Arizona secretary of state certifies election results with Biden winning state’s 11 electoral votes

Arizona election results certified by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday morning. /Pool photo

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic

Arizona officials certified the results of the general election on Monday, confirming Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state and clearing the way for Mark Kelly to take a seat in the U.S. Senate as soon as Wednesday.

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The short event in the old state Capitol in Phoenix typically is a mere formality, scheduled by law for the fourth Monday after Election Day, long after the dust of campaign season ordinarily has settled.

But as President Donald Trump and many supporters have continued to dispute his defeat, the occasion drew national attention and served as a rebuttal of his claims of fraud and an affirmation of the state’s election process.

After protests and lawsuits, it was all a bit anticlimactic, too, simply confirming one more time what some analysts on election night said the presidential race would yield: a Biden victory in this battleground state.

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