US President-elect Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Arizona, Edison Research has projected, dealing another blow to President Donald Trump’s struggling effort to overturn the results of the presidential election.
Mr Biden’s win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, more than the 270 needed to claim victory. He is also winning the popular vote by more than 5.2 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points.
With a few states still counting votes, the electoral math is daunting for President Trump. He has repeatedly claimed the election was marred by widespread fraud, with no evidence to support his assertions. 
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits challenging the vote counts in individual states, although some have already been thrown out by judges. Legal experts have said the litigation stands little chance of altering the outcome, and state election officials have said they see no evidence of serious irregularities or fraud.
Hand-count audits in more than six Arizona counties, including Maricopa County, where a majority of the state’s residents live, found only minor discrepancies, the secretary of state’s office reported earlier today. The audits involve hand counts of a random sampling of ballots.
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Thus far, most Republican officials and politicians have publicly backed Mr Trump’s attempt to contest the election results and declined to recognise Joe Biden as the president-elect.
But a handful of Republican senators have urged the Trump administration to allow Mr Biden to receive intelligence briefings, implicitly acknowledging he could eventually occupy the White House even as they refused to recognise his win.
The president-elect traditionally receives such briefings from the intelligence community to learn of threats facing the United States before taking office.
Senator John Cornyn told reporters: “I don’t see it as a high-risk proposition. I just think it’s part of the transition. And, if in fact he does win in the end, I think they need to be able to hit the ground running.”
Other Republican senators also said Mr Biden should have access to classified briefings, including Lindsey Graham, a vocal Trump supporter, as well as Ron Johnson, James Lankford and Chuck Grassley.
However, the top House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, opposed the idea.
He said: “He’s not president right now. I don’t know if he’ll be president on 20 January.”