The Republican governor of Arizona announced that we are “following established Arizona election law to the letter,” following President Trump’s White House statement tonight claiming the election was being stolen from him.
“In Arizona, we count votes received up until Election Day. That’s it,” in a written statement Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said. “No judges have intervened, and no last-minute changes have been enacted.”
I want to thank the voters of Arizona for having patience. I encourage media outlets, cable news and national pundits to do the same, and avoid the temptation to declare a winner until our Arizona election officials have finished their jobs. 1/3
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) November 6, 2020
Though President is demanding “stop counting” in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Contrary Trump campaign has pushed for vote counting to continue in Arizona as they hope to take a significant lead here over Joe Biden.
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“We’ve seen dramatic changes to races up and down the ballot since Tuesday night, including for President,” Gov. Ducey said. “All of this underlines the importance of not jumping to conclusions in the state of Arizona until there is a final outcome in all counties.”
Counting stopped in Georgia
At least three counties across Georgia have stopped counting ballots for the night, county officials told media Thursday evening.
This includes Cobb County, an Atlanta suburb where Hillary Clinton won by a small margin in 2016 and Taylor County, located roughly 100 miles south of Atlanta.
Gwinnett County, the second-largest county in the state, has stopped counting ballots for the evening and plan to update their results to Georgia’s Secretary of State website on Friday morning.
A matter of when-not-if
In the final hours of Thursday night, with Joe Biden continuing to close in on President Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the former vice president’s campaign is projecting confidence.
The campaign believes it is simply a matter of when – not if – the race will be called for Biden.
“We are confident that we’re going to pass 270,” said one Biden official late Thursday night.
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Trump’s speech tonight from the White House filled with lies about the democratic vote-tallying process unfolding across the country only appears to have fuelled the Biden team’s confidence, with one official calling the remarks “baseless and a sure sign he’s losing.”