A draft report of a partisan audit of the 2020 presidential election results commissioned by Arizona State Senate Republicans confirms President Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county—by a larger margin than election results documented, The Arizona Republic first reported Thursday, September 23.
What’s more, not only did the draft report fail to show that the election was “stolen” from Trump, as he has falsely claimed for many months, but it also showed that Biden actually won by a larger margin than the official election results showed, according to The New York Times.
The official results were set to be presented to the Arizona state Senate on Friday afternoon. Multiple early versions of the report circulated ahead of time and were obtained by various media outlets, also including The Washington Post and Politico.
Maricopa County Board Chair Jack Sellers said in a statement that the results of the draft report demonstrate that the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do. He slammed the audit process.
“I hope those holding on to their anger for the past 10 months will see the truth and put their energy into supporting the democratic process instead of tearing it down,” he said.
On Thursday night, Trump shared a statement ahead of the draft report’s release.
“Everybody will be watching Arizona tomorrow to see what the highly respected auditors and Arizona State Senate found out regarding the so-called Election!” he said.
Even some Republicans who initially backed the “audit” have come to regret it.
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