New Hampshire election results: Joe Biden wins swing state

Democrat will pick up four electoral votes with the win

Danielle Zoellner
New York
Wednesday 04 November 2020 05:29
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Joe Biden is projected to win the state of New Hampshire, according to the Associated Press.

The Democratic challenger will be awareded four electoral votes from the key battleground state.

New Hampshire was a swing state in the 2020 election, with Mr Biden playing defence in the state after Hillary Clinton won it over President Donald Trump during the 2016 election. 

Although it was long considered a battleground, Mr Biden picking up New Hampshire comes as no surprise given the large lead he held in the polls throughout the presidential race. 

Mr Trump attempted to swing the state his way by hosting a campaign rally in Londonderry last month given he only narrowly lost it during the 2016 election. That year, Mrs Clinton beat Mr Trump by about 2,700 votes, which was less than 1 per cent of the 732,000 total ballots cast – making it the second closest race in the presidential election. 

But the effort was futile, as the Democratic stronghold remained in the state.

This win comes after Mr Biden was defeated in the New Hampshire’s Democratic primary in February. The Democratic challenger placed in a dismal fifth place during the primary behind Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. 

Mr Biden then surged ahead during Super Tuesday, which helped him become the Democratic Party’s pick for president. 

The victory in New Hampshire was necessary for Mr Biden on his path to potentially taking the White House. 

Either candidate needs 270 electoral votes in order to win the 2020 presidential election. 

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