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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"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 McSallyTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses 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.