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I believe it's because when we find U we're only concerned with the final and initial states. Regardless of how it's calculated or what happens between the initial and final points, we are just concerned with the change in energy.
Delta U can be calculated by adding q and w. Since we are just finding the change in internal energy, delta U can be understood as a state function regardless of what its components might be because we are just concerned with finding the differences between final and initial conditions.
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