President Donald Trump is disrupting the lead of former Vice President Joe Biden in Arizona, raising the possibility that he might take power, giving him some breathing room in his bathtub to be president.
CNN analysts say new Maricopa County data shows Trump is gaining an edge over Biden and, if the votes continue that way, could even “meet and beat” Joe Biden in state. Joe Biden is still winning the county, with 51.4 percent of the vote in the county but around 200,000 votes are still reported.
“Trump has met the thresholds he needs at least to pull in evenly,” CNN said. “The biggest question is what remains.” Both campaigns will have a strong sense of the structure of the votes still going on, with the analysis of previous voting data, CNN said “Operation Biden says they are satisfied.”;
Until the recent results, Joe Biden was comfortably ahead in the state with 55% of the popular vote but now it is around 50.5%, with Trump around 48.1%. About 15% of the votes were still reported.
On Tuesday night, the Associated Press and Fox News phoned Arizona’s Biden, giving him 11 electoral college votes. With Arizona in Biden’s corner, Trump must win over all the remaining five states, including Nevada that is leaning towards Biden, but the presidential campaign prompted stores to pull back on calling Arizona before all votes are counted.
Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, posted on Twitter: “No news agency should stand on a so-called race in Arizona.” “This is not over yet.” The tide began to change in Trump’s favor on Wednesday night. Unofficial results from 9pm, the East gave Trump 43,966 additional votes and Biden 30,322, bringing Biden’s lead in the state down from 92,817 to 79,173.
It put Biden at 1,469,341 statewide votes and Trump at 1,400,951 with 86 percent of the reported votes, according to The New York Times, with Biden having 50.5% of the vote and Trump with 48.1%.
Representative Andy Biggs posted on Twitter: “HUGE benefits to President Donald Trump in Maricopa County, Arizona”. “He’s following less than 80,000 votes currently in STATEWIDE. There are hundreds of thousands of votes left in stock.”
With Arizona coming to Biden, as has been called by some networks, the Democratic candidate is only six votes away from the 270 threshold to become president of the United States. In that scenario, Trump would have to win the remaining five states – Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska – to win the election, while Biden would only need Nevada, a Democratic-leaning state.
However, if Trump guarantees victory in Arizona, that would take Biden far from the 270-vote target spot and mean Trump could sacrifice Nevada and still have a path to victory.
As happened across the country, voters did not fully trust the validity of the elections in Arizona. Voters were concerned about the accuracy of the vote count after people posted on social media that they were given a Sharpie marker to fill out their ballot and the ink made it invalid.
Clint Hickman, Chairman of the Maricopa County Supervisory Board and Steve Gallardo, the District 5 Supervisor, repelled “viral misinformation about the integrity of euro elections” and said Sharpies “did not do. invalidation of ballots. “
“We have extensively tested various inks with our new voting panel device,” the two officials said in a statement. “Offset columns on the ballot guarantee that any omission will not affect your vote.”
The reason behind using Sharpies is that they deliver the fastest drying inks, and officials reiterated that those who vote by mail can use Sharpies and blue or black pens. They also denied that changing the outcome in the vote count was a case of “fraud”, saying it was actually “proof of democracy”.