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Texts revealed state GOP official directed supervisors to ‘stop the counting’ The top elections official in Arizona has urged the state’s attorney general to open a criminal investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies last year to halt or overturn the state’s counting of ballots from the 2020 election. Katie Hobbs, whose position is the second-highest ranking executive job in the state, urged Attorney General Mark Brnovich in an email on Wednesday to investigate revelations that Mr Trump and his former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, made multiple attempts to get in contact with members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors as they oversaw the count of ballots in the state’s most populous county, which went for Joe Biden. Their efforts were revealed in an investigation by The Arizona Republic, which uncovered that the two men made multiple attempts to personally get in contact with the county-level officials in charge of counting ballots and certifying election results for part of the state. Those officials were also contacted by Dr Kelli Ward, the state’s GOP chair, who urged them in texts to stop counting ballots, according to the Republic.

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