Arizona’s HUGE Reporting Mistake Resulted In News Orgs Calling The State For Biden Prematurely

Written by K. Walker on November 4, 2020

The error showed up on several news organizations reporting the results and had put the state firmly in Biden’s tally.

A data error was spotted on Wednesday morning regarding the reporting of the vote count in Arizona. The error made it appear that a higher percentage of the vote had been counted in the state and that led to Fox News and the Associated Press reporting in the wee hours of Tuesday morning that Biden had won Arizona.

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The New York Times editor Patric LaForge caught the error that showed 98% of the ballots were counted when it was 86%. That’s a huge difference in the purple state.

It was corrected by news outlets quickly.

In the vote count in Arizona,  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won 51 percent of the vote compared to President Trump’s 47.6 percent. More than 2.7 million votes have been reported. Biden has a lead of under 100,000 votes.

The Associated Press and Fox News both projected Biden as the winner in Arizona, though other news networks have not called the race. President Trump won the state by roughly 4 points in 2016.

Source: The Hill

Arizona Central reported on Wednesday that at least 600,000 votes that still needed to be counted, with about 450,000 of those coming from Maricopa County.

At least 600,000 ballots remained to be counted in Arizona as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to an Arizona Republic survey of country recorders.

County recorders had told The Republic early Wednesday that they had at least 400,000 ballots remaining to count, but Maricopa County officials didn’t yet know the number of mail-in ballots dropped off on Election Day.

Megan Gilbertson, the Elections Department spokeswoman, confirmed the number of mail-in ballots dropped off on Election Day totaled between 160,000 and 180,000. That along with additional information from the state’s rural counties pushed the number of ballots left to count above 600,000.

Source: Arizona Central

A final count is expected to be reported by 9 pm on Wednesday.

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