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US Election 2020: Biden campaign was anticipating Arizona tightening

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - NOVEMBER 05: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks while flanked by vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), at The Queen theater on November 05, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden attended internal meetings with staff as votes are still being counted in his tight race against incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump which remains too close to call. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon anticipated President Trump gaining a bit of ground in Arizona’s Maricopa County, which led her to issue this gentle warning yesterday: “Folks are going to need to stay patient and stay calm.”

They had expected Trump to close the gap in Arizona’s largest county – but they still believe Biden has more support coming in from the 220,000 uncounted votes in the state. They remain confident he will carry the state.

The Biden campaign remains focused on Pennsylvania today. They were hoping Pennsylvania would be called before the Arizona development, an aide said, but they insist it doesn’t change the trajectory of things.

They’re still confident Biden is on the cusp of being declared president.