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Arizona and Wisconsin certify Biden wins, further cementing Trump loss

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A supporter of Donald Trump holds a flag at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin, the United States, on Nov. 7, 2020. (Photo by Joel Lerner/Xinhua)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President-elect Joe Biden’s victories in Arizona and Wisconsin were certified on Monday, further cementing his win even as Donald Trump continues to make baseless claims of vote fraud.

“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,” Arizona secretary of state Katie Hobbs said during the vote’s final, official certification.

The last Democrat to carry the southwestern state in the race for the White House was Bill Clinton in 1996, marking a significant shift of the US electoral map this year.

Biden beat Trump by just over 10,400 ballots in a state where turnout was high, and shifting demographics saw a growing population of young Hispanic voters.

The ex-vice president’s win in the former reliably Republican bastion could also be attributed to suburban women attracted to his centrist approach, experts have said.

Trump has refused to concede to Biden, which delayed the start of the presidential transition by weeks, as he made baseless claims of fraud that have been shot down in state and federal courts.

“WOW, total election corruption in Arizona. Hearing on now!” Trump tweeted as his lawyers and some lawmakers met in Arizona.

Wisconsin, another hotly contested state which Trump narrowly won in 2016, also certified Biden’s win Monday, with Governor Tony Evers tweeting he had “carried out his duty”.

In the popular national vote, which does not decide the result but still has political and symbolic heft, Biden won by 51 to 47 percent.

The Electoral College is all but certain to go through the formal motions of confirming Biden when it meets on December 14.

 

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