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JUST IN @KyrstenSinema statement on undecided #AZSEN election. @MarthaMcSally leads by 15,000 votes statewide but trails by 8,000 (out of 979K cast) in Maricopa County. There are an estimated 500K uncounted ballots in Maricopa. Update on uncounted ballots at 10 am. #12News
UPDATE @azcentral estimates 100K uncounted ballots in Pima County - Sinema winning there 56-44 - and 300K in Maricopa County. I haven't been able to confirm. #AZSEN
UPDATE Maricopa County recorder’s office confirms 472,000 ballots left to count. #AZSEN #12News
UPDATE Per @Garrett_Archer, there are 90,000 to 100,000 uncounted ballots in Pima County, Arizona’s second-largest county. @kyrstensinema is winning Pima, @MarthaMcSally’s home county, 56-44. Total Arizona uncounted ballots: about 575,000. #AZSEN #12News
UPDATE Add 40,000 uncounted ballots in Pinal County, suburban/rural county bordering Maricopa County, per @Garrett_Archer. @marthamcsally leading @kyrstensinema in Pinal 56%-44%. So close to 650,000 uncounted ballots in Arizona. #AZSEN #12News
UPDATE Maricopa County elections office will count 472,000 remaining ballots from 7am to 10 pm every day until done, including weekends and Veterans Day.
WAYBACK MACHINE I've been saying Arizona elections end with tens of thousands of uncounted ballots. This pic's from a story I did after 2012 presidential: Boxed stacks of thousands of provisional ballots lining halls at the Maricopa County recorder's office.
UPDATE I'm now estimating 650,000 uncounted ballots across Arizona. #AZSEN
NEW Arizona Republican Party sues state & county elections officials over procedure for verifying early ballots. Suit aimed at 2 largest counties - Maricopa & Pima - w 580K uncounted ballots. #AZSEN
READ Lawsuit filed by @AZGOP vs state & county elex officials. My take: Good luck getting judge to make election law after election ended. AZ tweeters will appreciate this irony: Suit based in part on elections manual @SecretaryReagan never updated.
Maricopa County's top elections official @RecorderFontes responds to @AZGOP lawsuit.... #AZSEN
UPDATE Preliminary hearing on @AZGOP lawsuit at 11:15 am today in Maricopa County Superior Court. Hearing will be held via phone. No decisions anticipated. #AZSEN #12News
This is escalating ....
IRONY ALERT While @AZGOP argues in court that Maricopa & Pima Counties are illegally allowing voters to correct errors on early ballots, @AZGOP calling for volunteers to help do same. (Not that there's anything wrong with that - unless judge says so.) #AZSEN
COURT UPDATE Maricopa County Judge Margaret Mahoney wants briefs from both sides tonight in @AZGOP challenge to handling of early ballots. Sets hearing for 2pm Friday, per @ArielSalk. #AZSEN
BALLOT DROP Maricopa County posts 1st batch of counted ballots from 472,000 uncounted at 5pm AZ time. Could be 50K-75K. Other AZ counties will randomly post theirs. #AZSEN & #AZSUPE too close to call. @MarthaMcSally started day +17K vs @kyrstensinema.
HEADS UP Big ballot drop coming at 5pm from Maricopa County: about 100,000 votes, more than 20% of uncounted ballots. #12News #AZSEN
ALSO WATCHING Arizona school superintendent election is only other statewide race that's too close to call. GOP @RiggsforAZ leads Dem @kathyhoffman_az by 7,852 votes, 50.2% to 49.8%. Hoffman leads in Maricopa by 3,000 votes.
BREAKING Dem @kyrstensinema takes slim lead over GOP @MarthaMcSally in Arizona Senate race after Maricopa County ballot drop. Sinema expands lead in Maricopa to 28,000 votes. Statewide numbers below. #AZSEN #12News
BREAKING Maricopa County ballot drop propels Democrat @kathyhoffman_az from 8,000-vote deficit to 12,000-vote lead over @RiggsforAZ
HOW MANY BALLOTS? Maricopa County dropped 130,000 of its uncounted ballots. About 345,000 left to process. FYI Today's ballot drop was product of 2 days' work by staff. Future drops should be smaller. #AZSEN
KEEP IN MIND We still haven't heard from Pima County, which Sinema leads 56-44, has 100,000 uncounted ballots. #AZSEN
MATH @kyrstensinema won 58% of the 130,000 Maricopa ballots dropped today. These ballots were 'early earlies' - early ballots that arrived at recorder's office late last week, when Dem returns were catching up to GOP.
UPDATE @kyrstensinema lead expands to 9,000 votes as Pima County, @marthamcsally's home base, reports. Sinema was leading in Pima 56-44. Not sure how many votes Pima counted. #AZSEN
REALITY CHECK Still up to half-a-million uncounted ballots statewide. Long way to go, folks.
Pima County posted 24,000 of its 100,000 uncounted votes.
UPDATE Pima County says it has 61,000 ballots left to count.
The campaign. Never. Ends. #AZSEN
In Arizona, a different kind of electoral challenge...
President Trump's campaign manager amps up right-wing conspiracy theory. Friendly reminder: Arizona county of which he speaks was only one of 10 largest counties in US to vote for Trump in 2016.
HEADS UP Maricopa County's 2nd ballot drop coming at 5pm. About 80K expected vs Thursday's 130K (that was 2 days worth). #AZSEN #12News
BREAKING @kyrstensinema lead grows from 9,500 votes to 21,000 with Maricopa County vote drop. #AZSEN #12News
WHY SINEMA"S LEADING It's all about Maricopa County
-@kyrstensinema's up by 39,000 votes over @MarthaMcSally, 51%-47%, in Arizona's largest county.
-She's overcome Dem registration disadvantage: 35% R 34% I 29% D
-#MariCo was +3.5 for Trump in 2016.
#AZSEN #12News
MUST READ Why isn't @MarthaMcSally joining @AZGOP's 'vote fraud' chorus? Perhaps thinking ahead to Senate appointment by @dougducey, per @politico. #AZSEN
MATH TIME At 5pm Saturday, Maricopa County will drop last batch of ballots believed to be most favorable to Sinema. Next up are final 200K ballots McSally camp claims are her firewall - largely early ballots cast election day (more)
MATH TIME (more) But how far behind will McSally be after 5pm Saturday? 20K gap now. 30K gap Sat plausible. Can she make it up? Math points to Maricopa ballot drop Sunday, w 'firewall' votes, as decisive moment in vote count. #AZSEN
My bad. Here's the @politico story on McSally's silence:
The 200,000 votes in McSally firewall are all in Maricopa County. Sinema lead has expanded from 8,000 to 40,000 in MariCo in two days.
... And @MarthaMcSally just issued comment on @AZGOP suit to expand review of early ballots.
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