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Votes are counted by staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on Nov. 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Arizona Senate's Republican President Karen Fann said at a meeting Tuesday that a recount of 2020 presidential election ballots would go ahead despite objections from the GOP-led Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The big picture: Board officials said Monday they wouldn't help with the audit, which they called a "sham" that should be called off. Fann said Tuesday the recount was needed to answer constituents' questions. She added that the audit was "not personal." The Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, whose chief has supported baseless voter fraud claims, is conducting the recount.

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GOP-led Arizona board calls for end to election audit

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

The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors said in a letter Monday that the Arizona state Senate's GOP-led audit of its 2020 presidential election results should be called off.

Why it matters: The letter underscores divisions in the GOP between loyalists of former President Trump and those denouncing baseless election claims, which saw Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) ousted last Wednesday as the third-highest ranking House Republican after speaking out on the matter.

Scoop: Trump's new social network quietly courting influencers

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Former President Trump’s elusive new social media network Truth Social — which plans to go public — is reaching out to internet influencers asking them to “reserve their spots” for when it launches in February or March.

Why it matters: The outreach doesn’t mention Trump’s name or affiliation. Some influencers suggest that could be a ploy to enlist their support without realizing the affiliation.

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The electric aviation market is buzzing

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Boeing's $450 million investment in the autonomous electric air taxi startup Wisk is the latest sign of capital pouring into tech that could one day transform urban and regional mobility and curb carbon emissions.

Catch up fast: The aviation giant's latest funding for Wisk will help the California-based company develop the latest version of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.