Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally Election Results: Who Is Winning?

Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally Election Results: Who Is Winning?

Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally Election Results: Who Is Winning?

If that's the case, it will be some time before we know who won the U.S. Senate race between Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally.

As of a few minutes before 8 p.m. ET Thursday, Sinema held a slim lead with 49.1% of the vote, while McSally was right behind with 48.6% of the vote, with 83% of the vote reported, CNN results show.

"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.

About three-quarters of Arizona voters cast ballots by mail.

GOP officials in the state filed a lawsuit asking that rules regarding the handling of ballots be made uniform throughout the state.

Currently, several other counties that lean Republican destroy mail ballots if voters don't help verify their signatures before polls close on Election Day. If county recorders have issues verifying signatures they are allowed to ask voters to verify their identity. Assuming that trend holds and most of the uncounted ballots are in Pima and Maricopa, the remaining ballots could favor Sinema enough to put her over the top.

She's one of the congressional Democrats most likely to vote to back Trump's agenda but has spent the race hammering McSally for casting a vote for the health bill backed by the president.

The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard Friday, after the next release late Thursday of tallied ballots. "That's absolutely wrong, and the Arizona Democratic Party is fully prepared to fight to ensure that every last Arizonan has their vote counted".

Both Sinema (88 percent) and McSally supporters (88 percent) have a high degree of vote certainty, and equal numbers of Democrats (50 percent) and Republicans (50 percent) are extremely interested in the election.

Sinema tweeted that the "race is about you and we're going to make sure your vote is counted. There are a lot of outstanding ballots - especially those mailed-in - and a lot of reasons to feel good!"

"A foundational principle of American democracy and our justice system is that all votes are treated equally", Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines said in a statement to the Arizona Republic.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was easily re-elected over a challenge from Democrat David Garcia, a professor.

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

The avid triathletes are battling over the seat vacated by Sen. McSally, 52, is a onetime Trump critic who has embraced the president since his election.

The situation could represent a cruel twist of fate for Sinema, who started her own political career running for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002 as an independent affiliated with the Arizona Green Party.

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