Republicans File Suit Over Ballot Count In McSally/Sinema Race

Trump's trade policies have scrambled partisan lines for congressional candidates ahead of the midterm vote with some Republicans opposing his policies and some Democrats supporting

Trump's trade policies have scrambled partisan lines for congressional candidates ahead of the midterm vote with some Republicans opposing his policies and some Democrats supporting

The Arizona Senate race between GOP candidate Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema remained at a virtual tie Monday, with many voters still undecided just 24 hours before they head to the polls.

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.

Lawyers who filed the suit say they'd be happy if Mahoney made a decision to order the state's more rural counties to follow the same procedures, which would have the effect of expanding the vote count.

The Range does not have an official count of the number of outstanding ballots in Pima and Maricopa counties, but we're told by one political veteran that the number is somewhere around 600,000.

The plaintiffs in the suit are the separate Republican Party divisions for the counties of Yuma, Navajo, Apache, and Maricopa, and the complaint deals with the signature verification process for mail-in ballots. Four group plaintiffs filed the suit last night, challenging the way counties have allowed voters to fix signature problems on mailed-in early ballots. If county recorders have issues verifying signatures they are allowed to ask voters to verify their identity. It's unclear how many of those ballots exist. McSally's second and successful bid for the seat ended with a recount in December of 2014, more than one month after the election. 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.

The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard Friday, after the next release late Thursday of tallied ballots. McSally is losing both Maricopa (by roughly 8,000 votes) and Pima counties (by a much wider margin of roughly 37,000 votes) but she pulled off big wins in the conservative rural counties. "Once they are counted, we are confident that Kyrsten Sinema will be the next Senator for the state of Arizona", Piatt said.

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On her campaign website, Green wrote that she "felt the only way I could make my Senate race matter is to withdraw from it".

Leonard Aragon is a Democrat and supports Sinema.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was easily re-elected over a challenge from Democrat David Garcia, a professor. The GOP notched victories in the Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State races as well.

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

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

Green ran as the Green Party candidate but dropped out on November 1, five days before Election Day - and endorsed Sinema.

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