More television networks have called Arizona for Joe Biden in the presidential race, where he has a lead of 11,000 votes over incumbent President Trump.
The news comes after an audit of more than half of the state’s counties found no evidence of fraud yesterday, in another blow to the Trump campaign.
NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN declared President Elect Biden the winner in the tight race with a lead of more than 11,000 ballots, giving him the state’s 11 electoral votes.
With Arizona flipping Democrat for the first time since voting for Bill Clinton in 1996, Biden’s lead in the electoral college has been strengthened further.
Fox News and The Associated Press called the race in the southwestern state in Biden’s favor on Election Night, incurring the wrath of Trump, but the other outlets held off on declaring a winner until after nine days of ballot counting.
Arizona gives Biden a 290-217 lead over Trump in the Electoral College that ultimately decides the presidency, with 270 needed to win the White House.
Georgia and North Carolina are the only states now to have not been called, with Biden the favourite to take Georgia, giving him the chance to reach 306 Electoral College votes – more than Trump won in 2016.
Despite Biden being declared winner of the election on Saturday, Trump has refused to concede and continues to make baseless claims of election fraud.
President Donald Trump (left) has refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden (right), alleging widespread voter fraud. In Arizona officials found ‘no discrepancies’ when they audited ballots in more than half the counties, including the largest, Maricopa
An official audit of more than half of Arizona’s counties found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in another blow to President Donald Trump’s campaign’s legal and rhetorical push.
Eight of 15 Arizona counties, including Maricopa – the state’s most populated – turned in hand count results and found ‘no discrepancies.’
On Thursday, an Arizona judge blocked ‘evidence’ from being presented by a Trump campaign lawyer, which were affadavits filled out using online forms – and were filled with lies and ‘spam,’ according to Law & Crime.
An official audit of more than half of Arizona’s counties, including the most heavily populated Maricopa, found ‘no discrepancies’
Poll workers take a break in Tucson, Arizona during last Tuesday’s general election. An audit found no instances of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed
Voters in Phoenix, Arizona – which is in Maricopa County – wait to cast their ballots on Election Day, November 3
‘This is concerning,’ said Judge Daniel Kiley of Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located. ‘How is this a reliable process of gathering evidence?’
Trump campaign lawyer Kory Langhofer argued that the online forms used CAPTCHA technology – where users have to identify letters, number or sometimes photos, to prove they’re not bots.
Langhofer said that Trump campaign lawyers then visited witnesses homes – and excluded submissions that included lies.
If the Trump team couldn’t prove an individual was lying they included it in the pile of ‘evidence.’
Kiley, according to Law & Crime, was not convinced.
‘That just shows you cannot disprove what’s asserted,’ he said.
Arizona’s Republican state Attorney General Mark Brnovich poured water on Trump’s allegations of widespread fraud saying to Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network Wednesday that, ‘There is no evidence, there are no facts that would lead anyone to believe that the election results will change.’
‘It does appear that Joe Biden will win Arizona,’ Brnovich said.
Arizona was called on Election Day by The Associated Press and Fox News Channel, but no major networks have made the call since.
However, the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, on his popular @Redistrict Twitterfeed, tweeted Wednesday night that there was no path for Trump to take the lead in Arizona.
It’s one of the swing states that the Trump team has targeted in the aftermath of last Tuesday’s presidential election, as the president continues to refuse to concede.
Trump has ranted about widespread voter fraud in key swing states – but has offered no evidence that would overturn the results of the race.
All the major networks called the election Saturday for Biden, first reporting that he had won Pennsylvania and later Nevada, which gave him the needed 270 Electoral College votes.