Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of 'electoral corruption'

Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of 'electoral corruption'
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Outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE's accusation that "electoral corruption" is taking place in Arizona. 

"There is no evidence of 'electoral corruption' in Arizona, Mr. President," Flake tweeted. "Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted. We appreciate their service."

His comments came hours after Trump criticized the vote count effort in Arizona, as officials continue to tally votes in the Senate race between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Eleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats brace for New Hampshire results MORE (R).

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As of Friday night, Sinema led McSally by a total of 20,203 votes in the closely watched race to replace Flake, who is retiring after this year.

The Arizona Senate battle has seen controversy, with a judge on Thursday rejecting the GOP's attempt to challenge Arizona's mail-in ballot counting procedures. 

The lawsuit was related to reports that some county recorders have been calling voters who submitted mail-in ballots with signatures that don’t match in an effort to verify them. The GOP alleged in the lawsuit that such a practice is illegal.

A settlement on Friday was reached allowing rural voters extra time to correct issues with their ballots, according to The Associated Press

Counties now have a Nov. 14 deadline to make fixes to problematic mail-in ballots.