A draft report from the Maricopa, Arizona, election audit that has been going on for months now shows that former President Donald Trump didn’t just lose the Grand Canyon State to President Joe Biden. It turns out he lost the state by an even larger margin than believed.
According to CNN, Trump lost hundreds of votes as a result of the audit while Biden gained ballots:
The draft report shows that the hand recount found that President Joe Biden received 99 more votes than Maricopa County had reported after November’s election, while former President Donald Trump received 261 fewer votes than the county reported.
The GOP-led Maricopa board of election supervisors said the audit confirms what they have long maintained: The county conducted an accurate and precise election, with board chairman Jack Sellers noting:
“You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew — the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General — did, in fact, win.
“This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters. That should be the end of the story. Everything else is just noise.”
Yet despite the confirmation received from Maricopa County, Republicans in Texas said Thursday they will also conduct a forensic audit of ballots in the Lone Star State despite the fact that Trump won Texas by more than 600,000 votes:
The Texas secretary of state’s office announced late Thursday it will audit the results of the 2020 election in the state’s four largest counties, hours after former president Donald Trump called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to conduct one.
The office released a statement Thursday night that asserted the secretary of state has the authority under Texas law “to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election” and that it had “already begun the process in Texas’ two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties — Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin — for the 2020 election.”
Arizona’s election audit cost taxpayers at least $425,000, with more expenses expected to be passed along to residents in the future.
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