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Texas launches 2020 election “audit” demanded by Trump — as Arizona probe gives Biden a bigger win

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's administration announced a "forensic audit" of the 2020 election in four of that state's biggest counties on Thursday even as a similar effort in Arizona showed President Joe Biden winning with an even larger margin.

The Texas secretary of state's office announced the probe hours after former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pushed debunked lies about the election, demanded that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott add an election audit bill to the state legislature's special session. Trump won Texas comfortably, but for unclear reasons is unsatisfied with that result.

There has been no evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities in the Texas election but Trump wrote in his letter to Abbott that Texans "don't trust your election system, and they want your leadership on this issue, which is the number one thing they care about."

Hours later, the Texas secretary of state's office issued a statement announcing that it has "already begun the process in Texas' two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties — Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin — for the 2020 election," calling for the legislature to fund the effort.

The office is currently led by an interim chief after former Republican Secretary of State Ruth Hughs resigned amid Republican acrimony over her office confirming that the state's election was "smooth and secure."

The statement did not say what prompted the move but Democrats said the state was clearly bending to Trump's will.

"Let me be the first to congratulate the disgraced former president, Donald Trump, on his apparently becoming the new governor of Texas,"........

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