Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Sinema takes very thin lead over McSally in Arizona Senate race

Sinema takes very thin lead over McSally in Arizona Senate race

The Senate race between Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally remained too close to call Wednesday as the unexpected flood of voters left more than 650,000 ballots statewide left to count, further ratcheting up the tension in the contentious race.

Election officials said it likely will be at least Thursday before unofficial vote tallies for the McSally-Sinema race are in, as officials have to count ballots from remaining precincts, provisional ballots and "late early" ballots - those that were dropped off at the polls.

The suit filed Wednesday by four county Republican parties alleges that the state's 15 county recorders don't follow a uniform standard for allowing voters to adjust problems with their mail-in ballots, and that two counties improperly allow those fixes after Election Day.

In northern Arizona, there are still ballots to count in Apache and Navajo counties.

Currently, several other counties that lean Republican destroy mail ballots if voters don't help verify their signatures before polls close on Election Day.

In those cases where the signature on file does not match the signature on the ballot, the county recorder may call the voter to verify if the person did in-fact sign the envelope containing the ballot. It's unclear how many of those ballots exist.

Ninety-three percent of Democrats back Sinema, while 85 percent of Republicans support McSally.

"There are just so many votes that need to be counted, I don't know that we can say for certain why a candidate lost", she said.

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A hearing is scheduled for Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, Eric Spencer, elections director for the Secretary of State, told the Republic. The most populous part of Arizona, Maricopa County, said it won't start releasing late earlies and some other votes until late Thursday.

According to the Daily Caller, a new survey has McSally leading her progressive opponent by just one point, with 49% favoring the Republican compared to Sinema's 48%.

She added: "We're confident tomorrow will bring more good news". That's a shift from a race that drew national attention for its tense battle between two candidates vying to be Arizona's first female senator.

Leonard Aragon is a Democrat and supports Sinema. The GOP notched victories in Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State races as well. Both Sinema and McSally had served in the U.S. House and are vying for the seat now held by Republican Jeff Flake, who is retiring.

Five percent are still undecided about their vote in the Senate race.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson is defending his seat against a challenge by sitting governor Rick Scott, the GOP candidate. Jeff Flake, a Republican who decided not to run for re-election because he realized his criticism of President Donald Trump made it impossible for him to survive politically. McSally, 52, is a onetime Trump critic who has embraced the president since his election.

Sinema, 42, is a former Green Party activist who became a Democratic centrist with her first election to the House of Representatives in 2012.

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