Jack Healy, Michael Wines and Nick Corasaniti at NYT:
After months of delays and blistering criticism, a review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county, ordered up and financed by Republicans, has failed to show that former President Donald J. Trump was cheated of victory, according to draft versions of the report.
In fact, the draft report from the company Cyber Ninjas found just the opposite: It tallied 99 additional votes for President Biden and 261 fewer votes for Mr. Trump in Maricopa County, the fast-growing region that includes Phoenix.
The full review is set to be released on Friday, but draft versions circulating through Arizona political circles were obtained by The New York Times from a Republican and a Democrat.
Late on Thursday night, Maricopa County, whose Republican leaders have derided the review, got a jump on the official release by tweeting out its conclusions.
“(TFG) brought attention to the Arizona electoral audit in a statement released Thursday night, apparently unaware of the reports that their findings confirm he is a bigger loser to current President Joe Biden than previously thought.”https://t.co/IAQngqL0fT— Changfucius (@AsianResister) September 24, 2021