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

By Chris McCrory and Gina Dattolo

PHOENIX – 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.

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. The total votes counted reached more than 1.7 million as of Wednesday afternoon, including votes for the Green Party candidate who dropped out of the race last week.

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.

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In Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, about 475,000 ballots need to be counted, according to Garrett Archer, a senior analyst with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Archer said early ballots have become a robust tradition in Arizona. He said “late early” ballots, which don’t get counted on Election Day, now are undergoing a signature-verification process.

“They’re essentially processing what is three or four days of early ballots as soon as possible … this is pretty standard for state general elections,” he said, adding that the count also involves a detailed review of provisional ballots.

“The counties set up teams that do the research for these provisional ballots, just to ensure the person who filled out the ballot is who they say they are,” Archer said. “It’s just one extra step.”

While they wait, Sinema, the Democrat, and McSally, the Republican, are staying out of the public spotlight. 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.

Arizona has not had a Democratic senator since Dennis DeConcini retired in 1995, and it has never sent a woman to the Senate in the state’s 106 years.

Neither McSally nor Sinema spoke to supporters at their respective watch parties Tuesday night. Organizers told crowds to leave about 11 p.m. after it became apparent no clear winner would be decided. Calls to both campaigns Wednesday were not returned.

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Election-result delays are hardly new for Arizona. In 2012, Colorlines.com spoke with a representative for the Secretary of State’s Office, who blamed “late early” ballots, the kind where an early ballot is dropped off on Election Day, as a cause of the slowdown.

According to the report, results for some races in 2004, 2008 and 2012 took weeks to be verified.

The new senator will replace outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, a two-term Republican who made headlines verbally tackling President Donald Trump. Flake announced his retirement in October 2017, setting off a three-candidate Republican primary to replace him.

The race had been viewed as one of the best chances for Democrats to shift the balance in Senate. But after Tuesday’s election results from other states appeared to give Republicans a Senate gain of three seats, Arizona is the last state where Democrats still have a chance to pick up a seat.


– Video by Samantha Lomibao

15 Comments on "Officials Say Wait Until Thursday For Results Of McSally, Sinema Senate Race"

  1. Doesn’t look too close to call!!

  2. RECALL THE INCOMPETENT ADRIAN FONTES, what a goofball. He will be know as: “FUMBLING FONTES”

    • CrazyInArizona | November 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm | Reply

      I can tell you this in all confidence: This wouldn’t be happening if Helen Purcell was still in charge of the elections. Fontes is an incompetent DemoRat shill who will drag his feet so the tutu socialist princess will take SnowFlake’s seat. He needs to be terminated. BRING BACK HELEN PURCELL!!!!

  3. I believe that if you deliver your early ballot on election day, you should drop it off at your assigned polling place and get verified and run the ballot through the machine at that time.
    While I love the early voting I wouldn’t be opposed to going back to showing up at the polling place and voting on election day. I do see how early and provisional voting could lend itself to Voter fraud.

  4. The Oracle of Tucson | November 8, 2018 at 8:49 am | Reply

    I’ll be happy to see Kyrsten Sinema take any seat, just not one in the US Senate.
    Personally I’d prefer she take a seat on a bus to her beloved socialist paradise of Venezuela.

    The Oracle

  5. This is ridiculous. Common Core?…. Learning to count 101…

  6. Pima County has over 80K ballot to count. They’ve done it before and might do it again. I’m sure the Recorder’s office will find at least 16K Democrat ballots. Of course the ballots will be destroyed before they can be looked at.

  7. Agreed. He only got the job because he promised to do it better than his predecessor. Well, that hasn’t happened so now we need to get rid of his incompetent butt and find somebody that actually has a clear idea about what the job entails.

  8. IS THIS VOTER SUPRESSION….? WHATS GOING ON.. 80% OF VOTING PLACES IN MARICOPA COUNTY NOT UP AN RUNNING IN THE AM. FUENTES SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED AND FIRED.

  9. REMEMBER THE DEMOCRATS WILL KILL TO REGAIN POWER.

  10. BREAKING NEWS JEFF FLAKE VOTED FOR SINEMA

  11. Crazyinarizona | November 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Reply

    This is election tampering. The Democrats invented it. Call in the FBI to investigate the principle actors in this fraud: Fontes and Reagan

  12. The only way democrsts can win an election is to lie, cheat,or steal. Happens ALL the time in Pima County. The Republicans that win must have double the votes so they can’t be stolen. Back to the polls to vote. Make them open 2 days and dye fingers with purple ink so they can’t vote twice. Here’s a radical idea. How about only citizens vote. YIKES! I can only imagine.

  13. The only way democrats can win an election is to lie, cheat,or steal. Happens ALL the time in Pima County. The Republicans that win must have double the votes so they can’t be stolen. Back to the polls to vote. Make them open 2 days and dye fingers with purple ink so they can’t vote twice. Here’s a radical idea. How about only citizens vote. YIKES! I can only imagine.

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