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Arizona and Wisconsin Certify Joe Biden’s Win in the Two Key States

Arizona and Wisconsin officials have certified their states’ presidential election results, affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s razor-thin victories over President Trump in the two key swing states.

The certifications come as the president and his legal team continue to tout unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

Arizona And Wisconsin Certify Election Results, Affirming Biden Victories
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey exchange election documents to sign to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Phoenix. Image/Courtesy

Biden won Arizona by slightly more than 10,000 votes, earning him the 11 electoral votes in a state that a Democratic presidential nominee hadn’t carried since Bill Clinton in 1996.

Biden won Wisconsin by just over 20,000 votes, earning the state’s 10 electoral votes. Trump had narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016.

Monday’s certification follows a recount in Wisconsin’s two most populous counties, paid for by the Trump campaign and completed Sunday in which Biden’s lead grew by 87 votes.

Trump had said that his team would file a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s results.

“This was a historic election for several reasons,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, at a brief event on Monday morning.

She noted that roughly 80% of eligible voters cast votes totaling more than 3.4 million ballots.

Members of Trump’s legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, took part in an unofficial meeting with some Arizona GOP lawmakers in which he urged state officials to disregard election results.

In the days following Election Day, Trump’s legal team raised concerns that some voters had their ballots rejected incorrectly on the basis that Sharpies were used to fill them out.

The saga, which came to be known as #SharpieGate went viral on social media but failed to gain traction elsewhere as the Department of Homeland Security debunked the claim.

Still that did not keep Trump’s legal team from filing a similar lawsuit.

“The claims are baseless,” Hobbs said in an interview with a local NBC affiliate days after the election. “At this point folks are grasping at straws.”

 

 

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