Arizona certifies election win for Biden over Trump

Election workers count ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC), in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6, 2020.Jim Urquhart | ReutersArizona on Monday certified its presidential election results, delivering another win for President-elect Joe Biden in spite of efforts by allies of President Donald Trump to reverse the outcome of the race.The Grand Canyon State’s certification will hand 11 Electoral College votes to Biden, who is projected to clinch 306 such votes nationwide, compared with 232 for Trump.Before signing the canvas documents certifying the election, Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, praised her state for conducting “easily the smoothest” and “most secure election in recent history” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.”Despite the unprecedented challenges, Arizonans showed up for our democracy,” Hobbs said.She also took a swipe at the flurry of claims of widespread fraud being spread by Trump and some of his surrogates.”This election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona’s laws and elections procedures, despite numerous unfounded claims to the contrary,” Hobbs said.Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, lauded his state’s handling of the election, as well.”The system is strong, that’s why I have bragged on it so much,” Ducey said. “This is America, and no voter should be disenfranchised,” Ducey said.”The votes have been tabulated, all 15 counties have certified their results,” he added.The certification was conducted at the same time as members of Trump’s legal team, led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, alleged an array of unproven conspiracies about election fraud at a hearing in Phoenix.Giuliani, who has been involved in multiple failed attempts to overturn swing states’ election results through the courts, urged Republican state legislators at the hearing to defy Biden’s popular vote win and select pro-Trump electors.”What is the right count, or how can we get as close to the right count as possible? If we can, then have the courage to select that person to get the electors, because that person won the honest vote,” Giuliani said.”In history, I swear to God, you will be heroes,” Giuliani told the GOP officials at the hearing. “If you can’t make a determination, then don’t certify.”This is developing news. Please check back for updates.

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