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 FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 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 McSallyOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 Planned Parenthood targets GOP senators in seven-figure ad campaign Political ad spending set to explode in 2020 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.