On the Friday morning after the election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona’s battleground state was outstanding at 47,000 votes. But by the night of the same day, his lead had shrunk to 31,000. By Saturday night, it had gone down to 18,713 votes.
According to historian and former professor Larry Schweikart, there were around 200,000 remaining votes to be counted. Schweikart tweeted that it is “Quite doable, esp at rates they’ve been coming in for Trump.”
He added that Governor Richard Baris “Says @govdougducey has done a stellar job in making sure we have a firm count on how many ballots are outstanding, so they can’t keep coming up with ‘more ballots.’ Says Trump should win AZ by 6,000.”
Different media outlets update their data at different times of the day, so it can be confusing to figure out the truth.
One instance was when CNN’s Anderson Cooper told the viewers that Biden was ahead of Trump by 47,000 votes on Friday morning. We also didn’t know then what percentage of the ballots had already been counted.
But on the same day, at around 11:53 am, CNN posted data that provided a more complete picture. The difference had gone down to 43,779 votes, a margin of 1.4 percent, and the data also showed that 93 percent of the ballots had already been counted.
On Sunday morning, RealClearPolitics showed that the gap had narrowed to 18,713, a margin of 0.62 percent and that 96 percent of the votes had been counted.
By comparing CNN’s data posted at 11:53 am on Friday to RCP’s Sunday data, we see that 3 percent of the new votes had netted 25,066 votes.
On Saturday night, Townhall’s Bronson Stocking wrote that not only could we see a recount on the state, but “perhaps a recanvasing following issues surrounding voting machines and other irregularities.”
Schweikart explained that a recanvass is “a review/test of all machines for error. A recount may get votes, but it recounts fraud votes.”
On Saturday, Trump’s legal team filed a lawsuit in Arizona, alleging that election officials in Maricopa County “incorrectly rejected votes cast by in-person voters on Election Day.”
The lawsuit also stated that “numerous voters” had trouble submitting:
Trump’s 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan released a statement on Saturday saying that “Poll workers struggled to operate the new voting machines in Maricopa County, and improperly pressed and told voters to press a green button to override significant errors. The result is that the voting machines disregarded votes cast by voters in person on Election Day in Maricopa County.”
It’s not yet over for Trump in Arizona.
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