Arizona officials on Monday certified the state's election results, affirming President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenStudent debt: It's the interest stupid US maintains pressure on Russia amid concerns of potential Ukraine invasion To stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade MORE as the winner at the same time President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE's legal team was levying unfounded claims of fraud at an event in the state.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Gov Doug DuceyDoug DuceyDemocrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative Arizona sues Biden administration over threat to claw back COVID-19 funds Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump MORE (R) and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich were all in attendance to sign off on the documents that declared Biden had won the state by more than 10,000 votes. Both Hobbs and Ducey vouched for the accuracy and security of the election, even as Trump has continued to sow doubt about the outcome.
"Every Arizona voter has my thanks and should know that they can stand proud that this election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona's laws and elections procedures despite numerous unfounded claims to the contrary," Hobbs said at the brief signing event.
"The system is strong, and that is why I have bragged on it so much," Ducey added.
Trump won Arizona in 2016, and his campaign was adamant that the president would prevail again in the state even days after Election Day. But Trump was never able to close the gap with Biden, making it the first time since 1996 a Democrat has won Arizona.
In addition to the presidential results, the officials certified the results of the U.S. Senate special election in which Mark KellyMark KellyDemocrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Filibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats MORE (D) defeated Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Business groups, sensing victory, keep up pressure over tax hikes Kelly raises million in third quarter MORE (R). Kelly is expected to be sworn in over the next few days.
Arizona's certification is the latest blow to Trump's attempts to overturn election results in key states that he lost to Biden. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia have all certified Biden as the winner in recent days, even as Trump directly attacks state officials there and lobs unfounded claims that the election was rigged.
Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOver 3,000 of Giuliani's communications released to prosecutors following FBI seizure National Archives transfers contested presidential documents to Jan. 6 committee Rhode Island school revokes honorary degrees for Giuliani, Flynn MORE, who is leading Trump's legal efforts to challenge the results, held an event in Pennsylvania last week with state Republicans in which they made allegations the election was corrupt. Giuliani was in Arizona on Monday for a similar gathering as state officials finalized the results.