Sinema takes slight lead in re­count af­ter trail­ing McSally

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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