Sinema takes slight lead in recount after trailing McSally
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.
Republican Martha McSally led the vote after the polls closed Tuesday, with hundreds of thousands of ballots still uncounted, officials said.
As the count comes in, Ms. Sinema has overcome a sizable gap. The latest numbers give her 914,243 votes to Ms. McSally’s 912,137. Earlier in the day, the tally had stood at 856,848 for Ms. McSally and 839,775 for Ms. Sinema.
The McSally campaign said it still expects her to emerge victorious, pointing to its data modeling that showed the ballots counted Thursday, from Maricopa County, came in on early-voting days when GOP turnout was low.
The campaign said a large number of earlyvoting ballots dropped off on Election Day are still to be counted and they believe those will favor the Republican.
Republicans have so far netted two Senate seats — ousting three incumbent Democrats but losing one of their own.
Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema leads Republican Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate race. Ms. McSally held the lead on Tuesday after the polls closed, but hundreds of ballots were still uncounted, officials said Thursday.