Trump claims voter fraud in Arizona — RT World News

Former president’s prime candidate Blake Masters set to lose after days of countdown

Former US President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that Republican candidate Blake Masters had lost his Senate bid due to “election fraud” in Arizona. Masters was declared a preliminary loser to Democrat Mark Kelly on Friday, after an election marred by malfunctioning machines and slow vote counts.

“They start again” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. “Mass voting machines didn’t work, but only in Republican ridings. People were forced to queue for hours and then got exhausted… and left the voting lines by the thousands.

“It’s a scam and election fraud, no different from ballot box stuffing,” he continued, referring to his own allegations that pro-Democratic poll workers engaged in ballot harvesting to deliver Arizona to President Joe Biden in 2020.

“They stole the electron (sic) from Blake Masters,” he concluded, demanding that state officials “Redo the elections!”

Kelly was declared the winner by multiple US media on Friday night, with the incumbent Democrat leading the Masters 52% to 46%. Masters, however, did not give in and there are still 13% of the votes to be counted. If Kelly wins or Masters accepts defeat, control of the US Senate will hinge on Nevada, where Republican Adam Laxalt leads by less than a percentage point; and Georgia, where a runoff is scheduled for next month. Republicans need both seats to secure a majority in the upper house.

Maricopa County is the largest and most populous county in Arizona, encompassing the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Republicans began to sound the alarm when one in five voting machines at more than 200 polling places across the county broke down on Tuesday. With long lines forming, Masters and a number of other Republican candidates filed an emergency lawsuit to extend voting hours, which was denied.

Republican suspicions of fraud were heightened when ballot counting slowed to a trickle after Election Day. Although Maricopa County officials say tabulating those ballots can take a week or more, the state of Florida manages to count nearly all of its ballots in a single night, despite having four times the population of Maricopa County.

Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday, Masters blame his struggle in Arizona over miscounted ballots and Republican leader Mitch McConnell refusing to adequately fund his campaign.

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