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2010 Census Reapportionment: Arizona saw the 2nd largest percentage growth in population over the past decade (about 25%) earning it one additional electoral vote (11 total) through the 2020 presidential election. This is the 6th consecutive Census where Arizona has gained at least one electoral vote.
Arizona joined the Union in February 1912 as the 48th state and final piece of the continental United States. The state has traditionally gone Republican in presidential elections. Except for Bill Clinton’s win in 1996, Arizona has voted Republican since 1952. The Grand Canyon State’s population has grown rapidly in the past half century, and its number of electoral votes has almost tripled from four in 1960. Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by about 9 points in 2012, roughly the same margin-of-victory as that of home state Senator John McCain in 2008.