টার Reuters Protesters carry the “Trump 2020” flag as Arizona voters gather to cast their ballots for the U.S. presidential election, at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, December 14, 2020. Reuters / Cheney Or
By Nathan Lane
(Reuters) – Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden in Arizona’s most populous county in the 2020 presidential election, a review of Trump’s Republican Party results has been reaffirmed, according to a draft report released by Reuters on Friday.
In the wake of Trump’s false claims of widespread electoral fraud, the report found that Democrat Biden has won Maricopa County despite Trump’s claims. The analysis included an additional vote for Biden and 211 fewer votes for Trump.
After winning Arizona and defeating Trump nationwide, Biden became president on January 20, but Trump’s unfounded claims remain.
In Texas on Thursday, the Secretary of State said the state has begun auditing the presidential election in its four largest counties – Dallas, Harris, Taranto and Colin. Although Trump carried the state, Biden won those three counties under review.
Hours before the announcement, Trump publicly called for an audit of Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
Harris County Election Administrator Isabel Longoria said in a statement that the audit was an “attempt to represent the 2020 election.”
Biden Victory re-established
In Arizona, Biden won by just 10,000 votes, a narrow victory was confirmed by multiple tests after the election for hand counting and accuracy. Biden Maricopa, which includes Phoenix, garnered nearly 45,000 votes, making it critical for Trump’s defeat.
The report confirms that the county’s campaign for the 2020 general election was accurate, with Maricopa County Twitter (NYSE 🙂 saying the review was “filled with errors and flawed conclusions.”
If the decision is confirmed in an official announcement later scheduled for Friday, Trump supporters will be disappointed who pressed for a review, with many expecting it to prove his claim that he was robbed of victory due to widespread fraud.
Trump’s allies saw the review of the election in Arizona as a model of the same investigation as Trump’s defeat in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other battlefield states. Trump himself predicted that the audit would provide evidence to support his claim of fraud. So far no such evidence has been found by Trump or his supporters.
A wide range of election experts, Democrats and some Republican officials rejected the Arizona audit as a highly biased burglary conducted by contractors without relevant expertise and those who went to prove that Trump won, whatever the truth. The chief contractor is a vague organization, Cyber Ninjas, whose chief executive has propagated conspiracy theories about planned fraud in the election.
The audit is marked by practice that critics have described as inappropriate to bizarre, including counters marked with blue ink, which can change how they fall by machine, and workers examine marks of bamboo fibers based on conspiracy theories. Fake ballots may be shipped from Asia.
The make-up of the financial supporters of the audit has also created fear. Outside groups affiliated with supporters of Trump’s efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 election raised ৫ 5.7 million for the audit, which exceeded the িজ 150,000 provided by the Arizona Senate, according to a financial publication in June.
“You don’t have to dig deeper into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate / Cyber Ninja Audit Report that I already knew – candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governors, Secretaries of State and Attorney General – in fact, win,” said Republican Maricopa. Jack Sellers said in a statement.
In a statement, Trump claimed that the review confirmed that fraud had taken place and suggested that the official announcement after Friday would be “very different” from the news report in the draft document.