Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. maintained a steady but slightly narrowed lead in the number of votes in Arizona after election day, with Latino voters lining up behind the former vice president in a state that President Trump won by three and a half percentage points in 2016.
Early Thursday, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump to Arizona by 68,400 votes, less than three percentage points. In the votes so far for Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, Mr Biden leads by five percentage points, with about 5% of the total votes still pending.
Even Mr Biden’s narrow edge highlighted deep political change in Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold that has shifted to the left in recent years, fueled by rapidly changing demographics and a growing contingent of young Latino voters who favor the liberal policies.
The tally was delayed to the early hours of Thursday, as dozens of Trump supporters demonstrated outside the Maricopa County election office where the votes were counted.
In one of the brightest places for Democrats so far, former astronaut Mark Kelly defeated Republican State Senator Martha McSally in a special election, making Mr Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema the first Democratic couple to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s.