Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of ‘electoral corruption’

Outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of ‘electoral corruption’ Flake: Whitaker shouldn’t oversee Mueller probe Election Countdown: Arizona Senate race still too close to call | Florida vote tally fight heats up | Trump calls for Abrams to ‘move on’ MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump’s legal team: report Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of ‘electoral corruption’ Comey talked about sensitive FBI matters on personal email: report 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.”

There is no evidence of “electoral corruption” in Arizona, Mr. President. Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted. We appreciate their service. https://t.co/Xtd5Vd0gSu

His comments came hours after Trump criticized the vote count effort in Arizona, as officials continue to tally votes in the Senate race between Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyFlake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of ‘electoral corruption’ Sinema widens lead over McSally in Arizona Senate race Election Countdown: Arizona Senate race still too close to call | Florida vote tally fight heats up | Trump calls for Abrams to ‘move on’ MORE (R).

As of Friday night, Sinema led McSally by a total of 20,203 votes in the closely-watch 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 that this was 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. 

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