President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. narrowly won Arizona, capturing the state’s 11 electoral votes and strengthening his electoral college margin as President Trump continues to make baseless attacks on the vote count in favor of Mr. Biden.
Mr. Biden, whose margin in Arizona is currently around 11,000 votes, or 0.3 percentage point, is the first Democratic presidential candidate since President Bill Clinton in 1996. Four years ago, Mr. Trump won by 3.5 percentage points. .
It is remarkable that Arizona – the home of the late Senator John McCain and Senator Barry Goldwater, founder of the 20th century Conservative political movement and 1964 Republican presidential candidate – played for Democrats. Before the state voted for Mr. Clinton, the last Democrat he supported as president was Harry S. Truman in 1948.
Mr. Biden’s victory underlined a profound political change in Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold that has shifted to the left in recent years, fueled by rapidly changing demographics and a growing contingent of young Hispanic voters defending liberal policies.
Last week, Democratic challenger Mark Kelly defeated Republican State Senator Martha McSally in a special election, making Mr Kelly and Senator Kyrsten Sinema the first Democratic couple to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s.
Arizona’s victory brings Mr. Biden to 290 electoral votes, 20 more than the 270 needed to take the White House.
Republicans have launched long-term legal attempts to try to overturn the results in major battlefield states, but mostly they have suffered setbacks – and some of their cases involve a small number of ballots.
For example, Mr. Trump would have to invalidate about 55,000 Pennsylvania votes to undo Mr. Biden’s victory there. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said there was no evidence to support claims by Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the election in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania was fraudulent.
The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Arizona, alleging that election officials in the state’s largest county, Maricopa, pressured voters to enter their votes in a way that would wrongly reject them. votes.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, told Fox News on Wednesday that state officials received around 1,000 complaints about the election but found “no evidence” of voter fraud generalized.
“If there was indeed a grand conspiracy, it apparently didn’t work,” he said.