Donald Trump wins battleground North Carolina

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 North Carolina, in 2008.

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 needed to clinch the election.

Feature photo: President Donald J. Trump speaks to a large crowd of supporters in Fayetteville, N.C., Sept 19, 2020 ~ Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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