Joe Biden has been handed a boost in the race for the White House after he was projected to win Arizona.
The key state had favoured Trump in 2016 – meaning it is the first state to ‘flip’ from red to blue overnight.
It makes Biden the first Democrat to win the state since 1996, when Bill Clinton was re-elected.
Winning Arizona gives Biden 11 valuable electoral college votes as both candidates try to reach 270. He also flipped one of Nebraska’s five Electoral College seats from red to blue.
By 8AM GMT neither candidate had yet won the 270 college votes needed to take the presidency, with Joe Biden projected to win 224 and Joe Biden projected to win 213.
Swing states Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were all up for grabs, with full results not expected for days.
Donald Trump falsely claimed he had essentially won several of the swing states despite counting still ongoing, and said he would go to the Supreme Court, adding: “We want all voting to stop.”
Winning Arizona is good news for the former Vice President on a night which saw Trump overperform against polls which predicted he faced a comprehensive defeat.
Fox News was the first to call the state for Biden, reportedly sparking anger in the Trump camp.
CNN’s Jim Acosta said: “Trump advisers say campaign is furious with Fox for its Arizona call for Biden, an indication of how much was riding on the state. “Words cannot describe the anger,” the adviser said.”
Millions of voters put aside worries about Covid-19 – and some long queues – to turn out in person, joining 102 million fellow Americans who voted days or weeks earlier, a record number that represented 73% of the total vote in the 2016 presidential election.
Bullish Lindsey Graham, Republican, who was re-elected to the senate this evening, earlier supporters: “I’ve had two calls already. One from President Trump.
“He’s gonna win. He’s gonna win! To all the pollsters out there, you have no idea what you’re doing.
“And all the liberals in California and New York, you wasted a lot of money. This is the worst return on investment in the history of American politics.”