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Arizona certifies Biden’s election victory over Trump

Poll workers count ballots at the Maricopa County’s Tabulation and Voting Center (MCTEC) in Phoenix, Arizona on November 6, 2020.

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Arizona confirmed its presidential election results on Monday, scooping another victory for President-elect Joe Biden, despite President Donald Trump’s allies trying to reverse the outcome of the race.

Grand Canyon State certification will give Biden 11 votes for the electoral college, which is expected to receive 306 such votes nationwide, compared to 232 for Trump.

Before Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, signed the canvas papers certifying the election, she praised her state for having “easily conducted the smoothest and safest elections in recent history” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges, the Arizonians stood up for our democracy,” Hobbs said.

It also threw a blow on the flurry of widespread fraud allegations made by Trump and some of his deputies.

“This election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona law and electoral procedures, despite numerous unsubstantiated claims to the contrary,” Hobbs said.

Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, also praised his state’s handling of the elections.

“The system is strong, that’s why I’ve bragged about it so much,” said Ducey. “This is America and no voter should be disenfranchised,” Ducey said.

“The votes were tabulated and all 15 counties confirmed their results,” he added.

Certification came about at the same time that members of Trump’s legal team, led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, alleged a series of unproven election fraud conspiracies at a hearing in Phoenix.

Giuliani, who was involved in several failed attempts to overturn the swing states’ election results in court, urged Republican lawmakers at the hearing to defy Biden’s election victory and select pro-Trump voters.

“What is the correct count, or how can we get as close as possible to the correct count? If we can then you have the courage to choose that person to get the voters because that person won the honest vote,” said Giuliani.

“In the story, I swear to god you will be heroes,” Giuliani told GOP officials at the hearing. “If you can’t make a decision, don’t certify.”

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