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'Truth is truth': Trump dealt blow as Republican-led Arizona audit reaffirms Biden win

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3/3 © Reuters. A protester caries a "Trump 2020" flag as Arizona electors gather to cast their votes for the U.S. presidential election, at the Arizona Capitol, in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Cheney Orr 2/3

By David Schwartz and Nathan Layne

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden in Arizona's most populous county, a review of results by his allies in the Republican Party has reaffirmed, capping a widely panned effort spurred by Trump's false claims of voter fraud.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, the Republican who paved the way for the so-called "full forensic audit" of 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County, said the review's overall vote tally matched the initial results in November.

"Truth is truth, numbers are numbers," Fann said at a Senate hearing on the review, which found only small variations, yielding 99 additional votes for Biden and 261 fewer votes for Trump. "Those numbers were close, within a few hundred."

The conclusion will dismay Trump supporters who had pushed for the review, many in the expectation that it would prove his unfounded assertions that he was robbed of re-election due to orchestrated fraud. So far no such proof has been produced either by Trump or his backers.

Outside groups tied to the "Stop the Steal" movement and other efforts to cast doubt on the 2020 results raised nearly all of the $6 million to fund the inquiry, viewing it as a catalyst for similar investigations in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other battleground states that Trump lost.

In Texas on Thursday, the secretary of state's office said the state had begun an audit of the presidential election in its four largest counties - Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin - an announcement that came hours after Trump publicly called for such a move. Although Trump carried Texas, Biden won three of the targeted counties.

Trump, who had predicted the Arizona inquiry would substantiate his claims, issued a statement that appeared at odds with the review's findings, calling it "a big win for democracy and a big win for us."

Ben Ginsberg, a longtime Republican election lawyer who represented Republican George W. Bush when he prevailed over Democrat Al Gore in a 2000 electoral dispute, called the review's conclusions a "huge defeat" for Trump.

"This was Donald Trump's best chance to prove his cases of elections being rigged and fraudulent and they failed," Ginsberg said on a media call organized by the States United Democracy Center, a nonpartisan policy group.

BIDEN VICTORY REAFFIRMED

In Arizona, Biden won by just over 10,000 votes, a narrow win confirmed by a hand recount and multiple post-election tests for accuracy. Biden carried Maricopa, which includes Phoenix, by about 45,000 votes, making it critical to his defeat of Trump.

The Arizona inquiry is part of a larger effort by Republicans to undermine faith in the 2020 election and gain more control over the voting process. So far this year, at least 18 Republican-led states have passed legislation curbing ballot access, moves they say are needed to ensure election integrity. Democrats say such laws are aimed at gaming the system since Republicans tend to do better in low-turnout elections.

Fann said the state Senate was working on legislation to achieve an "unimpeachable electoral process", based on alleged issues found in the review. She called for improvements to the signature verification process for absentee ballots, to the maintenance of voter rolls and to cybersecurity, even though no evidence has emerged that the state's systems were breached.

Democratic leaders said they were worried Republicans would use the review as a pretext to enact laws suppressing the vote.

Arizona's top elected official Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, in a statement denounced the review as "a political stunt that created massive security risks, cost millions of dollars, and has shaken faith in free and fair elections."

A wide array of election experts, Democrats and some Republican officials had long rejected the Arizona audit as a highly partisan boondoggle run by contractors without relevant expertise. The lead contractor was an obscure company, Cyber Ninjas, whose chief executive has promoted conspiracy theories about orchestrated fraud in the election.

The audit was marked by practices that critics described as ranging from inappropriate to bizarre, including counters marking ballots with blue ink, which can alter how they are read by machines, and workers checking for traces of bamboo fibers based on a conspiracy theory that forged ballots may have been shipped in from Asia.

While finding the overall vote tallies largely matched up, the report highlighted a series of alleged problems, including 10,342 potential voters who voted in different counties, which Cyber Ninjas termed a "critical finding."

As part of a point-by-point rebuttal on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Maricopa County called that claim "laughable", suggesting those conducting the review may have failed to account for people with matching names and birth years in different counties, a not uncommon occurrence in a state of more than 7 million people.

Fann said she had passed along the review's findings to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who said his election integrity unit would look at the evidence.

"Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected," Brnovich said.

