U.S. networks report that US President-elect Joe Biden has won the Arizona battlefield, another blow to President Donald Trump’s attempt to manipulate the results of the November 3 presidential election.
Biden’s victory in Arizona will determine the winner of the Democrat 290 Electoral College State-by-State Electoral College, which is more than the 270 needed to achieve success. Biden is winning the popular vote by more than 5.2 million or 3.4 percentage points.
With some states still counting votes, the electoral math is terrible for Trump. The Republican president has repeatedly claimed that the election was marred by widespread fraud, with no evidence to support his claims. He will have to overtake Biden on at least three battlefields, where Biden is currently leading by various margins.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits challenging vote counts in individual states, although some have already been thrown out by judges. Lawyers say the lawsuit is unlikely to change the outcome of the lawsuit, and that state election officials have no evidence of serious fraud or fraud.
There were only minor differences in hand-count audits in more than six Arizona counties, including Maricopa County, where most residents of the state live, the Secretary of State reported earlier Thursday. Audits include hand counts of random sampling of ballots.
So far, many Republican officials and lawmakers have publicly backed Trump’s attempt to run in the election results and have refused to elect Biden as president.
But some Republican senators on Thursday called for the Trump administration to allow Biden to adopt intelligence briefings, although he declined to acknowledge his success and eventually admitted that he could eventually occupy the White House.
The president-elect traditionally receives such briefs from the intelligence community.
“I don’t see it as a high-risk proposal. I think it’s part of the transition. In fact, if he finally wins, they should be able to run on the field,” Senator John Cornin told reporters.
Other Republican senators said Biden should also have access to classified briefings, including Lindsay Graham, a voice Trump supporter, as well as Ron Johnson, James Lankeford and Chuck Grossley.
Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy opposed the idea.
“He’s not the president right now. I do not know if he’s going to be president on January 20,” McCarthy said.