Arizona has now been called for Joe Biden- he’s the first Democrat to win it since 1996. Georgia is outstanding, pending the hand recount. V difficult to see Biden’s margin of 14000+. Trump likely to win NC.

So Biden will flip/is likely to flip 5 states and NE2. Heading for 306.
To be clear, flipping Arizona is a big, big deal. It’s been a GOP stronghold for a long, long time. The home of Barry Goldwater and of course, John McCain. It’s voted Democratic only twice since 1948.
Question(and worry) for Republicans is whether this is just a blip, spurred partially by Trump’s attitude to their favourite son McCain or whether it’s about longer term demographic change, making AZ more like other states in the region which have been trending Democratic.
Given what’s been happening in Senate races and the like, I’d say it’s more of the latter.

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UPDATE: Georgia has now been called for Biden. First Democrat to have carried the state since 1992

The map is complete. Final tally 306-232. Exact mirror image of 2016. Image
Last Democrat to carry both Arizona and Georgia was Harry Truman in 1948. Image
Reminder, this is how one of the President’s top advisers described the President’s 2016 306-232 win.
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