PHOENIX — Arizona election officials posted additional voting results Saturday morning, with Donald Trump gaining more ground on Joe Biden in our state, but still trailing by just over 20,000 ballots.
Joe Biden has been projected to win the presidential election and become the 46th president of the United States, according to The Associated Press.
Following the race being called in Joe Biden's favor, Democratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema released a statement:
"Arizonans voted in record-breaking numbers to support pragmatic, practical leaders who will bring Americans together and heal our country's divisions. Today's election results represent a chance to deliver on the needs of everyday Americans, rather than a mandate to pursue partisan goals that could further divide Americans. Now is the time to deliver critical relief to Arizona families and employers, make health care more affordable, deliver for our veterans, and expand opportunities for Americans across the country - all while keeping our nation safe and secure. President-elect Biden and I do not agree on every issue, and just as I did when working with President Trump, I will always vote based on what's right for Arizona and will continue working with anyone to get things done for our state. I pledge to continue working across the aisle, seeking compromise instead of sowing division - because we are in this together. Regardless of who each of us voted for, Americans deserve a government that is worthy of us and working for us."
According to the 9 a.m. ballot drop, the race has tightened further with Trump at 1,606,370 votes and Biden at 1,626,943 votes. They are currently split by 20,573.
Trump got what he needed out of this drop. He needed a bit more cushion to contend with the 19k Pima and 15k Maricopa Provisionals that will be incoming soon as those shouldn't break nearly as friendly as this batch. https://t.co/Lm8LcLxRI4— The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) November 7, 2020
The previous ballot drop happened at 7 p.m. Friday, showing that Trump had continued to make up some ground, but was still behind Biden by 29,861 votes across Arizona after the release from Maricopa County.
It’s getting closer between Biden & Trump here in Arizona. @JoeBiden is up about 20K votes. @Garrett_Archer expects the race could be called at some point today (there’s another ballot drop at 7pm.) @abc15 @NickCiletti pic.twitter.com/EMpmUzn89a— Claudia Rupcich (@ClaudiaRupcich) November 7, 2020
After the Saturday morning ballot results release, Maricopa County election officials say there are 23,761 estimated early ballots left to process and tabulate, 15,000 estimated provisional ballots left to process, and 5,000 estimated number of early ballots left to verify.
Another ballot drop is expected at 7 p.m. Saturday.