A new poll signals that a majority of Arizona Republicans believe the ongoing audit of Maricopa County’s presidential election results will ultimately show that former President Donald Trump was the rightful winner of the November race.
According to OH Insights, more than 6 in 10 GOP respondents said that they predict uncovered evidence “shows that the election was stolen from President Trump in a number of states that the media and election officials have called for Joe Biden.”
Audit draws mixed reviews
Although the Arizona audit has prompted harsh criticism from many Democrats across the state and beyond, Trump and his allies continue to assert that fraud and ballot irregularities cost him a second term in the White House.
The forensic recount has led to an increasing number of Republicans endorsing the possibility that the election might have been stolen.
Even as those on the left attempt to discredit the audit and state Republicans who called for it, alleged irregularities were discovered in the process and many GOP voters are furious.
Some Republicans who were initially skeptical about Trump’s claims are now apparently more willing to listen.
When pollsters asked respondents which presidential nominee they believe will be shown to have received the most votes after the audit has concluded, 62% of Republicans said Trump.
What comes next
Although the audit has been cast as a purely partisan stunt by a number of prominent Democrats, the issue of election integrity is ostensibly apolitical. Auditors are not necessarily investigating to see who won the election but rather to ensure that election results cannot be manipulated.
Trump’s critics spent much of his term in office alleging that foreign intervention secured his 2016 win, though they are not similarly in favor of an audit seeking to uncover possible fraud in the most recent race.
Regardless of the outcome, it is unlikely that President Joe Biden will be going anywhere. The audit cannot reverse the election outcome even if massive fraud is uncovered.
Trump could theoretically use such findings in the upcoming midterm elections and a prospective 2024 White House bid.
The former president has increasingly hinted at another presidential campaign — and evidence of fraud in the last election could significantly boost his chances.