Joe Biden defeats Trump in Pennsylvania, giving him enough electoral votes to win the presidency

Madison Hall,Bartie Scott,John Haltiwanger
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Former Vice President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania, Decision Desk HQ declared on Friday. Biden's victory in the key battleground state pushes him over the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.

Pennsylvania has voted for a Democrat in seven of the last 12 presidential elections. The state is home to competitive down-ballot races for attorney general and in Pennsylvania's 1st, 8th, and 10th Congressional Districts.

Control over Pennsylvania's state government is split: the governor is a Democrat while the Republicans hold both chambers of the state legislature. In Congress, Pennsylvania's delegation is split: 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The state has 20 electoral votes and was expected by analysts to be competitive.

President Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes in 2016, or less than a percentage point. Winning the state was crucial to Trump's electoral college victory in 2016.

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