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Pennsylvania election results: Who will win Pennsylvania? State key to victory

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The race for the White House is on and US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are fighting for the presidency. Pennsylvania has been seen as a key state in this election, with the incumbent visiting the state 13 times while Mr Biden made 16 trips.

Every presidential candidate to win the election has won Pennsylvania since 2008.

In recent polls, Mr Biden has been leading the state and was still on track to get the crucial votes there on election day.

The Democratic Party is hoping they can turn Republican voters to help the clinch to a victory in the state.

Mr Trump received an expected victory there in 2016, when he beat Hillary Clinton in a shock election result.

Who will win Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has swung from being a mainly Republican-leaning state in the 20th century do become a battleground area in the presidential elections.

From 1992 until 2016, Pennsylvania voted Democrat, until Mr Trump managed to win the state back in 2016.

He won the state by a margin of just 0.7 percent, winning in 56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Pennsylvania currently has a split government, with the governor’s office being held by a Democrat Tom Wolf and both houses of the state legislature being controlled by the Republican Party.

In 2008, Barack Obama won the state by a margin of more than 10 percent.

This was the largest victory seen in a presidential election in the state since Richard Nixon’s victory in 1972.

As of 4.30am GMT, 48 percent of the votes have been counted in the state.

Mr Trump currently holds a steady lead of 56.4 percent of the votes, while Mr Biden has 42.2 percent.

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However, it could be a while before a winner is declared in Pennsylvania.

Officials have said they expect most votes will be counted by Friday, November 6.

If there are a significant number of mail ballots outstanding at the end of the night, the reported totals could be relatively stronger for Republicans.

According to Morgan Wright, a former US State Department special advisor and an international expert on security, Pennsylvania could be key to decide the US election results this year.

Mr Wright told Express.co.uk: “It’s shaping up that way.

“We may not know until Friday the results from Pennsylvania.

“There are 20 electoral votes in pay – that is the deciding factor.”

At the moment, punters believe Mr Trump will win the key state.

According to Betfair Exchange, the incumbent President has a 4/6 (60 percent) chance of winning.

Mr Biden’s odds are at 6/4, meaning the Democratic candidate has a 40 percent chance of securing the state.

Betfair spokesman Darren Hughes said: “Many touted Pennsylvania as the single most important state, and it looks like the 20 electoral college votes of the Oil State may yet play a huge role in deciding who wins this election.

“Having spent the week as the underdog, Mr Trump’s stunning performance on Tuesday night drove him into favouritism, and he is currently 4/6 to win this crucial state, which would shut off many of Biden’s paths to the White House.”

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