Joe Biden was officially named the winner of Arizona by its secretary of state on Monday
Arizona has officially named Joe Biden the winner of its 2020 presidential election race in a fresh blow to President Trump. The Grand Canyon State’s secretary of state Kathy Hobbs confirmed the result on Monday, and awarded Biden her state’s 11 electoral college points.
Hobbs also took aim at President Trump’s repeated claims his loss was the result of electoral rigging, saying: ‘This election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona’s laws and election procedures – despite numerous unfounded claims to the contrary.’
Biden won 10,000 more votes than Trump in Arizona and brought home a total of 1.67million ballots, compared to the 1.66million votes cast for Trump. His victory was largely due to voters in Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, which includes the city of Phoenix.
Biden is the first Democrat presidential candidate to win the traditionally-Republican state since Bill Clinton successful ran for his second term in office in 1996. The state was one of the first called by approved but unofficial forecasters on November 3, the night of the election itself.
Donald Trump, pictured playing golf on Saturday, has repeatedly claimed his election loss was the result of fraud (Picture: AP)
Fox New’s early decision to name Trump as winner in Arizona is said to have infuriated the president, as well as his team, and prompted angry phone calls to Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch to demand that call be rescinded.
Murdoch refused to do so, with Trump also losing the traditionally Republican state of Georgia in this year’s race. That loss marks the first time Georgia has voted for a Democrat president since Bill Clinton in 1992.
President-elect Biden, who will be sworn into office on January 20 2021, also managed to re-take Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The traditionally Democrat states all voted for Trump instead of rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin is also likely to officially certify Biden as its winner on Monday, following a $3million recount paid for by Team Trump.
That recount ended up confirming Biden’s win, and adding another 87 votes onto the 1.63million he received, to Trump’s 1.61million votes.
President Trump continues to insist the election was rigged. He has made unfounded claims about secret counts, and voting machines that had been manipulated to add fraudulent votes to Biden’s tally.
Officials insist the 2020 run-off was actually the fairest and most transparent in United States history. Last week, Trump edged towards a conceding that he had lost – but subsequently backtracked to say he would only accept the result if Biden could produce proof of the 80 million votes he won.
That total is the highest in presidential election history, with the 74 million ballots cast for Trump this year the second-highest of all time.
Unconfirmed results claim Trump will make history by skipping Biden’s inauguration, and instead launch his bid for a 2024 presidential run the same day.
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