Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema took the lead in the Arizona Senate race in new numbers released by the state Thursday night, flipping the race from what had appeared to be a GOP hold.
Hundreds of thousands of ballots were still uncounted as the two congresswomen were separated by only a few thousand votes.
Lawyers who filed the suit say they'd be happy if Mahoney chose to order the state's more rural counties to follow the same procedures, which would have the effect of expanding the vote count.
"Arizona is seeing a historic midterm election turnout and Democratic voters are defying past historic early voting trends", added a political insider.
Republican groups in Arizona have filed suit against several of the state's county recorders and the secretary of state arguing that different standards are being applied to the counting of some mail-in ballots that were dropped off at polling locations. Four group plaintiffs filed the suit last night, challenging the way counties have allowed voters to fix signature problems on mailed-in early ballots.
Mahoney said it was too soon to require Maricopa and other counties to stop contacting voters to verify signatures on mail ballots. 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. McSally's second and successful bid for the seat ended with a recount in December of 2014, more than one month after the election.
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Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.
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A hearing is scheduled for Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, Eric Spencer, elections director for the Secretary of State, told the Republic. A judge ruled Thursday that the current vote counting could go on.
"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.
Democrats hope Sinema can reverse a decade-long losing streak in all Arizona statewide races.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was easily re-elected over a challenge from Democrat David Garcia, a professor. That seat is now held by a Democrat.
The Senate contest was the marquee race, a contest between two champion fundraisers who are no strangers to tight races. They are battling over the seat vacated by Sen. McSally, 52, is a onetime Trump critic who has embraced the president since his election.
Angela Green, a Green Party candidate, was running a distant third, with just over 2 percent of the vote.