Data Error in Arizona Reveals 86 Percent of the Vote Counted, Not 98 Percent

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 31: Ballots are counted by Maricopa County Elections Department staff ahead of Tuesdays election on October 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Early voting lasted from October 7th through the 30th in Arizona, which had a record number of early voters. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
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A data error in Arizona’s vote count percentage made it appear a higher percentage of the vote had been counted Wednesday morning.

The error was found in Edison Research data, and identified by New York Times editor Patrick LaForge.

Initially, figures showed that 98 percent of the vote had been tallied, but as of 12:09 p.m., 86 percent of the vote was counted.

News organizations quickly corrected the error.

In Arizona’s vote count, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden won 51 percent of the vote while President Donald Trump won 47.6 percent of the vote, according to the Arizona Secretary of State website.

More than 2.7 million votes have been counted. Biden is in the lead by just under 100,000 votes.

Both the Associated Press and Fox News named Biden the winner in Arizona. Trump won the state of Arizona by four points in 2016.

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