Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey certified the state’s election results on Monday, including the win of Democratic Senator-elect Mark Kelly. President Donald Trump quickly signified his displeasure with the state’s decision on Twitter, citing allegations of election fraud made by members of his legal team.
Ducey announced that President-elect Joe Biden had won Arizona’s presidential election, formally giving Biden the state’s 11 electoral votes. Biden is the first Democrat to win Arizona’s presidential race since former President Bill Clinton‘s second campaign in 1996. Republican Senator Martha McSally conceded the election to Kelly in November, leaving Kelly to fulfill the remainder of the term left by the death of Arizona Senator John McCain.
At a hearing in Phoenix, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani alleged that Arizona’s voting process had been rife with fraud and asked members of the State Legislature to disregard the results of the election.
Ducey announced the certification of Arizona’s results during a Monday ceremony. “In addition to certification, with Senator-elect Mark Kelly winning the general election,” he said, “I will be signing official documentation today that will be hand delivered to the Secretary of the United States Senate so that Arizona’s newest senator can be sworn into office as swiftly as possible.”
Trump expressed disdain for Ducey’s remarks in light of his campaign’s voting fraud allegations. “Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in office, especially when so many horrible things concerning voter fraud are being revealed at the hearing going on right now,” the president tweeted Monday. “@OANN What is going on with @dougducey? Republicans will long remember!”
Newsweek reached out to Ducey’s office for comment.
Trump’s lawyers have referred to Arizona’s election as fraudulent, but Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Monday that the state “had an extremely well-run election and saw historically high voter participation.”
Giuliani told Arizona lawmakers Monday that Ducey and Hobbs had turned a blind eye to “the facts” of election manipulation in their state. “I don’t know who makes the choice in your state of who should be counting your votes,” Giuliani said. “But I know that person either is exceedingly naive or much worse.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that widespread voter fraud caused Biden’s win. Giuliani and members of Trump’s legal team have expounded upon Trump’s claims, citing alleged instances of ballots being miscounted and voting machines that were programmed to transform votes cast for Trump into Biden votes.
According to the Associated Press, Kelly defeated McSally with 51.2 percent of the popular vote. McSally received 48.8 percent of the vote. With Kelly’s victory, both of Arizona’s seats in the U.S. Senate are expected to be populated by Democrats. Arizona’s current senior senator, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, took office in January 2019.