Republicans in Arizona’s most populated county are calling for the resignation of Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, the Washington Examiner reports, following the release of results from a GOP-backed audit there of the 2020 presidential election.
The Arizona Senate unveiled on Friday the results of the audit out of Maricopa County, which confirmed that President Joe Biden had beat former President Donald Trump in Arizona.
“A fracture in our party”
Ward is being pressured to resign because she supported Trump’s assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, and because the audit results appear to show this claim isn’t true. Ironically, Ward was instrumental in making the audit happen.
Among those Republicans calling for Ward’s resignation is Clint Hickman, a supervisor on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
“She has caused a fracture in our party,” Hickman alleged in a tweet, according to the Examiner. “She has operated outside of it for the purpose of helping herself.”
Similarly, another Republican supervisor, Bill Gates, said: “I stand [with] my colleague here calling for [Ward]’s resignation. The [Arizona GOP]’s done nothing but push lies about our electoral system, ignore down-ballot races, [and] lose federal [and] state elections under her leadership.”
Notably, Ward and Republicans on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been at odds since before the audit even began.
“Supported by the evidence”
At the moment, it doesn’t look as though Ward will be going anywhere. But only time will tell.
In the meantime, while the review out of Maricopa doesn’t prove Trump won Arizona, as he has long claimed, it has called into question some 49,000 votes that were cast in the 2020 race. The reasons range from votes being cast by people who moved to the number of duplicate ballots not lining up with the number of original ballots.
It is important to note that 49,000 is roughly five times Biden’s margin of victory over Trump in the state.
Senate President Karen Fann (R) has forwarded the audit report to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), saying that there are “urgent issues” that need to be addressed.
Brnovich, for his part, has said that he will “take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority.”