Fox News on Tuesday supported their decision to declare a victory for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Arizona, despite the backlash from President Donald Trump’s campaign.
During his speech on election night, Fox News decision desk director Arnon Mishkin was asked about his call in Arizona and asked if he was 100% sure of his call, to which he responded “absolutely”.
“It has been clear for some time that the former vice president is at the top in Arizona and is the most likely to win the state,” Mishkin said in his response. “I think we have heard from the White House that they expect to get only 61 percent of the outstanding votes and their 870,000 outstanding votes, and they will get that. That is not true. The reality is that they will probably only get about 44 percent of the outstanding votes there. We are in a race right now where Biden gets 53 percent and Trump 46 percent of the votes.
Mishkin continued, “I’m sorry, the president will not be able to take power and win enough votes to eliminate the seven-point lead that the former vice president has.
Mishkin’s comments came shortly after Trump’s campaign, and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also criticized the call, saying it was too early.
“It is far too early to call the Arizona election,” Ducey wrote in an early Wednesday morning tweet, “the votes on election day are not fully reported, and we have not even begun counting the early ballots cast in the election. In AZ, we have protected election day. Let us count the votes – all the votes – before we make statements.
Jason Miller, senior consultant for Trump’s re-election campaign, also criticized the decision, saying, “We believe that more than 2/3 of the outstanding voters will be for Trump on election day. I can’t believe that Fox was so anxious to pull the trigger here after it took so long to call Florida. Wow.”
Fox News’ call to Arizona gives Biden 11 votes in the election and his anticipated victory makes him the first Democrat to win the state since Bill Clinton’s victory in 1996.
In addition to Fox News’ projection, the news station also predicted Democratic Mark Kelly’s victory over incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally in the state Senate race.
Washington Newsday asked Trump’s campaign for a comment, but received no response prior to publication.