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Former President Donald Trump is pushing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for an "audit" of the 2020 election results in state he won handily, the latest move in his continuing efforts to undermine faith in the results of a presidential electionby of votes.
"Despite my big win in Texas, I hear Texans want an election audit!" Trump wrote in a letter to his close ally Abbott that was made public by Trump's political action committee Thursday.
"You know your fellow Texans have big questions about the November 2020 Election," the letter said. Trump has been stoking those doubts by continuing to falsely claim the election was "rigged" and "stolen" from him despite no evidence of any widespread fraud.
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The contractors tasked to audit the 2020 Maricopa County general election are poised to present their findings to the Arizona Senate on Friday, which offered a preview on Wednesday. © Provided by Washington Examiner Lead Contractor and Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, CyFIR founder Ben Cotton, and others tasked for the state Senate-commissioned operation will show the results of the review to Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Chairman Warren Peterson at 1 p.m. local time Friday, according to a press release.
Trump, who has not ruled out running for president again in 2024, has continued to publicly question the results in states he lost by narrow margins — he sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week demanding he decertify his loss there — but the request for an audit in a state he won by amargin over Joe Biden is a new tactic.
It comes as the former president's supporters have been pushing for audits and reviews of areas he won by blowout margins in hopes of unearthing fraud. Anearlier this week found a push to revisit November's results is underway or being called for in at least nine counties Trump won by more than 24 points.
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The partisan review of Maricopa County's 2.1 million ballots cast in the 2020 election found a vote count nearly identical to what the county had previously reported, a draft report detailing its findings shows. © Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett works to move ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Abbott's office did not respond to a request for comment. The Texas governor is up for re-election in 2022 and already trying to fend off conservative critics and.
"Texas needs you to act now," Trump declared in the letter to Abbott.
Trump urged thatbe passed in the current called by the governor, calling it "the perfect, and maybe last, opportunity to pass this audit bill." The bill would make it easier for candidates and county chairs to demand audits if they're skeptical of the results. It was sponsored by a state House Republican who , Steve Toth.
"Your citizens don’t trust the election system, and they want your leadership on this issue, which is the number one thing they care about," Trump wrote to Abbott.
Tothhis thanks to the former president for his support, adding the hashtag "AuditAll50States."
Responding to Trump's letter to him, Raffensperger told MSNBC on Wednesday that it's well past time to move on.
“At the end of the day, it's been 10 months now and I think I - I'm alarmed and I think most people are alarmed that we're still talking and still facing these issues of election disinformation, misinformation. It really at the end of the day hurts the social fabric of our nation," he said.
Pro-Trump Congressional Candidate Says 'Audit All 50 states' and 'Execute All Involved' .
Jarome Bell, running as an "America First" candidate in Virginia, made the statement after the Arizona audit results were announced.Republican Jarome Bell, who is running in Virginia's second congressional district, tweeted Friday, "Audit all 50 states. Arrest all involved. Try all involved. Convict all involved. Execute all involved. #MaricopaCountyFraud.