PHOENIX — Former Vice President Joe Biden will win Arizona, defeating President Donald Trump, according to a projection from Fox News Channel, in what would be a stunning upset for the historically Republican-led state.
Fox News made the projection less than three hours after polls closed in Arizona.
No other major networks, including ABC or the Associated Press, have made a similar projection as of 9:30 p.m. Arizona time. Votes in Arizona are still being tabulated.
Biden currently holds a 54% to 45% lead over Trump in our state, with 1,290,521 votes to Trump's 1,088,052.
Following Fox News' projection, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Gov. Jan Brewer, and the communications director for Sen. Martha McSally, all Republicans, pushed back against the call.
"It’s far too early to call the election in Arizona," said Ducey said in a tweet.
"It’s way too early to declare a winner in Arizona!" said Brewer.
"This is absurd. There are more than 1 million votes to be counted with no Election Day votes yet reported. This call is irresponsible," said Caroline Anderegg, communications director for Sen. McSally.
It’s far too early to call the election in Arizona. Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven’t even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls. In AZ, we protected Election Day. Let’s count the votes — all the votes — before making declarations.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) November 4, 2020
It’s way too early to declare a winner in Arizona!— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) November 4, 2020
As a former Secretary of State, I know that hundreds of thousands of ballots still need to be counted - especially early ballots dropped off today at the polls.
We must count every vote!!@realDonaldTrump @POTUS @TrumpWarRoom