Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich pushed back on President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that he won the election and pointed out that voters backed other Republicans in the state.
Brnovich, a Republican, said that it looked like Biden would win the state as news outlets projected a week ago. With fewer than 50,000 votes to count in mostly Biden-leaning areas, he told Fox Business that there was virtually no way for Trump to make up ground.
"It is mathematically possible that the president could win 65% of the (remaining) votes," Brnovich said. "But, I'm just saying, if you talk to political people, pollsters, mathematicians, statisticians, they'll say that based on the trend line, that's not likely to happen."
He added that Trump’s lawsuit in the state only targets fewer than 200 votes.
"Even if it was possible that those votes flip, those 200 votes, I cannot think it will make a difference in Arizona just because of the numbers," he said. "There is no evidence, there [are] no facts that will lead anyone to believe that the election results will change."
Voters backed Republicans down-ballot:
While Trump and Sen. Martha McSally lost, Brnovich pointed out that other Republicans have much better results, including in Maricopa County, where Biden leads the president by two points.
"In Arizona, there was a prediction that the Legislature would flip; it didn't. There was some congressional districts that supposedly leaned Democratic; they didn't flip. The county recorder here — oversees elections — went from Democrat to Republican. The county attorney remained Republican," he said. "If indeed there was some great conspiracy, it apparently didn't work since the county election official who is a Democrat lost and other Republicans won."
"What really happened and came down to was people split their ticket. People voted for Republicans down-ballot but they didn't vote for President Trump or Martha McSally. That's the reality," he added. "Just because that happened doesn't mean it's fraud."
Other GOP officials push back too:
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, lamented that “there's a great human capacity for inventing things that aren't true about elections.”
"The conspiracy theories and rumors and all those things run rampant,” he told the New York Times. “For some reason, elections breed that type of mythology."
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, called allegations that the vote count was not transparent “laughable” and said there was not nearly enough illegal voting “necessary to change the outcome."
The Times called election officials in all 50 states from both parties. They said “there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race.”