The results of the election were certified by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who’s a Democrat, with GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, Republican state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel in attendance.
The formalizing of the vote in Arizona leaves Wisconsin as the last remaining contested battleground state yet to certify its vote. Certification in Wisconsin is expected to take place later on Monday.
Biden was projected the winner in Arizona on Election Night by Fox News and The Associated Press. The other major news networks projected Biden as the winner in the state a week later. Biden ended up carrying the state by just over 10,000 votes, or three-tenths of 1 percent of the vote. Eleven electoral votes were up for grabs in Arizona.
The former vice president became the first Democrat since President Bill Clinton in 1996 to carry Arizona, and only the third since President Harry Truman in 1948.
The certification is the latest setback for the president, who refuses to concede to Biden, more than three weeks after Fox News, the Associated Press and other news networks projected that Biden would win enough electoral votes to defeat Trump and become president-elect. Trump’s legal team filed a spate of lawsuits in the key battlegrounds, in hopes of delaying the certification of the election, but the tactics have been unsuccessful to date.
Recounts in Wisconsin and Georgia requested by Trump have also failed so far to alter Biden’s victories. Trump’s defeat in Arizona — since the margin was greater than a tenth of 1 percent — doesn’t qualify for an automatic recount. While there’s no provision in the state for a losing candidate to request a recount, Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward has indicated the state party will file a challenge to the results after they were certified.
A lawsuit by the state GOP to force a hand recount of some ballots in Maricopa County, the state’s largest, was dismissed on Nov. 19, due to no evidence of voter fraud.
The top two attorneys steering Trump’s legal efforts — Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis — appeared Monday in Phoenix with a group of GOP state lawmakers, for a “fact-finding” meeting to discuss potential fraud in the election. The two lawyers took part in a similar meeting last week in Pennsylvania, another state where Biden narrowly defeated the president. Pennsylvania, as well as the battlegrounds of Michigan, Nevada and Georgia, have also certified their election results over the past week and a half.
In his first interview since this month’s election, Trump once again claimed that the “election was a fraud; it was a rigged election.”
“We had glitches where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account,” the president charged without backing up his claim, in a conversation with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
But Trump also appeared to acknowledge that his legal bid to overturn the election results “probably” wouldn’t reach the U.S. Supreme Court, which has been the goal of his legal team.