Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said that “it looks like Joe Biden is going to win the state’s popular and electoral votes,” and essentially announced the victory of the Democratic President-elect, despite President Donald Trump’s claims that a final testing of the votes would show him as the state’s winner.
“The reality is that there are less than 50,000 votes to be counted right now, and the president would have to receive about 65 percent of those votes to win Arizona,” Brnovich said Wednesday in an interview with Fox business presenter Neil Cavuto. “So it seems that Joe Biden will win Arizona.”
After Election Day, Arizona Republican voters claimed that the polling officials had instructed them to use Sharpies, black permanent markers with felt pens, when filling out their ballots, and claimed that the markers bled through the ballot, making their ballots unreadable to the voting machines.
Brnovich told Cavuto that he had examined the more than 1,000 claims on this matter, which became known as “Sharpiegate,” and determined that the use of Sharpies had not affected the counting of votes.
Facebook’s fact-checkers marked social media videos and claims about Sharpiegate as “false information,” according to Reuters, and also blocked the #sharpiegate hashtag.
Brnovich also mentioned that a lawsuit from the Trump campaign, in which 180 ballots in the Maricopa district were contested, contained irregularities that made it unclear which presidential candidate the voter had chosen.
Brnovich said that his state conducted a 2 percent spot check of the votes in the district named in the complaint and determined with 100 percent certainty that there were no statistical anomalies or errors that affected the votes.
“We are literally talking about less than 200 votes where there are doubts,” Brnovich said. “So the reality is this: Even if it were possible that those 200 voices could turn those 200 voices around, I don’t think it will make a difference in Arizona, if only because of the numbers.
Brnovich also said that conspiracies about electoral fraud that will cause Trump to lose Arizona make no sense because many Democratic and local candidates have also lost their races against Republican challengers. Rather, Brnovich said that many voters would likely vote a split vote, supporting Biden while voting locally for Republicans.
When Cavuto called Brnovich a brave man for making his statement on the show, Brnovich replied: “I’m not in this job to make friends or whatever you want to call it. My job is to do the right thing for the people of Arizona and to make sure that the laws are obeyed.
Brnowitsch’s statements contrast with those of Trump, who wrote in a November 11 tweet: “From 200,000 votes to less than 10,000 votes. If we can verify the total number of votes cast, we will easily win Arizona too!
Washington Newsday reached out to the Trump campaign for comment….