Cindy McCain calls state Senate audit of Maricopa County election ‘ludicrous’

May 3, 2021, 4:25 AM
Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain. (File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Im...
Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain. (File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Cindy McCain on Sunday slammed the Arizona Senate’s recount of 2.1 million ballots from the November election in Maricopa County, calling the audit “ludicrous.”

“The election is over, (Joe) Biden won,” McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “I know many of them don’t like the outcome but elections have consequences.

“This does not surprise me, things are just aloof and crazy out there right now with regards to the election.”

Conspiracy theories about the election have proliferated in Arizona and nationwide since Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump.

Biden won Arizona last year by 10,457 votes and won in Maricopa County by 45,109 votes.

A judge ruled the Senate could access Maricopa County’s ballots for a hand recount after multiple reviews of the election results found no issues that would overturn Biden’s narrow victory in Arizona.

“This also comes from a state party in Arizona that refused to be audited themselves on votes that were cast within their own party communications,” McCain said, referring to the multiple lawsuits faced by the Arizona GOP and Chairwoman Kelli Ward seeking an audit of the Jan. 23 state party elections over concerns about ballot security and overall confusion.

Sandra Dowling was initially declared a winner of one of the at-large Arizona GOP executive committee posts before it was later announced that she actually had lost.

McCain, a Republican, has recently clashed with her party’s representation in Arizona.

She endorsed Biden during last year’s election after Trump verbally attacked her husband for years.

The Arizona Republican Party responded in January by voting to censure McCain, along with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake.

Senate liaison and former Republican secretary of state in Arizona Ken Bennett told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show last week that he believes the audit, which started April 23, will be complete by the time the Senate’s rental of Veterans Memorial Coliseum is up on May 14.

The audit can’t overturn the results of the election, but Senate President Karen Fann and Republicans in the chamber say the audit will help restore voter confidence and help lawmakers create changes to election laws.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

From left, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena Jr., Logan Henderson and James Maslow, members of Big Time ...
Wills Rice

Big Time Rush’s ‘Can’t Get Enough Tour’ comes to Phoenix in August

For those that grew up with the Nickelodeon television show Big Time Rush, you are in for a big treat when their tour comes to town.
19 hours ago
U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas addresses the media during a ...

Homeland Sec. Mayorkas says there is no credible threat against Super Bowl in Arizona

An increased security presence will be deployed at the Super Bowl, with every person, piece of merchandise and equipment screened.
19 hours ago
(Screenshot/Cox Communications)...

Cox opens up free WiFi connections around metro Phoenix for big February crowds

Cox Communications has launched free WiFi connections around metro Phoenix for the crowds settling in for big upcoming local events.
19 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Unified School District) Follow @KTAR923...

Arizona House votes to lift aggregate expenditure limit for public schools

The Arizona House voted Tuesday to lift the aggregate expenditure limit, a step toward avoiding massive budget cuts to Arizona public schools.
19 hours ago
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon speaks with reporters during opening night of Super Bowl 57 (...
Tyler Drake

Super Bowl Special: Here’s what Chiefs and Eagles players like most about Arizona

Here's what came to mind about Arizona when Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs players were asked during Super Bowl opening night.
19 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

10-year-old boy dies after getting hit by vehicle Tuesday morning in Phoenix

A boy died after getting hit by a vehicle near 23rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road in Phoenix on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Cindy McCain calls state Senate audit of Maricopa County election ‘ludicrous’