US election: Trump supporters protest at Arizona collation centre
NEWSMAN – Supporters of United States President, Donald Trump, have surrounded Maricopa County Election Department, Arizona, protesting the election.
Some of the protesters were believed to be armed, and were seen protesting in a video broadcast on CNN. It showed many of the protesters carrying Trump banners and placards, expressing their frustration over a projection by a cable network that the Democratic party would win the state’s 11 electoral college votes.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden, who is the Democratic candidate, is currently leading the race in Arizona albeit by a small percentage.
Trump’s campaign on election night disputed the calls that they lost the state, citing the outstanding amount of mail-in ballots that had yet to be counted.
“Who’s checking the mail-in votes?” a protester on
Wednesday night could be heard saying over a loudspeaker, according to footage
posted to Twitter by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz.
“Democrats,” a woman answers. “Democrats are checking them.”
With 86 percent of the state reporting, Trump trailed Biden by just shy of 80,000 votes, according to The Associated Press.
As of late Wednesday night, the state was still tabulating more than 300,000 ballots, The Washington Postreported.
Trump had taken to social media on Wednesday claiming victory in the election and accusing the Democratic Party of trying to steal votes.
So far, Biden leading in results from 264 electoral votes and Trump 214, however, the first candidate to reach 270 votes wins.