President Donald Trump's vote deficit in Arizona has narrowed, with a recent tally reported from the state's largest county showing that Democratic challenger Joe Biden's lead in the battleground has shrunk to around 68,390 votes.
According to an Associated Press tally, with 88 percent reporting, Biden has 1,469,341 votes in all of Arizona, while Trump has 1,400,951, a difference of 68,390 votes. The tally is based on a total of 2,910,677 votes, with Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen receiving 39,761 votes.
The Maricopa County announcement came as Trump supporters converged on a vote-counting center in Phoenix, chanting "stop the steal!" in reference to the president's claims of election fraud. Trump has insisted that there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting, especially with mail-in votes, while Republicans filed suits in various states over the election.
Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, joined the crowd, declaring: “We're not going to let this election be stolen. Period.”
“Vote counting is not a Republican or Democrat issue; everyone should want all the votes to be counted, whether they were mailed or cast in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, the GOP chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Democratic Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “An accurate vote takes time. ... This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”
If Trump secures the four states, he would win reelection with 281 Electoral College votes. No news outlets or organizations have called the states for Trump.
About an hour prior to Trump's statement, Biden held a news conference, in which he did not declare victory, but asserted, “When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winner.”