Officials Say Wait Until Thursday For Results Of McSally, Sinema Senate Race

Officials Say Wait Until Thursday For Results Of McSally, Sinema Senate Race

Officials Say Wait Until Thursday For Results Of McSally, Sinema Senate Race

Now she's facing accusations of being a spoiler, as the vote difference between between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has narrowed to 1,977 votes as of Thursday night, with Sinema leading by.1 percent of the total vote.

Only a small fraction of votes separated the candidates, with McSally ticking ahead with 99 percent of precincts counted, according to the Secretary of State's website.

Election officials in Maricopa County, the state's largest, have warned that many votes may not start to be counted until Thursday.

Though the vast majority of Arizona voters cast their ballots early by mail, those who receive early ballots but then drop them off in person at polling stations on or close to Election Day can jam up the system.

Republican Party officials filed a lawsuit yesterday to limit which ballots can be counted.

The lawsuit seeks to prevent the state's two largest counties from contacting voters if there are problems verifying signatures on their early ballots. That's because officials say they need the time to do things like verify the signatures on the outside of the envelopes of all those early ballots. A September CBS News poll showed McCaskill and Hawley tied, 45 percent to 45 percent, and Real Clear Politics' most recent aggregation of other polls has them tied 46 percent to 46 percent. McSally's second and successful bid for the seat ended with a recount in December of 2014, more than one month after the election. "That's absolutely wrong, and the Arizona Democratic Party is fully prepared to fight to ensure that every last Arizonan has their vote counted".

The race for Arizona's Senate seat was very close heading into Election Day.

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Democrats hope Sinema can reverse a decade-long losing streak in all Arizona statewide races. Almost 9,000 votes separate McSally from Sinema. The GOP notched victories in the Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State races as well.

The Senate contest was the marquee race, a contest between two champion fundraisers who are no strangers to tight races.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson is defending his seat against a challenge by sitting governor Rick Scott, the GOP candidate.

Donald Trump won Arizona by 4 points in the 2016 presidential election.

McSally and Sinema have both remade themselves politically.

"Yeah, I mean, like if you were realistic, I think that you expected that we would take the House and wouldn't take the Senate and so I think it worked out the way I thought it would work out and most people did", said Aragon. She has tried to rally Republican voters by emphasizing her military background as the first USA female combat pilot while touting her support for the president's tax cut and other parts of his agenda.

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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