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Ballots are counted at the Maricopa County Election Department after the presidential election in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 5. Photo: Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) told Fox Business Network Wednesday there's "no evidence" of voter fraud in the state and "there are no facts that would lead anyone to believe that the election results will change."

Why it matters: President Trump filed lawsuits in Arizona and other swing states in an effort to change the outcome of President-elect Biden's projected election win.

  • While none of the suits are expected to change the race outcome, they may delegitimize the election in the eyes of Trump supporters — some of whom protested outside an Ariz. election center last week as elections officials counted votes inside in the state that Biden is projected to win.

The state of play: In Ariz., Trump re-election campaign attorneys allege Maricopa County incorrectly rejected votes cast by in-person voters on Election Day, and they argued that evidence they say supports this should be sealed.

  • But a judge in the state on Tuesday agreed with elections officials who urged the court not to do so because the public "has a right to know how flimsy Plaintiffs' evidence actually is," the Arizona Republic reports.

What he's saying: Brnovich noted to Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto that the votes being contested represent less than 200 ballots, so even if those votes were flipped, it's unlikely to make a difference to the presidential election outcome.

  • "Right now, there is less than 50,000 votes to count, and the president would have to get about 65% of them to win Arizona, so it does appear that Joe Biden will win Arizona," he said.
  • "[I]f indeed there was some great conspiracy, it apparently didn't work since the county election official who was Democrat lost and other Republicans won. ... it came down to people split their ticket."

The bottom line: "People vote for Republicans down ballot, but they didn't vote for President Trump," Brnovich said.

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GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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Dominion files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani

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Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday seeking $1.3 billion in damages for his "demonstrably false” allegations about the company's voting machines.

Why it matters: Giuliani led former President Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election and spread the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines flipped votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

California governor declares drought emergency in most counties

A sign in April on the outskirts of Buttonwillow in California's Kern County, one of the top agriculture producing counties in the San Joaquin Valley, after historically low winter rainfall. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover 41 of the state's 58 counties on Monday.

Why it matters: Most of California and the American West are experiencing an "extreme" or "exceptional" drought, per the U.S. Drought Monitor. Newsom and other officials are concerned California could experience a repeat of the catastrophic 2020 wildfire season.