Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey: ‘Joe Biden did win Arizona’

Nov 24, 2020, 12:06 PM | Updated: 12:21 pm

PHOENIX – Three weeks after Election Day, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged for the first time that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won Arizona.

“I trust our election system; there’s integrity in our election system,” Ducey, who campaigned for and with President Donald Trump in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Tuesday.

“Joe Biden did win Arizona.”

When first asked Tuesday about whether Biden won, Ducey avoided a direct answer and instead discussed the process for finalizing the tally.

“So the steps are, of course, you have voting, you have tabulation, then you have certification at the county level,” he said.

“That’s being conducted or is completed. The next step is state certification. There’s no reason at to this point, with what’s happening inside the legal system, that that wouldn’t go forward, and that is my expectation.”

Every county in Arizona has now certified its results. The state is scheduled to canvass the final tally on Monday, the deadline under Arizona law.

The Associated Press and Fox News called Arizona for Biden on election night. Although Trump cut into Biden’s lead as the vote count continued for several days, he never caught up.

Other major media outlets joined in on the Biden projection Nov. 13, after most of the remaining ballots had been counted. Biden had been projected as the overall winner by then.

Biden will be inaugurated Jan. 20 after winning 306 electoral votes; Trump, who garnered 232 electoral votes, still hasn’t made a concession, even though lawsuits in battleground states he lost have been repeatedly dismissed.

Until Tuesday, Ducey had cited ongoing legal challenges when asked if voters had indeed made Biden the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Arizona since Bill Clinton 1996. The last of the cases was dismissed Friday.

Ducey said any potential future lawsuits wouldn’t stop the state canvass next week.

“Those go through the courts,” he said. “But the certification in terms of Arizona is what happens on a date specific in statute.”

Ducey was criticized for not acknowledging Biden’s victory sooner and for failing to denounce baseless conspiracy theories about voter fraud and election rigging.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, became the target of threats and protests outside her home from people refusing to accept the legitimacy of the presidential results.

In a press conference Wednesday, Ducey denounced those making the threats but refused to go as far to say the election challenges had no merit.

“I was disappointed he didn’t come outright and say our elections were conducted with integrity,” Hobbs told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Thursday. “There is no problem with the process. The laws were followed. The system worked the way it was supposed to work.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Man indicted for organized retail theft, allegedly stole 31 times...

Serena O'Sullivan

Phoenix man accused of stealing from same retail store 31 times

A Phoenix man allegedly stole goods worth $7,000 from a single store over two years. He's been indicted for organized retail theft.

7 minutes ago

The OFFSTREET Fesitval Arts & Crafts Show will return to Prescott, Ariz. for Memorial Day weekend. ...

Damon Allred

OFFSTREET Festival Arts & Crafts Show returns to Prescott for Memorial Day weekend

The OFFSTREET Festival Arts & Crafts Show is returning to Pine Ridge Marketplace in Prescott for a cultural showcase over the weekend.

1 hour ago

Two coyotes were euthanized following their capture in Scottsdale on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, after...

2 coyotes euthanized after man walking his dog attacked in Scottsdale

Two coyotes were euthanized following their capture in Scottsdale on Wednesday after a man walking his dog was attacked.

3 hours ago

Wildcat Fire is 64% contained as of Friday...

Serena O'Sullivan

Firefighters gain more containment on Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix

The Wildcat Fire is 64% contained as of 12:30 p.m. on May 24, 2024, according to the Arizona Central West Zone. The fire started on Saturday.

4 hours ago

Speaker Ben Toma believes the Arizona House has the votes to pass the Secure the Border Act, which ...

Speaker believes Arizona House has enough votes to pass Secure the Border Act, send to ballot

Speaker Ben Toma believes the Arizona House has the votes to pass the Secure the Border Act, which would send the controversial measure to the ballot in November.

4 hours ago

Two ordinances in Chandler could cut down on youth violence...

Serena O'Sullivan

Chandler City Council passes 2 new laws banning brass knuckles, unruly gatherings

Chandler residents who host unruly gatherings or give brass knuckles to minors may get a $2,500 fine due to two new ordinances.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey: ‘Joe Biden did win Arizona’