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Arizona ballot count error: Only 86% counted, not 98% says NYT editor

Donald Trump in Phoenix, Ariz. in Feb. 2020. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr) | Joe Biden in Altoona, Iowa in Aug. 2019. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
November 04, 2020

A data error revealed late Wednesday morning shows that the undecided presidential race in Arizona has more uncounted votes than previously thought.

New York Times editor Patrick LaForge said Wednesday morning that 86 percent of Arizona’s voted had been counted, and not 98 percent as previously reported.

The discrepancy occurred due to a data feed error from Edison Research, and research organization. The NYT and other news organizations use Edison’s data for their election maps and projections.

Arizona’s own vote tally lists Democratic candidate Joe Biden leading with 51.0% of the vote for a total of 1.4 million votes, while President Donald Trump has 47.6% of the vote for 1.3 million votes.

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Trump currently holds the lead in 10 of Arizona’s 15 counties.

The Arizona Republic estimated that at least 400,000 ballots were left to be counted as of Wednesday morning, nothing “the number is likely much higher,” due to a lack of data gathered from the state’s counties.

Fox News and the Associated Press declared overnight that Biden had won Arizona. The early calls have been criticized due to the sizeable outstanding vote and the fact that Trump won the state in 2016 by four percentage points.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted around the narrow race, saying, “Not so fast. The race has narrowed in #AZ considerably. 130,000 votes separate the candidates, with hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted, from all over the state. I’ll say it again: Let’s count the votes, and let the people decide rather than making declarations.”

The  Trump campaign said Wednesday morning that they were confident Trump would win Arizona.

Trump advisor Jason Miller highlighted the data error in Arizona’s vote count in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

In another tweet, he affirmed the campaign’s confidence in winning the state.

The Biden campaign has not appeared to address the ballot error. In an overnight statement, however, Biden campaign managers Jen O’Malley said, “The counting will not stop. It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted.”

Biden campaign adviser Bob Bauer said, “We are winning the election. We’ve won the election. And we’re going to defend that election.”

Aside from Arizona, six states remained unaccounted for as of Wednesday early afternoon: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.