Dr. Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, provided an update on the state of the presidential race in the Grand Canyon State and assured Arizonans that “this election is far from over.”
“Do not lose heart. Do not allow the negativity and the fake news to bring you down. Arizona is in this fight 100 percent. We are out to make sure that our elections in our state have integrity,” Ward said in a Monday video, citing the viral tweets from Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who has a history of criticizing President Donald Trump and supporters, even referring to his base as neo-Nazis.
“That doesn’t speak to being unbiased to me. Does it to you? I think it’s something that we have to be very, very cognizant of. We’re going into the canvassing phase of this election. That means we’re assuring that the votes cast are cast as the voter intended and counted appropriately,” she continued, adding that they have “questions that have to be answered.”
Ward said that she, as well as her team, is working with the Trump campaign “hand in hand” to ensure that elections in Arizona have integrity.
“So stay strong. Stay firm. Understand that this election is far from over,” she said. “We do not have a president-elect at this time. States have not certified elections, and that’s what makes a president-elect — not the media, not the pundits, not the talking heads, not the fake news”:
In a formal statement, Ward expressed confidence that Arizona will ultimately “deliver four more years for President Trump.”
Last week, the Arizona Republican Party filed a lawsuit demanding a hand recount of votes by precinct rather than voting centers, emphasizing the difference in sampling 175 voting centers versus 748 precincts:
BREAKING: This afternoon, the @AZGOP filed suit to enforce a hand count by precinct, not voting center, as required by law.
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) November 13, 2020
NEW: @AZGOP now getting in on the legal challenges. The party just dropped a lawsuit earlier tonight demanding a hand count of votes by precinct, not vote centers. #ABC15 #YourVote pic.twitter.com/C1uW78SxJJ
— Nicole Valdes (@NicoleValdesTV) November 13, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden led Trump in Arizona by 10,377 votes as of Monday afternoon.