Donald Trump is calling for a “new election” in Arizona as the Senate race between Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema remains too close to call.
“Just out — in Arizona, SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH. Electoral corruption – Call for a new Election? We must protect our Democracy!” Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon while he travels to Paris for Armistice Day celebrations.
The Senate race to fill retiring Jeff Flake’s congressional seat remains too close to call now three days after the heated midterm elections. The latest vote totals show Democrat Sinema to be leading her Republican opponent by 9,000 votes, or just half a percentage point.
The signatures the president is referring to are those that appear on mail-in ballots but do not match the ones already on file in two of the state’s largest counties. Arizona county recorders have been calling voters to verify that those signatures are in fact authentic. One of those mail-in voters includes Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Senator John McCain who served Arizona for over two decades.
But Republican groups across the state have filed a lawsuit to halt the official counting of the mail-in ballots, arguing that calling voters after Election Day is a violation of state law. Mail-in ballots account for about three-fourths of Arizona’s votes, and Sinema’s campaign believes that the ones still being tallied will be in her favor.