Set­tle­ment reached in tight Ari­zona Se­nate vote count

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PHOENIX — Ari­zona Repub­li­cans who had al­leged the state’s two big­gest coun­ties — Mari­copa and Pima — were il­le­gally count­ing some bal­lots changed course Fri­day and agreed to set­tle their law­suit if ru­ral vot­ers also get an ex­tra chance to fix prob­lems with bal­lots cast in the state’s tight U.S. Se­nate race.

The set­tle­ment was tech­ni­cally be­tween Repub­li­cans and the state’s county recorders, but Democrats agreed to it. Ari­zona’s 15 coun­ties now have un­til Nov. 14 to ad­dress the is­sue, which state Elec­tions Di­rec­tor Eric Spencer said likely af­fects less than 10,000 votes out of more than 2.3 mil­lion cast statewide.

The set­tle­ment came a day af­ter Demo­crat Kyrsten Sinema took a slight lead over Repub­li­can Martha McSally amid the slow vote count.

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