Joe Biden’s victories on the US presidential election battlefields in Arizona and Wisconsin were officially recognized on Monday, giving Donald Trump six of six losses in his attempt to prevent states from certifying their results.
The finalized vote tally brought Biden closer to the White House and dealt another blow to Trump’s long-term efforts to undermine the outcome.
Certification in Wisconsin followed a partial recount that only added Biden’s margin of nearly 20,700 votes to Trump, who vowed to take legal action to overturn the results.
“Today, I fulfilled my duty to certify the November 3 election,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said in a statement. “I want to thank our clerks, election administrators and election officers across our state for working tirelessly to ensure that we have safe, fair and efficient elections. Thanks for all your good work. “
Trump is mounting a desperate campaign to overturn the results by disqualifying up to 238,000 ballots in the state, and his lawyers have alleged without evidence that there was widespread fraud and illegal activity.
Trump paid $ 3 million for the recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties, Wisconsin’s two largest Democratic counties, but the recount ended up increasing Biden’s lead by 74 votes.
Wisconsin Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement Monday, “There is no basis for any claim that widespread fraud affected the results.”
Kaul noted that Trump’s recount only targeted the two most populous counties in the state, where the majority of black people live. “I have no doubts that this shameful Jim Crow strategy of mass deprivation of the voters’ right to vote will fail. An election is not a game of gotcha. “
And even if Trump were to succeed in Wisconsin, where he defeated Hillary Clinton four years ago, the state’s 10 electoral college votes wouldn’t be enough to nullify Biden’s overall victory, as states across the country certify the results declaring him the winner.
Trump’s legal challenges have also failed in other battlefield states, including Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. States are required to certify their results before the Electoral College meeting on December 14.
Earlier Monday, Arizona officials certified Biden’s narrow victory in that state. Biden won by about 11,000 votes, a narrow margin, although a significant victory all the same as in previous election cycles, Arizona had a reliable lean towards Republicans.
The 2020 election is over again, with certifications today in Arizona and Wisconsin. After last week’s certifications in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada. every state in which Trump made bogus claims against the outcome have now certified Biden’s victory.
– Susan Glasser (@ sbg1) November 30, 2020
Arizona Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey both vouched for the integrity of the election before signing the results.
“We are doing good elections here in Arizona. The system is solid, ”said Ducey.
Hobbs said Arizona voters should know that the election “was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona electoral laws and procedures, despite numerous unfounded allegations to the contrary.”
Biden is only the second Democrat in 70 years to win Arizona. In the final tally, he beat Trump by 10,457 votes, or 0.3 percent of the nearly 3.4 million votes cast.
Even as Hobbs, Ducey, the state attorney general and chief justice of the state Supreme Court certified the election results, Trump’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis met in a room ballroom at a Phoenix hotel a few miles away to expose allegations of irregularities in the vote count. in Arizona and elsewhere. But they did not provide evidence of widespread fraud.
Trump phoned the meeting and described the election as “the biggest scam ever against our country.” When he mentioned Ducey’s name, the crowd booed. He accused the governor of “rushing to sign” papers certifying Democratic victories, adding, “Arizona won’t forget what Ducey just did.”
Trump also berated Ducey on Twitter, asking, “Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in power, especially when so many horrible things about voter fraud come to light in the hearing that is going on right now.”
For his part, Ducey, who previously said his phone ringtone for White House calls was “Hail to the Chief”, was seen in a viral music video receive a call with this ringing tone but reject it without answering.
Trump’s denials of political reality have left him increasingly isolated as growing numbers of Republicans acknowledge the transition and Biden is moving forward with appointing appointments to his administration.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. In fact, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated that the election went well and international observers have confirmed that there is had no serious irregularities.
Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told CBS’s 60 Minutes program on Sunday: “There is no foreign power that reverses the votes. There is no national actor who returns the votes. I did it well. We did it well. It was a sure election.