, took back control of the state House by winning suburban Trump-voting areas and came within one seat of winning control of the state Senate.

The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican presidential candidates was Richard Nixon in 1972.

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WHY AP CALLED MISSISSIPPI FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Mississippi as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Democratic presidential contender hasnt won Mississippi since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Trump carried the state by more than 17 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY THE AP CALLED MISSOURI FOR TRUMP

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Missouri at 10:18 p.m. EST, after an analysis of ballots cast statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 44% of the expected vote counted, Trump led Biden by roughly 16 percentage points.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast. The survey found Trump with a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bill Clinton in 1996 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win Missouri. Trump carried the state by over 18 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED MONTANA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Montana at 12:14 a.m. EST Wednesday, after an analysis of ballots statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 56% of the expected vote counted, Trump led Biden by nearly 6 percentage points. The remaining vote count in Democratic leaning areas was not enough to overcome Trumps lead.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast. The survey found Trump had a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bill Clinton in 1992 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state. Trump won Montana by 20 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED NEBRASKA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of the statewide vote in Nebraska as soon as polls closed there, even though election officials had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

A Democrat hasnt won a presidential race in Nebraska since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The news agency called the race for Trump after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

While the AP called the state for Trump, Nebraska is one of two states that dont award electoral votes on a winner take all basis.

Instead, the statewide winner garners two electoral votes, while the winner in each of the states three congressional districts is awarded 1 vote per district they carry.

Trump carried Nebraskas 3rd congressional district. The remaining two have not yet been called.

Trump won Nebraska by about 25 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Joe Biden the winner of New Hampshire at 10:50 p.m. EST, after an analysis of ballots statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding to allow President Donald Trump to catch up.

With 48% of the expected vote counted, Biden led Trump by nearly 9 percentage points or about 33,000 votes out of 382,000 counted.

Completed vote counts in a representative selection of precincts in communities across New Hampshire also showed Biden comfortably ahead of Trump.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics. The survey found Biden with a significant lead in the state.

New Hampshire last voted for a Republican presidential contender in 2004 when George W. Bush was on the ballot. Democrat Hillary Clinton won the state by less than a percentage point in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED NEW JERSEY FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of New Jersey as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Republican presidential candidate hasnt won New Jersey since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the state by 14 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED NEW MEXICO FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of New Mexico as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Trump initially planned to contest New Mexico, which has only voted for a Republican presidential candidate once since 1992, and even held a 2019 rally in Rio Rancho. But the state was not truly within his grasp and his campaign long ago gave up on trying to win it.

Democrats control all statewide offices and both Senate seats, as well as the states three congressional districts.

George W. Bush was the last Republican presidential candidate to win the state in 2004. Hillary Clinton carried New Mexico in 2016 by 8 percentage points.

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WHY AP CALLED NEW YORK FOR BIDEN

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of New York as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Ronald Reagan in 1984 was the last Republican to win the state. Trump, who was raised in Queens and built his personal brand as a brash New York City real estate developer, lost the state by more than 22 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED NORTH DAKOTA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of North Dakota as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state. Trump won North Dakota by 36 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY THE AP CALLED OHIO FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Ohio at 12:17 a.m. EST Wednesday, after an analysis of ballots statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 85% of the expected vote counted, Biden led Trump by roughly 4 percentage points or about 120,000 votes out of 3 million counted. The remaining votes left to be counted in Democratic areas both absentee and provisional ballots were not enough for Biden to overtake Trumps lead.

For a long time, Ohio was the quintessential swing state, which Barack Obama won twice.

Yet Trump carried it by 8 points in 2016. And after Republican wins statewide over the past decade, it has increasingly proven to be out of Democrats reach.

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WHY AP CALLED OKLAHOMA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Oklahoma as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state. Trump carried Oklahoma by 36 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED OREGON FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Oregon as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Republican presidential candidate hasnt won Oregon since Ronald Reagan in 1984, and Democrat Hillary Clinton beat President Donald Trump in the state by 11 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED RHODE ISLAND FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Rhode Island as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

A Republican presidential candidate hasnt won Rhode Island since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Hillary Clinton beat Trump in the state by over 15 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED SOUTH CAROLINA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of South Carolina at 7:53 p.m. EST, after results from early returns and an AP survey of the electorate showed Trump had beaten Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the state.

