With weeks passing since the Nov. 3 election and still the results are unclear, Americans are focusing on battleground states, such as Arizona, to find any indication as to whether President Donald Trump will successfully win his second term.
According to the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, Dr. Kelli Ward, the state of the presidential election in the Grand Canyon State is “far from over.”
“Do not lose heart,” Ward said. “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.” The state party leader made her comments in a Monday video, citing viral tweets from Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, who is known to harshly criticize the president and his supporters, referring to some Republicans as neo-Nazis.
“That doesn’t speak to being unbiased to me. Does it to you?” Ward queried. “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 went on to say that she and her team are working “hand in hand” with the Trump campaign to ensure that elections in Arizona accurately represent the will of the people who voted in them.
“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 her formal statement, Ward conveyed steadfast confidence that Arizonians voted to “deliver four more years for President Trump.”
This statement came just days after the Arizona Republican Party filed a lawsuit that demands a hand recount of the state’s votes, at the precincts versus at voting centers.
“There is a fundamental difference between sampling ‘polling centers’ and ‘precincts,’ most notable being the fact that there were only around 175 voting centers in this election but there were 748 precincts,” the Republican Party of Arizona said in a statement, announcing the legal challenge according to Breitbart.
“Hand counting by precinct would therefore potentially result in a more precise sampling of votes,” they added.
“In the past, voters were assigned a polling place inside their precinct. The Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote an election procedures manual stating that now we’re going to a voting center model,” Ward said concerning the suit.
“The fact of the matter is, we have to determine whether state statute as it exists is actually supreme to a manual written by a member of the executive branch,” she continued, adding that she “personally” believes state statute reigns supreme.
“So we are asking that that be clarified and that lawsuit is going forward,” she added.
Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona praised the Arizona GOP’s efforts.
“Ask the legal team to file a motion for an injunction to preserve all paper ballots and envelopes and to freeze access to the software,” he said in a tweet. “Not long ago @katiehobbs said she would use her office to only help Democrats. #wehaventforgotten.”
President Trump trailed Biden by roughly 11,400 votes as of Friday morning. As of Monday afternoon, the former Vice President led Trump by an even slimmer margin of 10,377 votes, according to Breitbart News.