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AP projects Biden wins Virginia

Joe Biden, winner of Virginia vote for President
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Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 7:41 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in Virginia in the race for president.

The state contributes 13 votes to the Electoral College. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.

The AP declared Joe Biden the winner of Virginia 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. While only about 10% of the vote had been counted statewide when AP called the race, completed counts in a representative selection of precincts across Virginia showed Biden comfortably ahead of Trump.

Those results matched data from AP VoteCast and an analysis of early voting statistics. Trump had an early lead because many Republican counties reported their results first. But much of the ballots left to be counted were in population-dense Democratic areas near Washington D.C.

Trump made noise about carrying Virginia, doing a quick campaign rally at the Newport News airport in September that drew thousands of supporters. Overall, though, the state was not a focus of either campaign.

Republicans last won the presidential election here in 2004, when President George W. Bush defeated challenger John Kerry.

While Virginia was considered a swing state as recently as 2012, it has trended sharply toward Democrats over the past decade. Republicans have not won statewide in Virginia since 2009.