Donald Trump wins battleground state of North Carolina

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LUMBERTON, NC – OCTOBER 24: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a crowd during a campaign rally on October 24, 2020 in Lumberton, North Carolina. President Trump has expressed his support for the Lumbee Indian people to be recognized on a federal level. President Trump continues to campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading up to the November 3rd Election Day. (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump has won the presidential battleground of North Carolina over Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump campaigned aggressively in North Carolina with in-person rallies at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden frequently criticized Trump’s decision to hold those rallies and the president’s handling of the virus.

Former President Barack Obama was the most recent Democrat to win the presidential race in North Carolina.

Biden’s campaign hoped the counting of as many as 116,000 mail-in absentee ballots in subsequent days would overwhelmingly swing in his favor, but he fell short. Regardless, Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania on Saturday propelled him past the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election.

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