Trump has spent his day repeating conspiracy theories about the midterm elections, stirring up controversy where there is none. The midterm votes continue to be counted, with a few races still too close to call.
It’s the most fundamental American right: the right to vote — and for your vote to be counted. Count all the votes in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. Count them fairly. Count them transparently.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 9, 2018
One of those races is the Senate race in Arizona. Trump bragged during a wild press conference on Wednesday that Republicans had made historic gains in Senate seats and that he predicted at least another two, maybe three more seats would be won. Now, the Arizona race that Trump and the GOP counted as a win is in question.
Bipartisan Report wrote earlier on Friday:
‘Late Thursday, days after voting in the 2018 midterm elections concluded, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema took the lead over Republican Martha McSally in the race to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate, replacing retiring Republican Jeff Flake. She had previously been down, but after the state’s largest county — Maricopa — posted a sizable portion of their still outstanding votes, Sinema found herself up by around 2,000 votes.’
Arizona: Tossup –> Lean D. Sinema's ahead now, and the remaining vote doesn't look particularly good for McSally. https://t.co/1bQYu8t1kD
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 9, 2018
JUST IN: In the Arizona Senate race, Kyrsten Sinema's lead expands from 10,000 to 22,000. As Steve Kornacki notes, there are still 375k votes yet to be counted.https://t.co/5tFMPgksNj
— Hardball (@hardball) November 10, 2018
The lead has expanded from 2,000 to 10,000 and now 22,000 votes on Friday. A Democratic victory is in even clearer site.
"I am one of those mail in ballots. I was under the impression my vote was always counted," Cindy McCain said in tweet to the Arizona GOP. https://t.co/Eun60Zi7v3
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 9, 2018
CBS News reports that:
‘The race remained too close to call with at least 400,000 ballots still uncounted. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said counting may continue until Nov. 15. “We know there’s urgency out there, but we want to get it right, not quick,” he said.
‘Arizona is notoriously slow at tallying ballots even though about 75 percent of votes are cast by mail. Each of those ballots must go through a laborious verification process.’
Just out — in Arizona, SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH. Electoral corruption – Call for a new Election? We must protect our Democracy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018