As of Saturday night, Democrat Joe Biden’s more than 100,000-vote election night lead in Arizona had dwindled to less than 19,000 as ballot-counting nears the finish, but it is unclear whether President Donald Trump can retake the lead in that state and regain the 11 electoral votes some media outlets have currently declared for Biden.
Both Fox News and the Associated Press called the state for Biden on election night, but others have not yet called it because it’s still too close, in their estimation.
There are about 75,000 ballots left to count in the state, NBC 12 News said on Saturday night. It was unclear how many of the ballots were provisional ones, which won’t be counted until next week.
Election results don’t need to be certified for another 20 days. Republicans are hoping Trump will retake the lead in the state, but results will be close enough that either side could request a statewide recount and delay a final count even further.
Most of the remaining votes are in Maricopa County, which favors Trump, but many may be in Phoenix, which may favor Biden.
Trump won Arizona by 3.5 points in 2016, and the state has traditionally voted Republican. In this election though, Cindy McCain campaigned hard against Trump because of his clashes with her late husband, Sen. John McCain.
When Trump was a primary candidate in 2015, he criticized McCain, even poking at his status as a former prisoner of war by saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Along with other prominent anti-Trump Republicans, Cindy McCain endorsed Biden in the race.
She admitted that her late husband and Biden had “passionate” disagreements in the Senate, but used the excuse of Trump’s alleged comments about fallen service members to join the Democrats. Those comments were alleged by anonymous sources, and multiple witnesses, including Trump critic John Bolton, went on the record to deny the report.
How will it end?
Trump has not conceded the election, and his legal team is pushing lawsuits in multiple states over voting irregularities.
“This election is not over,” Trump 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement. “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”
In a statement released by his campaign, Trump emphasized that “this is about the integrity of our entire election process.” The president is also fighting to regain a lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania and has challenged results in Michigan and Wisconsin after irregularities were reported there as well.