“The Democrats are finding all sorts of votes in Nevada and Arizona. What a disgrace that this can be allowed to happen!” the former president wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.
It was unclear what Trump was specifically criticizing in the voting in the two states, but Democratic Senate candidates in both places are narrowing the gaps between themselves and their GOP opponents. In Nevada, Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto had 48 percent of voters’ support, compared with Republican Adam Laxalt’s 48.97 percent, as of Friday night.
Cortez Masto gained 8,716 new votes on Thursday night, according to CNN. The largest number of votes came in Clark County, which surrounds Las Vegas, where Cortez Masto won 61 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for Laxalt.
Laxalt gained 5,509 votes in total on Thursday. That day, around 105,000 votes were uncounted in Nevada, CNN reported.
The race for governor in Arizona is another contest where the Democrat is leading. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs had received 50.5 percent of voters’ support, compared with Republican Kari Lake‘s 49.5 percent, as of Friday night.
That gubernatorial race is happening in a state that narrowly backed President Joe Biden in 2020. If she wins, Hobbs, who worked as a social worker for many years, would become the Grand Canyon State’s first Democratic governor in over a decade.
The race was tight throughout the campaign, according to polls. On November 4, Trump-endorsed Lake was ahead in an aggregated poll from FiveThirtyEight, with 48.9 percent support to Hobbs’ 46.4 percent.
Lake has been considered a controversial candidate after making baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “corrupt. She was confronted last month with a reel of officials, who worked with Trump, debunking her election fraud claims. During an interview on CNN‘s State of the Union, co-host Dana Bash asked Lake about the fraud claims before showing her the reel.
Meanwhile, Hobbs’ campaign communications director, Sarah Robinson, told Newsweek before Election Day: “Every poll shows that this race is a dead heat. We’re seeing great energy and momentum on the campaign trail, and our message of lower costs, protecting fundamental freedoms and defending our democracy are resonating with Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.
“We’re confident that Arizonans will make their voices heard and vote for sanity over chaos,” Robinson said.
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s media office for comment.
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