President-elect Joe Biden holds on to lead over Donald Trump in Arizona

Nov 11, 2020, 8:30 PM | Updated: 8:56 pm

PHOENIX — After the latest election update from Maricopa County, President-elect Joe Biden continued to maintain his lead over Republican President Donald Trump in Arizona on Wednesday, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

In the latest update, Trump gained 7,019 votes but continued to trail Biden, who tallied an additional 5,826 votes in Maricopa County. Biden continued to lead Trump 1,663,447 votes to 1,651,812 votes statewide, a difference of 11,635 votes.

After Tuesday’s update, Biden led Trump by 12,813 votes.

The update included 13,362 ballots reported by Maricopa County, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department. The department has approximately 6,700 ballots left to tabulate.

Across the state, there are an estimated 24,700 ballots left to be tabulated. Coconino, La Paz, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties have finished counting ballots.

The Associated Press projected Biden winning Arizona shortly after election night, after an analysis of ballots cast statewide concluded there were not enough outstanding to allow Trump to catch up.

On Saturday, the Associated Press projected that Biden unseated Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.

In the days since, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have jumped into action to get to work, despite Trump’s attempts to stop this action.

As Trump continues to contest this year’s election results, he has not authorized Biden to lay eyes on daily intelligence briefings.

National security and intelligence experts hope Trump changes his mind, citing the need for an incoming president to be fully prepared to confront any national security issues on Day One.

Across the nation, Biden has received more than 77 million votes nationally, the most in history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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