Gov. Doug Ducey: ‘Joe Biden did win Arizona’
Maria Polletta Arizona Republic
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Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged Tuesday that Democrat Joe Biden carried Arizona, nearly three weeks after the Associated Press called the state for Biden and nearly two weeks after several other major news outlets did.
During a Tuesday morning appearance on KTAR’s “The Mike Broomhead Show,” Ducey said he expected the state to certify Biden’s win and all other election results Monday.
“I’ve said several times: Arizona is a good government state,” Ducey said. “I trust our election system. There’s integrity in our election system. Joe Biden did win Arizona.”
Ducey, a Republican, previously had declined to recognize the president-elect’s Arizona victory. Less than a week ago, he said he would accept the results only after all related lawsuits were resolved.
After a judge tossed out the last of four election-related legal challenges Friday, though, Ducey remained silent. He also hesitated before acknowledging the results during the KTAR interview Tuesday.
Governor reluctant to acknowledge win
After discussing the state’s pandemic response at length, Broomhead shifted to the election, asking: “Are you ready to say that Arizona should be certified for Joe Biden?”
Ducey responded by detailing the state’s process for finalizing election results.
“You have voting. You have tabulation. Then, you have certification at the county level,” he said.
“The next step is state certification. There’s no reason at this point, with what’s happening inside the legal system, that that wouldn’t go forward. And that is my expectation.”
Broomhead pressed on, asking: “Is that a ‘Yes, Joe Biden won Arizona’ or not?”
Ducey then recognized that “Biden did win Arizona,” but suggested a narrow victory, noting the “10,300 vote margin, or approximately 0.3%.”
Secretary of state had urged Ducey to ‘stand up for the truth’
Ducey had refused to actively sow doubt about the integrity of Arizona’s election process as officials throughout the state counted and verified votes, unlike some of his fellow GOP officials.
But he’d also stopped short of saying there had been no evidence of election-related fraud, as Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs had done repeatedly.
Hobbs, who’d reported receiving violent threats in the wake of the election, had called on other state leaders to “stand up for the truth” regarding the legitimacy of Arizona’s results Wednesday. She specifically criticized Ducey for his “deafening silence” on the topic, saying he was contributing to “growing unrest.”
During a press conference a few hours later, Ducey reiterated his “confidence in Arizona’s election system.” But he insisted there was “still … some uncertainty left” regarding the presidential race.
Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich had dismissed ongoing claims of election fraud in Arizona and predicted a Biden win a week earlier.
Biden became the first Democrat to carry Arizona since President Bill Clinton did so in 1996.