A potentially consequential error has been discovered that may affect the results of the presidential election in Arizona.
Edison Research, which is used by major news organizations to report voting results had reported that 98 per cent of precincts in Arizona were counted when in fact only 86 per cent were tallied.
Patrick LaForge, an editor for New York Times tweeted, “An error was found in the data feed from Edison Research (used by @nytimes and other news organizations) for Arizona results – 86 percent of ballots have been counted, not 98%. NYT has not called the state for Biden, though he still leads.”
When asked about what percentage of remaining ballots are mail-in and what percent were cast on election day, LaForge responded, “According to the link, 100 percent of the absentee ballots were already counted, but I think I’d wait for the data outlet to fix its data before taking that to the bank. Arizona is just waking up (time difference) and presumably officials there will be clarifying matters today.”
“According to the Times, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won 51 percent of the vote compared to President Trump’s 47.6 percent. More than 2.7 million votes have been reported,” The Hill reported.
Jeff DuFour, the National Journal’s editor-in-chief noted: “This gives some credence to the Trump camp’s argument in a call with reporters that it expects to pull ahead in Arizona, because most of the outstanding vote is in Trump-friendly territory.”
ABC News, which previously called Arizona for Biden, has retracted its projection. As of the time of this report, Fox News is the only outlet that has officially called the state for Biden.