Joe Biden 'wins' Arizona in first major state flip of US election

Joe Biden 'wins' Arizona in first major state flip of US election

JOE BIDEN appears to have secured victory in Arizona as the state looks set to be the first major flip of the 2020 election.

Biden is projected to secure around 51% of the vote, with Trump picking up just 47%, but with just over 80% of votes counted, nothing is absolutely certain yet.

The winner of Arizona will receive 11 Electoral College votes, which could be hugely significant for either candidate's chances of winning the election.

It's been deemed one of the key battlegrounds of the election, along with the likes of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which are likely to decide the result.

Traditionally a Republican stronghold, Arizona was won narrowly by Donald Trump in 2016's election, but it looks as if the Democrats have won it back, following two successive wins for Barack Obama in the state in 2008 and 2012.

Due to Arizona's growing hispanic demographic and shrinking rural population, residents are voting increasingly for the Democrats.

This morning, Biden urged patience among his supporters, insisting while the vote was still far too close to call, he was confident of becoming the next president of the United States.

"I'm here to tell you tonight, we believe we're on track to win this election," Biden said.

"We knew because of the unprecedented early vote,  and the mail-in vote, that it's going to take a while, we're going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished, and it ain't over until every vote is counted."