Pro-Trump protesters chant 'Fox News sucks', try to get inside Arizona election HQ during vote count
- A growing crowd of around 200 people packed the parking lot outside of the Maricopa County Election Center in Arizona.
- The pro-Trump protesters chanted "Fox News sucks" in opposition to the network's call for Arizona's 11 electoral votes to go to Democratic nominee Joe Biden Tuesday night.
- Some in the crowd tried to get inside the building to see the vote count, Gadi Schwartz of MSNBC reported late Wednesday.
- The protest elicited comparisons to the Brooks Brothers Riot in Miami-Dade County back in the 2000 election.
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Just outside of the building where thousands of votes are being counted in Arizona's most populous county, a crowd of around 200 people gathered late Thursday night as a tense situation unfolded.
The pro-Trump group chanted "Fox News sucks" to register their opposition to the network's early call for Arizona and its 11 electoral votes to go for Democratic nominee Joe Biden Tuesday night, well before other media outlets.
Some of those gathered outside of the Maricopa County Election Center in Phoenix demanded entry to the facility where the votes were being counted, according to MSNBC's Gadi Schwartz.
Schwartz reported the protesters asking law enforcement to let them inside were holding up smartphones and claiming they were journalists.
The protest elicited comparisons to the Brooks Brothers Riot in Miami-Dade County in the 2000 election, when pro-George W. Bush protesters were able to successfully shut down a recount that may have given the Florida lead to then-Vice President Al Gore — though the Maricopa crowd also chanted "count the vote."
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Biden has been leading President Trump in Arizona since returns began coming in, with a few hundred thousand ballots left to count.
Many of those are early and mail-in votes from Maricopa County, where Biden has performed well and tends to outperform Trump, even more so among those who voted by mail.
Trump still has a chance of being able to to win Arizona, but surmounting Biden's lead given the makeup of the ballots left to be counted would be steep, and he would need to overperform the rate at which he's been getting votes thus far in the count.
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