Joe Biden’s projected win in his native state of Pennsylvania put him past the 270 total electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Before Trump’s 2016 win, the state voted for Democrats in six consecutive presidential elections. The Keystone State was the fourth closest state in the 2016 presidential election. See 2020 primary results
COUNTIES TO WATCH
A solid Democratic bastion, Hillary Clinton won fewer votes in the city of Philadelphia than Barack Obama did in 2012, despite a growing population. Whether Joe Biden will land closer to Obama or Clinton could tell the story of how Pennsylvania goes.
Of the suburban Philadelphia counties, Bucks is the most competitive. In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried it by less than a percentage point, after Barack Obama won it by about 2 points in 2012.
Luzerne County exemplifies the dramatic shift in Northeastern Pennsylvania that the 2016 election brought. After breaking for the Democrats throughout the Bush and Obama years, Donald Trump carried the county by nearly 20 points.
An Obama-Trump county in the northwest corner of the state, it hasn't had the economic growth or revitalization that has come to the state's urban centers. Trump narrowly carried the county, while Obama enjoyed double-digit margins there in both of his runs for the presidency.
In the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Beaver County has broken Republican in the last few presidential elections but Trump's support here was lower than in its neighboring suburban counties.