President Donald Trump chops off the leadership of former Vice President Joe Biden in Arizona and raises the possibility that he could take over the state, giving him some breathing room in his bathroom for the presidency.
CNN analysts said new data from Maricopa County shows that Trump is gaining ground against Biden and, if the vote continues, could even “hit and beat” Joe Biden in the state. Joe Biden still wins the county, with 51.4 percent of the votes in the county, but about 200,000 votes are still to be reported.
“Trump has reached the thresholds he needs to be at least balanced,” CNN said. “The biggest question is the composition of what remains.” Both campaigns will have a strong sense of the composition of what’s left over, with analysis of previous election data that CNN says “The Biden campaign says they have a good feeling about it.
Until the latest results were available, Joe Biden was comfortably in the lead in this state with 55 percent of the vote, but now that figure is about 50.5 percent, while Trump is about 48.1 percent. About 15 percent of the votes are still to be reported.
On Tuesday night Associated Press and Fox News called Arizona for Biden and gave him 11 votes from the electoral college. With Arizona in the corner of Biden, Trump must win all five remaining states, including Nevada, which tends to go to Biden, but the President’s campaign urged outlets to withdraw the Arizona call before all the votes were counted.
“No news station should stand by a called race in Arizona,” Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump campaign, wrote on Twitter. “This is not over.” The tide began to turn in Trump’s favor on Wednesday night. Unofficial results from 9:00 p.m. Eastern gave Trump 43,966 additional votes and Biden 30,322, reducing Biden’s state lead from 92,817 votes to 79,173.
This gave Biden 1,469,341 votes nationwide and Trump 1,400,951 votes. According to the New York Times, 86 percent of the votes were reported, with Biden receiving 50.5 percent of the votes and Trump 48.1 percent.
“Huge gains for President Donald Trump in Maricopa County, Arizona,” Congressman Andy Biggs wrote on Twitter. “He is now trailing STATIVE with less than 80,000 votes. There are hundreds of thousands of votes outstanding”.
With Arizona going to Biden, as some networks have called it, the Democratic candidate is only six votes away from the 270 vote threshold to become President of the United States. In this scenario, Trump needs to win the five remaining states – Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska – to win the election, while Biden only needs Nevada, a state that is democratically oriented.
But if Trump were to win Arizona, it would move Biden further away from the 270-vote goalpost, and Trump could sacrifice Nevada and still have a way to win.
As has been the case throughout the country, voters do not have full confidence in the validity of the Arizona election. Voters were concerned about the accuracy of the count after people announced in social media that they had received a Sharpie marker to fill out their ballot and the ink made it invalid.
Clint Hickman, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Steve Gallardo, Supervisor of District 5, urged the “dissemination of misinformation about the integrity of the Euro elections” and said that Sharpie’s “markers do not invalidate ballots.
“We have conducted extensive testing with our new vote tabulation equipment using several different types of ink,” the two officials said in a statement. “The staggered columns on the ballots ensure that blood flow does not affect your voice.
The reason for using bullets was that they provide the fastest drying ink, and the officials repeated that people who vote by mail can use bullets and blue or black pens. They also denied that changing the results of the vote count was a case of “fraud” and said it was actually “proof of democracy”.