A vote-counting error in Arizona has revived President Donald Trump’s hopes of winning the state in his efforts to re-elect.
The data error identified by the New York Times made it appear that a higher percentage of votes had been counted in Arizona. The error said that 98 percent of the votes had been counted, while the reality was closer to 86 percent.
Arizona became a state to watch on election night when a number of media organizations, including Associated Press and Fox News, named the historically Republican state for Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Republicans, including Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, pushed for a withdrawal, saying it was “far too early.
But Fox News stood behind his demand. “I’m sorry, the president won’t be able to take power and win enough votes to eliminate the seven-point lead of the former vice president,” said Arnon Mishkin, director of the FOX News Decision Desk, during an early Wednesday broadcast.
The mistake has given the GOP hope that Trump could take over the 11 Arizona votes after all. Steve Cortes, Trump’s senior strategy consultant, twittered that the campaign remains “confident of an Arizona victory for President Trump.
“Yuma County (SW corner), is 60% Hispanic, and Trump won there by 8%, for a total of 53-45%,” Cortes wrote on Twitter. “Trump’s massive upswing in Latinos could well consolidate his re-election!
The mistake also means another estimated 440,000 votes from the districts that Trump won in 2016. Four years ago, Trump won the state by about 4 points ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton. According to the Times, there are still about 80,000 votes from Arizona’s boroughs to be reported, who voted for Clinton in 2016.
Arizona was not one of the states the Biden campaign was convinced of, but if Biden succeeds in winning the state, he will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to do so since Bill Clinton in 1996.
Arizona native Kristin Urquiza, who spoke at this year’s Democratic Convention, may have played a crucial role in getting state voters to vote for Biden after she spoke of losing her father to COVID-19.
“My father was a healthy 65 year old,” Urquiza said in her speech. “His only condition was trust in Donald Trump, and he paid for it with his life.
Other stations have refrained from calling Arizona so early.
Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for a comment….