With about 93 percent of the state’s votes reported shortly after 10 p.m. Eastern Time, Fox News projected Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton the winner of Virginia’s presidential race.
Virginia’s 13 electoral votes were up for grabs in the presidential contest with just a few points separating Trump and Clinton throughout much of the general-election season.
Less than 20,000 votes separated the two candidates at the time the race was called, with Clinton showing a roughly 1-point advantage over her rival.
A state once reliably Republican in presidential elections, Virginia had not gone to a Democratic nominee since 1964 until President Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012.
With a growing population and changing demographic, Democrats in the state have celebrated what they see as the increasing likelihood Virginia will soon be a solidly blue state.
“Every year Virginia moves further away from Republicans,” said Democratic Virginia state Sen. Scott Surovell. “No question about it. It’s further and further out of reach.”
The latest polling trends showed Clinton maintaining a comfortable lead in the race statewide, with much of southern Virginia favoring the GOP nominee.
Trump made a final appeal to voters in Virginia, showing up almost three hours late after a busy campaign day Sunday to address a Leesburg crowd in the wee hours of Monday morning.
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