'Truth is truth': Trump dealt blow as Republican-led Arizona audit reaffirms Biden win
 

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Special Forces
Special Forces Sep 30, 2021 12:32PM ET
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trumps a one hit blunder.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 30, 2021 9:48AM ET
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Nope, not over.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 30, 2021 9:48AM ET
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CatholicMan is doing his best head-buried-in-the-sand impression lol.....so what is the next made-up date chosen for the Trump-returns-to-WhiteHouse in the Q websites?
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 30, 2021 12:08AM ET
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Are you red hats tired of losing yet?
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 29, 2021 10:40PM ET
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My aunt & uncle just passed away from the Rona. They were both red hats, and will never be missed.
Special Forces
Special Forces Sep 28, 2021 10:37AM ET
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Next ... trump/r.kelly 2024
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 28, 2021 10:37AM ET
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and Trump would still be the creepy one on that ticket
Special Forces
Special Forces Sep 28, 2021 10:37AM ET
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Tre Hsi Good One!
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 28, 2021 10:37AM ET
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Is there enough ***** in the tank?
Anthony Crowley
Anthony Crowley Sep 28, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Seems to me the easiest way to turn the GOP back to reality and relevant again is for a large number of Dems and Independents to register as GOP and vote in the primaries.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 27, 2021 9:58AM ET
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Trump, who had predicted the Arizona inquiry would substantiate his claims, issued a statement that appeared at odds with the review's findings, calling it "a big win for democracy and a big win for us."   -- yeah sure and the peace treaty with Taliban =  a big win for America
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 27, 2021 9:47AM ET
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Trump asked for a recount in Wisconsin and as result Biden got more votes......but hey, let's waste more taxpayers' money and get more recounts in PA and TX, yes Biden will end up with more votes but as long as Trump and the republicans can fundraise off these "audits" who cares about the results anyway......
Special Forces
Special Forces Sep 27, 2021 9:26AM ET
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Now rebate AZ taxpayers the $150k taxes ******for that unnecessary audit.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 27, 2021 9:26AM ET
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so The Orange One lost the election he said that was rigged against him, and now he lost the recount that was rigged for him, what a winner!
Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Sep 25, 2021 1:04PM ET
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Joe Biden is not my president
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 25, 2021 1:04PM ET
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that's because you live in Russia working in a bot farm
Frederick Chotsky
Chotsky Sep 25, 2021 1:04PM ET
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Tre Hsi As opposed to your bot farm in China?
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Sep 25, 2021 10:35AM ET
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truth is truth; the stimulus money Trump printed 2 trillion Joe printed 1.9 trillion= both worthless
Steve Bojo
Steve Bojo Sep 25, 2021 9:19AM ET
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This article is very selective in its reporting. It fails to mention about the 50k fraud votes, the 17k duplicate votes, the deleted files on the hard drives, etc. also, no mention if the evidence being presented the AZ AG for review for criminal charges.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 25, 2021 9:19AM ET
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"It fails to mention about the 50k fraud votes, the 17k duplicate votes...."  - maybe that's because your Cyber Ninja didn't find any of that in their "audit", as much as they tried, they couldn't even find bamboo residues let along thousands of fraud/dubplicated votes....you know what they did find?  100 votes more for Biden and 200 votes less for Trump, so if there were any funny business going, it benefited Trump
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Sep 25, 2021 8:54AM ET
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Also its telling the actual results arent being shown just tomd to you so you cant see them yourselves. Remember when the vaccines were gling to stop the spread? And mask too? Yea me either
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Sep 25, 2021 8:54AM ET
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Investing Man considering im in florida pretty nice lol hows your ***comeback rolladex going?
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Josh Davis Sep 25, 2021 8:53AM ET
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You people dont understand do you? They cant show fraud because what would the usa devolve into if we found out that elections are selections ? There would anarchy in the streets. Evwryone with a brain who can read graphs can see it was a stolen election. But fo you honestly think they will tell us that? The fbi cant even find a dead body you think they can find fraudalent elections? Now what about independent people looking on their own time? Yea think guys. Everyone knows the government lies and so do regulatory agencies so why would this be different?
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Tre Hsi Sep 25, 2021 8:53AM ET
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lol, so we must have all these audits to show Trump won.....oh no, we can't show the frauds because there would be anarchy in the streets.....but we need to have more audits!
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Sep 25, 2021 2:55AM ET
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No it didnt. Pure lies
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Sep 25, 2021 2:55AM ET
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loooool....losers
Josh OBarr
Josh OBarr Sep 25, 2021 2:20AM ET
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false.
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Sep 25, 2021 2:20AM ET
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youre false...
Mike Saindon
Mike Saindon Sep 25, 2021 12:58AM ET
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yea... well let the Republicans audit those machines. The outcome would be much different.
Adrian White
Adrian White Sep 25, 2021 12:58AM ET
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The Republicans are the ones who did this audit.
 
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