Can Trumpf win the presidency without Arizona?


As votes continue to be counted in the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump is focusing on securing victories over Democratic candidate Joe Biden in several states, including Arizona.

On Wednesday night, Biden had more ways – 27 – to win the election than his Republican opponent. Trump will have to win four out of five remaining states to secure a second term in the White House.

Fox News and Associated Press have already called for Biden’s victory in Arizona, but a recent data error in the state vote count gives Trump new hope. The error made it appear that 98 percent of the Arizona vote had been counted, but in reality the figure was closer to 86 percent.

According to the Times’ interactive chart, Trump has only one way to win the presidency without securing victory in Arizona: The incumbent Republican president would have to defeat Biden in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada

By Wednesday night, Trump had received 214 votes according to the Associated Press, compared to 264 votes from Biden.

Trump needs 56 votes from the electoral college to get the 270 votes needed to win the four states. A victory in each state would give Trump 57 votes, including 20 from Pennsylvania, 16 from Georgia, 15 from North Carolina and six from Nevada.

According to the AP, Trump currently leads Biden in three out of four of the states required for victory, excluding Arizona.

In Georgia, Trump currently leads by 0.8 points, with 98 percent of the votes reported. In North Carolina, he leads with 1.4 points and 94 percent of the reported votes. And in Pennsylvania, Trump leads by 3 points, with 89 percent of the reported votes.

Meanwhile in Nevada, the fourth state Trump needs for a presidential victory without Arizona, the president is currently 0.6 points behind Biden. According to the AP, 75 percent of the votes in Nevada were registered.

If Trump can win a victory in Arizona, the road to the presidency will be somewhat easier for him, since he does not need a victory in Nevada, where he is currently trailing.

In the 2016 elections, Trump won Arizona by 3.6 points over Hillary Clinton and eventually emerged as the winner of the presidential race.

Washington Newsday asked Trump’s campaign for a comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.


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