Growing Expectation That Trump Takes Arizona

Biden declared victory in the presidential race on Nov. 7—a declaration disputed by Trump.  Biden stakes his claim on winning on the basis of TV shows crowing that Trump lost.  These same TV shows, euphemistically referred to as “news programs”, vilified Trump for four years, supporting the left on a single voice, and promoting for years the bogus “Russian Collusion” distraction.

It has been a week since election night. President Donald Trump is now within one percent of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to the latest unofficial results. Trump has 1,633,896 (49.02 percent) votes, while Biden has 1,648,642 votes (49.47 percent), according to data from Decision Desk HQ. As of Nov. 10, over 60,000 votes remain to be counted.

“We have a 55 percent chance of winning Arizona—based on the data,” an administration official involved with campaign operations said. “From a purely mathematical standpoint there is a clear path to victory for Trump [overall],” the official said, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

In Arizona, an automatic recount will take place if the final margin is one-tenth of 1 percent, according to state law. As more ballots were counted, Biden’s initial lead shrunk significantly. Trump’s campaign early on predicted that the president would win the state and its 11 electoral college votes.

In the past week, thousands of Arizonians have converged at different hotspots across downtown Phoenix. Rallies have taken place outside the Maricopa County Elections Department, and there was a peaceful gathering outside the state’s capitol building this weekend.

Voters are concerned over a lack of transparency and what they see as a fraudulent and corrupt Arizona election process. Some in the government have similar sentiments.

“We will continue this election fight until we believe this is legal,” the official said on Nov. 9. “Trump will never concede.”

“If the electors vote for Joe Biden that’s one thing—but why the hell would we listen to MSNBC, CNN calling it?”

According to the administration official, around 80 percent of Republicans in Washington are supportive of the ongoing election battles, but 20 percent are privately feeling it’s time to throw in the towel. He noted that the same voices telling Trump to concede never told George W. Bush to concede during the disputed election against Al Gore in 2000.

The long wait for the ballot counts—which Arizona’s governor said occurred in part due to state officials’ efforts to make it harder to cheat—have pushed many Arizonians to lose faith in the integrity of the election process, and how ballots are counted.

The Associated Press, Fox News, and others, called Arizona for Biden in the early stages of the counting process, further causing frustration among some voters. In the 17 presidential elections between 1952 and 2016, only one Democratic candidate has won Arizona—Bill Clinton in 1996.

The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in the state over alleged rejected votes in Maricopa County, the largest county in Arizona. The campaign stated that some in-person votes were disregarded because of improper guidance from poll workers.

Arizonians like Steven Carroll, who attended a rally outside the state’s capitol on Nov. 7, are hopeful any legal battles make it to the Supreme Court.

“There’s things going on all across the United States where we see there’s problems going on, and the mainstream media doesn’t want to look at it,” Carroll said. “We will see how it plays out.”

Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the country to “pursue substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, according to a leaked memo.

“I think the left doesn’t understand that this will go all the way to SCOTUS. The Supreme Court is more powerful than them,” the official said. “It is going to be a rude awakening.”

Some questioned why Arizona couldn’t get its results out on election night as Florida had.

“When a system seems to be as flawed as it is across the country you can’t question the (apparent fact) that every state has been flawed or tainted in some respects,” said Brian Curtis outside the Maricopa County Election Department on Nov. 6.

Stacy Gentile, who was also outside the election department, said the  (lack of) energy and enthusiasm on the ground (for Biden) doesn’t match up with the vote tally of Biden being in the lead.

One voter from Phoenix, Jeremy Fryar said he remains optimistic that “all this cheating will come to the light.”

“My mom always told me good always triumph over evil,” he said.

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