PHOENIX — Maricopa County election officials released another batch of ballot results on Friday night, with President Donald Trump inching closer but Joe Biden holding onto his lead in our state.
As of 7 p.m. Friday, Trump had continued to make up some ground, but was still trailing behind Biden by 29,861 votes across Arizona after the release from Maricopa County.
71,932 ballots dropped from Maricopa— The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) November 7, 2020
Biden: 31,433 (43.6%)
Trump: 38,388 (53.4%)
Though Biden's lead has kept shrinking slightly, Trump's gains reported in batch dumps Friday morning and evening are not on pace with what election experts have said he needs to maintain to win Arizona.
Reminder:— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) November 6, 2020
President Trump needed to continue winning ~58% of the remaining AZ ballots.
He just got 51.4%. https://t.co/3A7OPLJvf6
After the Friday evening ballot release, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said there were still 173,000 votes in Arizona still to be counted, including provisional ballots.
More than 1.8 million ballots were cast in the 2020 election in Maricopa County, which represents nearly 72% of total eligible voters, the Maricopa County Elections Department said in a news release this week.
Arizona remains a key state for both Biden's and Trump's campaigns.
Fox News Channel and the Associated Press have projected Biden will win Arizona and its 11 electoral votes. However, ABC News and other media outlets have not made a projection for Arizona.
ABC15 is not making election projections and is relying on the AP.
Another ballot drop is set to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday.