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Arizona governor says too early to call Trump, Biden race

Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyOregon governor orders schools to reopen by April 19 Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Arizona governor orders school districts to offer in-person learning by March 15 MORE (R) said late Tuesday that it was still "too early" to call the presidential race in the state, even as Democrat Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE appeared to have a lead over President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE in the traditionally red battleground.

"It’s far too early to call the election in Arizona. Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven’t even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls," Ducey tweeted around midnight.

“In AZ, we protected Election Day,” he said. “Let’s count the votes — all the votes — before making declarations.”

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Biden led Trump 53 percent to 46 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press.

The governor weighed in after Fox News projected late Tuesday that Biden would win Arizona, which has not gone for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1996.

Trump's campaign has slammed Fox for calling the race, with adviser Jason Miller labeling it “a complete outlier” from other media outlets.

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“There are still 1M+ Election Day votes out there waiting to be counted - we pushed our people to vote on Election Day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!” Miller tweeted, noting the president needs 61 percent of those uncounted votes to win the state. 

“@FoxNews should retract their call immediately,” he said. 

Former White House aide Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway calls for thorough Lincoln Project probe: 'The lying has to stop' Claudia Conway advances on 'American Idol,' parents Kellyanne, George appear The swift death of the media darlings known as the Lincoln Project MORE also retweeted an analysis from a Phoenix ABC affiliate reporter who said that “Trump is typically gaining votes 2 to 1 on updates” in the state. 

Former White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump likely to form new super PAC We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE Sanders joined in on the critique of Fox News while appearing on the network. She said some people believed that Fox News called the state “too early.”

Arnon Mishkin, the director of the Fox News Decision Desk, told viewers that "it's been clear for a while that the former vice president is in the lead in Arizona and was most likely to win the state."

"Yes, there are some outstanding votes in Arizona," Mishkin said. "Most of them are coming from Maricopa, where Biden is currently in a very strong position. And many of them are mail-in votes where we know from our Fox News voter analysis Biden has an advantage."

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He added that the president will likely win 44 percent of the outstanding vote when he needs at least 61 percent. 

"I'm sorry, the president is not going to be able to take over and win enough votes to eliminate that seven point lead that the former vice president has," he said.

Updated 1:37 a.m.