PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The final 1,700 ballots in Apache County were counted and processed Saturday. President-elect Joe Biden will hold his lead over President Trump in Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.

As of Saturday night, Biden's lead in Arizona increased slightly to 10,377 votes. Thursday night, CBS News decided to call the race for Arizona after the remaining ballots left in the state showed President Trump did not have a chance to comeback and win the state. 

Maricopa County finished counting all of their ballots by Friday evening, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has to certify Arizona’s election results by Nov. 30.

The presidential election doesn't end with the ballot counting

Statewide unofficial results (Arizona Secretary of State's Office) as of 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14

  • Joe Biden - 1,672,054 (49.39%)
  • President Donald Trump - 1,661,677 (49.09%)
  • Difference: 10,377 (0.30%)

Maricopa County unofficial results (Maricopa County Recorder's Office)- as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13

  • Joe Biden -- 1,040,774 (50%)
  • President Donald Trump -- 995,665 (48%)
  • Difference --  Biden leads by 45,109

President-elect Joe Biden

Although Biden is projected to be the next president, the ballots are continuing to be counted in several states. CBS News and CNN were the first national outlets to make the call Saturday morning. CBS News explained that Biden's lead had become mathematically "insurmountable" for Trump.

The last incumbent to not be re-elected was George H.W. Bush in 1992 when he lost to Bill Clinton. 

Biden's projected win brings another historic moment -- Kamala Harris will be the first woman and Black person to hold the office of vice president.

On Saturday night, Harris and Biden addressed the nation from Delaware. Biden called for peace and unity and he was humbled by the trust and confidence that America has placed in him.

"I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but unify, who doesn't see red states and blue states, but only sees the United States," Biden said.

President-elect Joe Biden seeks to unite nation with victory speech

Harris recognized the long battle women had faced for the right to vote and to break into the highest ranks of American politics.

"While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last," Harris said. "Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."

Claims of fraud?

One of Arizona's most powerful Republicans rejected baseless claims of voter fraud on Nov. 12.

"We haven't seen any evidence of fraud or people being disenfranchised," Attorney General Mark Brnovich said. "I think if you look at the numbers, I've said this before, I'm not a math whiz but it appears highly unlikely that the president will catch up to him."

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said a hand audit of two percent of the votes in each county has already been conducted as required by law.

Hobbs tweeted Saturday morning about Republican claims of fraud.

"My office has been putting out information for months about how election processes work in the state & all we do to ensure security & fairness," the tweet reads. "If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s on you, but don’t show up when you don’t like the result & scream fraud w/no evidence."

Protestors outside the Election Center in Phoenix

Protestors gathered outside the Election Center in downtown Phoenix Thursday evening as votes continued to be tallied inside.

She also added that when it comes to voting trends, this year many Democrats went outside the normal voting behavior and voted early, so it could go either way.

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"These things take time," Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Tuesday night. "We want to get them done right -- not fast. We've got to signature verify those, process all of those, and then tabulate them. That's gonna take a little time."

Important dates ahead

According to Arizona law, the secretary of state has up to three weeks after the election ("the fourth Monday following the general election") to certify their election results. (ARS § 16-648) That date is Nov. 30. On Dec. 14, electors throughout the country will cast their votes in their respective states. On Jan.6, 2021, Congress will meet in a joint session to count the electoral votes and declare the results. Inauguration Day is Jan. 20.

The presidential election doesn't end with the ballot counting

Tweets about Biden's projected win

Not long after the news broke, Biden's official twitter account had been updated to refer to him as "President-Elect."

"America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country," Biden tweeted. "The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."

Harris' Twitter account was similarly updated to call her Vice President-Elect.

"This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me," she tweeted. "It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started."

She also shared video of her calling Biden.

"We did it. We did it, Joe. You're going to be the next president of the United States."

President Donald Trump's campaign has said it has no intention of conceding the race to Biden. Concession is not a legal requirement. Before CBS News and other outlets called the race, Trump tweeted, "I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!"

After the announcement, Trump, who was on the golf course Saturday morning, said in a statement that “our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”

Minutes after CBS News projected that Biden will be the 46th president of the United States, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema released a statement.

"Arizonans voted in record-breaking numbers to support pragmatic, practical leaders who will bring Americans together and heal our country's divisions. Today's election results represent a chance to deliver on the needs of everyday Americans, rather than a mandate to pursue partisan goals that could further divide Americans. Now is the time to deliver critical relief to Arizona families and employers, make health care more affordable, deliver for our veterans, and expand opportunities for Americans across the country - all while keeping our nation safe and secure. President-elect Biden and I do not agree on every issue, and just as I did when working with President Trump, I will always vote based on what's right for Arizona and will continue working with anyone to get things done for our state. I pledge to continue working across the aisle, seeking compromise instead of sowing division - because we are in this together. Regardless of who each of us voted for, Americans deserve a government that is worthy of us and working for us."

Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, also tweeted to Biden and Harris. She endorsed Biden in late September and was featured in an ad for his campaign in October.

"Congratulations to my dear friend and President-elect @JoeBiden Vice-President-elect @KamalaHarris. Its time to move beyond politics and toward building a stronger America. I know Joe will unify the country toward a better future."

 

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