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Multiple networks have called the state of Nevada for former Vice President Joe Biden in a result that was widely expected. The Democrat takes Nevada’s six electoral college votes.

The Associated Press called the entire race for Biden on Saturday.

President Donald Trump was facing an uphill battle in Nevada, which hasn’t voted for a Republican since George W. Bush in 2004. The state was placed in the “Leans Biden” category throughout the campaign.

The state has previously been seen as an electoral bellwether. Voters there backed every winning presidential candidate from 1976 to 2016, when Nevada opted for the losing candidate for the first time in 40 years.

Trump was the first Republican nominee since 1908 to win the presidency without carrying Nevada. His narrow wins in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin meant he did not need the Silver State’s electoral college votes.

Poll tracker FiveThirtyEight gave Biden a lead in Nevada of 6.1 percent on October 29 and the Democrat enjoyed polling leads there through most of September and October.

His lead had fluctuated over the final weeks of the campaign, however. It fell from a high of 6.8 percent on October 12.

FiveThirtyEight also showed Biden leading nationally by an average of 8.8 percent on October 29. The RealClearPolitics polling average had showed Biden up four points in Nevada up to October 29, while RCP put Biden ahead 7.8 percent nationally.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Nevada in 2016 with 47.9 percent of the vote to Trump’s 45.5 percent.

Libertarian candidate Governor Gary Johnson won 3.3 percent of the vote in Nevada, performing better there than in most states. He had served as governor of New Mexico.

Nevada’s six electoral college votes are unlikely to be decisive. The next occupant of the White House will be decided by outcomes in crucial swing states such as Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

The state was a GOP stronghold for many years, backing Republicans from 1968 through the 1970s and 1980s. Voters there opted for Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 and after 2008 the state became more reliably Democratic.

Changes in Nevada’s electoral trajectory have been attributed to its growing population, which has tripled since 1980, thanks in large part to people moving there from other states.

It was the nation’s fastest-growing state in 2018 and the population passed three million, with help from Californians relocating there.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the last debate between the two candidates before the election on November 3. Polls showed Biden leading in Nevada.
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