Arizona’s Republican attorney general sounded confident there were few, if any, anomalies in his state’s election and said he expected Joe Biden to win the state’s presidential vote.
Mark Brnovich, who on Friday told Newsmax TV that he expected President Donald Trump to win the vote, on Wednesday appeared on the Fox Business channel to say that with 50,000 votes remaining, Trump would need 65% of that to overtake Biden — and he didn’t think it would happen.
Brnovich said his office received more than 1,000 complaints after the election about ballots being disqualified or voided because of Sharpie felt tip pens that were distributed to mark the ballots. He said his office investigated and was confident nobody’s ballot went uncounted because of it.
While Trump campaign officials have sued claiming thousands of ballots were voided in Maricopa County around Phoenix because of issues including ''overvotes'' — meaning they were disqualified because more than one candidate was marked in the same race — local officials claim the number is 180.
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Brnovich endorsed the Maricopa officials’ claim and said his office conducted random audits and found no problems.
''They also did a random audit of 2% of the precincts and it came back 100%, that there wasn’t any statistical anomalies or errors,'' he said.
''The reality is right now, there’s less than 50,000 votes to count, and the president would have to get about 65% of them to win Arizona. So, it does appear Joe Biden will win Arizona.''
Brnovich said he believed that considering other Republican victories in local elections and in House races, where some incumbent Democrats were defeated, he was convinced that many voters split their tickets and simply did not vote for Trump or incumbent Sen. Martha McSally.
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