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Trump vows to take legal action to fix Arizona’s election glitch

Trump vows to take legal action to fix Arizona's election glitch

Vote-counting problem hits machines in Arizona’s Maricopa County; officials scramble to fix the glitch

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talks with supporters Monday, Oct. 29, 2016, at his election night party in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talks with supporters Monday, Oct. 29, 2016, at his election night party in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — Donald Trump called it the “biggest cheating scandal in the history of the Republican Party” on Monday and vowed to take legal action to make sure the 2016 presidential race was free from such vote-counting errors in Arizona.

A computer glitch, triggered in Phoenix, could throw some of the state’s 20,000 polling places into turmoil on Tuesday, the eve of the presidential election.

It would be an unprecedented embarrassment for Trump, who has vowed to make Arizona his first stop on his national tour — and he would surely make news that could be picked up by news outlets overseas.

The computer glitch could also prove crucial to the outcome of the election, as the state’s election officials are counting early ballots on a small fraction of its 22 counties.

Trump called the situation a “big problem for the Democrats.”

But Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign said it was also a problem for Trump, who was relying on such glitches to pad his lead in the polls.

“It has the potential of causing a very real problem for Donald Trump in this election and, more importantly, in our electoral process,” said Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill. “He’s the first presidential nominee of a major party to come in under this kind of investigation and we hope and trust that the election commission will quickly and thoroughly investigate and fix this problem for all Americans.”

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday said Trump considered the state’s problem “a disgrace more serious than Watergate.”

The Associated Press contacted seven of Arizona’s counties Monday morning to request data on the number of “scoops

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