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Trump wins Arizona, picks up 11 more electoral votes

Posted at 6:03 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 06:57:53-05

Donald Trump won Arizona's presidential contest and its 11 electoral votes Thursday after the latest count put him over the top, extending a long GOP winning streak in the conservative state.

The Republican president-elect had a solid lead over Hillary Clinton on Election Night, but a winner was not declared because there were so many uncounted votes - more than 600,000. The latest batch of returns tabulated Thursday made him the clear winner.
It marks a two-decade winning streak for Republican presidential candidates in Arizona. Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to take the state, prevailing in 1996. Before him, Harry S. Truman was the last Democrat to win here.
Hillary Clinton was closer to gaining Arizona than Barack Obama, who lost by more than 9 percentage points during his two runs for president. She was losing by 4 points.
Arizona was one of three races that had yet to be determined from Tuesday's election. Michigan and New Hampshire remain too close to call.
Trump made several campaign swings through Arizona and capitalized on Republicans' dislike of Clinton and their frustration over illegal immigration, vowing to build a wall along the border.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Gov. Jan Brewer were some of his most vocal backers, especially on immigration issues. Gov. Doug Ducey was among those who introduced him at rallies and urged Arizonans to vote for the celebrity businessman.
For her part, Clinton sought to tap into frustrations among Latinos over Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and a favorable ballot that included a minimum wage increase and Arpaio's bid for a seventh term as sheriff of metro Phoenix. Many Hispanics reviled Arpaio over his immigration raids.
Democrat Paul Penzone beat the longtime sheriff handily in their race.