President Donald Trump andRepublicans in Arizona and nationally are stoking claims of deliberate election fraud in the state’s U.S. Senate race as Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema await results of a vote that could swing in either’s favor.
The tight race has left Republicans in jeopardy of losing a Senate seat in the state for the first time in 30 years.
Though McSally held a lead in early-vote totals, the tally flipped in Sinema’s favor Thursday night. Updated results Friday evening kept Sinema with a 20,000-plus advantage, but an estimated 360,000 ballots remain to be counted.
No group has brought forward allegations of specific criminal activity, although one Republican lawsuit addressed an equity issue over how early-ballot signatures are verified.
“Just out — in Arizona, SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH,” Trump posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon. “Electoral corruption — Call for a new Election? We must protect our Democracy!”
Earlier, Trump told reporters it was “interesting” that the extended vote-counting “always seems to go the way of the Democrats.”
“Now, in Arizona, all of a sudden, out of the wilderness, they find a lot of votes,” Trump said. “And she’s — the other candidate — is just winning by a hair.”
Per Politico, the White House and RNC are upset that Martha McSally isn't pushing a conspiracy there's something "amiss" with the votes coming in in Arizona as she falls behind. https://t.co/k5OVOEBMzl pic.twitter.com/VpUaeRb27R
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 10, 2018