As remaining ballots dwindle, Biden maintains lead over Trump in Arizona
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 Thursday, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
In the latest update, Trump gained 1,789 votes but continued to trail Biden, who tallied an additional 2,189 votes in Maricopa County. Biden continued to lead Trump 1,668,684 votes to 1,657,250 votes statewide, a difference of 11,434 votes.
Across the state, there are an estimated 10,300 ballots left to be tabulated. Coconino, La Paz, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties have finished counting ballots.
After Wednesday’s update, Biden led Trump by 11,635 votes.
The update included 4,139 ballots reported by Maricopa County, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department. The county had just under 1,000 votes left to count after the latest update.
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. NBC, CNN, CBS and ABC called the race for Biden on Thursday after Biden’s lead became greater than the number of remaining ballots in the state.
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.
The incumbent President continues to refuse to allow Biden to receive daily intelligence briefings, but an increasing number of Trump’s allies are calling for Biden to have access to the information.
Additionally, Trump and his legal team have filed numerous lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan in an effort to regain electoral votes by alleging voter fraud.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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