After previously having breathed life into the bullshit “Sharpiegate” conspiracy theory by investigating it before dismissing it as unfounded, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) in an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business Network (video link) on Wednesday said that there’s “no evidence” of voter fraud in Arizona and “there are no facts that would lead anyone to believe that the election results will change.”
UPDATE: The Associated Press, Fox News and now finally Decision Desk HQ have officially projected Joe Biden the winner in Arizona.
Decision Desk HQ Projects Biden (D) Has Won The State Of AZ And Its 11 Electoral Votes
Race Called At 10:29 PM EST
All Results: https://t.co/7CxbLsQ3gY
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 12, 2020
The Arizona Mirror reports, AZ AG: ‘Biden will win Arizona,’ claims of fraud aren’t ‘reality’:
While other Republican officials in the state have hesitated to declare a winner in the presidential race, Attorney General Mark Brnovich said President-elect Joe Biden is the likely winner of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes.
During an interview Wednesday with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, Brnovich noted that there are fewer than 50,000 ballots left to count statewide and that President Donald Trump would have to win about 65% of those votes in order to take the lead in Arizona, which deemed highly unlikely. Biden currently leads by nearly 13,000 votes.
“It does appear that Joe Biden will win Arizona,” Brnovich said.
Brnovich also rejected baseless claims of election fraud by Democrats in Arizona. [Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar add fuel, but no evidence, to baseless election-fraud claims]. He pointed out that, aside from Trump and U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, Republicans fared well in down-ballot races. The GOP maintained control of both chambers of the legislature, despite predictions of a Democratic takeover. Even Democratic Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, whose office jointly oversees the vote counting in the state’s largest county, is on the verge of defeat.
“If indeed there was some great conspiracy, it apparently didn’t work, since the county election official who’s a Democrat lost and other Republicans won,” Brnovich said.
Brnovich attributed the results to voters who split their tickets, voting for Biden over Trump and Democrat Mark Kelly over McSally, while voting for Republicans further down the ballot.
“That’s the reality. Just because that happened doesn’t mean it’s fraud,” he said.
Brnovich said his office received more than 1,000 complaints after the election from voters who worried that the Sharpie pens that election workers instructed them to use may have invalidated their ballots because the ink bled through the paper. Election officials said the pens wouldn’t cause ballots to be rejected, and Brnovich said the Attorney General’s Office concluded the same.
Other Republican officials, including Gov. Doug Ducey, haven’t shared Brnovich’s sentiments in recent days. Ducey has repeatedly insisted that races in Arizona shouldn’t be called until election officials finish counting the votes. And though he said Arizona will respect the results of the election, he hasn’t refuted the various election fraud claims that are circulating throughout the state, and his office has refused to comment on the matter.
UPDATE: Fox News contributor and longtime GOP political hack Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that the election outcome is not likely to be overturned, saying:
“The president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”
“Enough voters wanted change. Mr. Biden maneuvered successfully to make the election a referendum on the president’s personality and his handling of Covid. For months Mr. Trump was content to fight on that turf, trying only fitfully to contrast his agenda with his challenger’s.”
“To win, Mr. Trump must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands. There is no evidence of that so far. Unless some emerges quickly, the president’s chances in court will decline precipitously when states start certifying results,” Rove said.
Rove advised Trump to “do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”
Good luck with that Karl, not going to happen.