While only about 3% of the vote had been counted statewide, completed counts in a representative selection of precincts in communities across South Carolina showed Trump comfortably ahead.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics. The survey found Trump with a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

South Carolina hasnt swung for a Democratic presidential contender since the 1976 election of Jimmy Carter, who is from neighboring Georgia. Trump won the state by over 14 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED SOUTH DAKOTA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of South Dakota as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state. Trump won South Dakota by almost 30 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED TENNESSEE FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Tennessee as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bill Clinton in 1996 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win Tennessee. Trump carried the state by 26 percentage points in 2016.

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WHY THE AP CALLED UTAH FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Utah at 11:06 p.m. EST, after an analysis of ballots cast statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding ones to allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to catch up.

With 65% of the expected vote counted, Trump had a 145,000-vote lead over Biden out of roughly 913,000 ballots cast, which amounted to a roughly 16 percentage point lead.

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state. Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Utah by 18 percentage points in 2016, even with Utah-native Evan McMullin appearing on the ballot as a conservative alternative to Trump.

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WHY AP CALLED VERMONT FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Vermont as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend of favoring Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Bidens victory in Vermont is not a surprise: Democrats have won the state in every presidential election since 1992, and it is home to former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the state in 2016 by over 28 percentage points.

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WHY AP CALLED VIRGINIA FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of Virginia at 7:31 p.m. EST, after results from early returns and an AP survey of the electorate showed the former vice president had beaten President Donald Trump in the state.

With about 53% of the vote counted statewide at 11 p.m., completed counts in a representative selection of precincts in communities across Virginia showed Biden comfortably ahead of Trump.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics. The survey found Biden with a substantial lead in the state. VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Trump jumped out to an early lead in Virginia because many Republican counties reported their results first. But much of the remaining ballots left to be counted were cast in population-dense Democratic areas near Washington D.C., including Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Virginia was once solidly Republican, with President George W. Bush winning there as recently as 2004. But explosive growth in northern Virginias Washington, D.C., suburbs has led to an influx of increasingly diverse and Democratic-leaning voters who have helped tip the balance of power.

Democrat Hillary Clinton won Virginia by more than 5 points in 2016. The state has a Democratic governor. And in 2019, Democrats took control of both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in decades.

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WHY AP CALLED WASHINGTON FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Washington state as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend in favor of Democratic presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Its no surprise Biden won Washington state. Democrats control the governors office, the Legislature and both Senate seats.

Though voters there went for Republican presidential candidates in the 1970s and ’80s, left-leaning politics is woven into the states political DNA.

The states population-dense Puget Sound region has long been a hotbed of labor activism. Seattle, the states largest city, was the site of the first general strike of the 20th century in 1919. And Franklin Delano Roosevelts postmaster general, James Farley, once joked in 1936 that there were forty-seven states in the Union, and the Soviet of Washington. Hawaii and Alaska were not yet states at the time.

A Republican presidential candidate hasnt won Washington state since Ronald Reagan in 1984 and Trump lost the 2016 vote by 16 percentage points.

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WHY AP CALLED WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR BIDEN:

The AP declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of Washington, D.C., at 9:26 p.m. EST, after an analysis of ballots cast across the district concluded there were not enough outstanding to allow President Donald Trump to catch up.

With 41% of the expected vote counted, Biden led Trump by roughly 86 percentage points. Those results matched data from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics. The survey found Biden with an overwhelming lead.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

The nations capital has never voted for a Republican since it was granted electoral votes in 1961. Hillary Clinton carried it by over 85 points in 2016.

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WHY AP CALLED WEST VIRGINIA FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of West Virginia as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of voting statistics confirmed expectations that the states longstanding political trend of favoring Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Trump won West Virginia by 42 points in 2016. The last Democratic presidential contender to carry the state was Bill Clinton in 1996.

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WHY AP CALLED WYOMING FOR TRUMP:

The AP declared President Donald Trump the winner of Wyoming as soon as polls closed in the state, even though election officials there had yet to release any results from Tuesdays presidential contest.

The news agency did so after results from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics confirmed expectations the states longstanding political trends in favor of Republican presidential candidates will hold.

VoteCast, the APs wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, captures voters choices and why they made them.

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state. Trump won Wyoming by 47 points in 2016.

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