Dozens of Donald Trump supporters gathered on a key battlefield Arizona vote counting center as election officials continued to scrutinize untold ballots with local deputy sheriffs glued outside.
The protesters, some of which were reported by local television network ABC 15 Arizona, were armed, attempted to push inside the center on Wednesday night before being asked to leave. They appear to be a mixture of Trump supporters and some familiar far-right figures at state rallies.
Arizona has been dubbed the Democratic challenger Joe Biden by some media outlets, who holds the lead in the state. But Trump̵7;s campaign has been trying to claim they have votes to surpass Biden, who is leading 69,000, according to the most recent vote count.
In contrast to the pro-Trump rallies witnessed in Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump supporters called for a halt to the vote count, Phoenix protests chanted “Stop stealing!” and emphasizes that the remaining votes are tabulated.
The situation in Arizona was compounded by the decision of Fox News and the Associated Press – who were used by the Guardian to call the state for Biden on Wednesday when hundreds of thousands of votes were still counted.
On Wednesday night, with the shrinking Biden’s lead in the state, a statistically new batch of 74,000 votes from Maricopa County, which benefits Trump 59% to 41%, was announced.
However, the remaining votes to be counted, mainly coming from the Democratic Pima county, are believed to be in Biden’s favor. The next Maricopa County update will arrive after 9pm ET on Thursday.
Despite Trump’s election campaign insisting that the untolded votes could shake Arizona, other observers were skeptical. Washington Post analyst Philip Bump suggests that even if the advantage for Trump in the last announced vote holds for the rest of the untold votes, it could “narrow down. most – though not all – of the existing “distance.
The protests at the Maricopa district election center in downtown Phoenix came when Trump falsely asserted that there were major problems with voting and counting votes, especially with mail ballots and when the party Republicans filed lawsuits in different states over elections.
Dressed in Trump’s clothes, the Phoenix protesters filled the bulk of the parking lot at the election center and members of the crowd shouted, “Fox News is bad!” in rage over the net claiming Biden as the winner in Arizona.
Representative Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican and loyal Trump supporter, joined the crowd, stating: “We will not let this election be stolen. Stage = Stage. “
However, observers from both major political parties are present inside the election center as the ballots are processed and tally, and the process is streamed at all times.
Several deputy sheriffs blocked the building’s entrance and counting continued overnight, Maricopa County elections spokesman Megan Gilbertson said.
Two top county officials – one from the Democratic Party and the other from the Republican Party – released a statement expressing concern over how misinformation about the integrity of the election process was spread. .
“Everyone should want all the votes to be counted, whether they are mailed or in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, GOP chairman of the Maricopa County supervisory board and the Democrat supervisor. owner Steve Gallardo. “A precise vote takes time … This is proof of democracy, not fraud.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article