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 FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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 McSallyArmy calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families Poll shows McSally, Kelly tied in Arizona Senate race Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid 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.