By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Tmesi
With the tally of votes now showing Joe Biden winning Arizona, the state Republican Party and its allies are trying last-minute legal tactics to keep that from happening.
Two new lawsuits come as the former vice president on Friday had a lead of 10,998 votes over Donald Trump. More to the point, the Secretary of State’s Office says there are just 6,670 ballots yet to be counted.
Meanwhile, the president’s reelection campaign agreed Friday to drop its demand for a hand count of certain ballots cast at polling places on Election Day to see if they were properly recorded. Attorney Kory Langhofer told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley that with just 191 ballots at issue, the latest vote tallies makes the outcome of that claim moot.
Despite that decision — and despite the vote tallies that show there just aren’t enough uncounted ballots for Trump to catch up — state GOP Chair Kelli Ward insists this isn’t the end.
“We are getting close to recount territory here,” she said Friday in a video message.