Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

AZ's McSally, Sinema Senate race runs down to wire

AZ's McSally, Sinema Senate race runs down to wire

"McSally, the Republican Party nominee, leads her Democratic challenger, Sinema, 49 percent to 48 percent in the latest poll to come out on Arizona's Senate election". The two are separated by only a few thousand votes.

If the signature on a ballot dropped off on Election Day does not match the signature on file for a voter, recorders in several Democrat-heavy counties - including Maricopa County and Pima County - call voters to verify that they signed the ballot for up to five days after the election.

The problem, however, was that early voting in Arizona started on October 10, meaning that not only could voters have cast their mailed ballots for the first 20 days of the voting period, but also that Green's name would still be listed on mailed ballots and the day-of ballots at polling stations through the close of the election.

County officials were still counting more than 600,000 ballots when four local Republican parties filed the lawsuit Wednesday night.

The lawsuit seeks to prevent the state's two largest counties from contacting voters if there are problems verifying signatures on their early ballots. The lawsuit asks a judge to prevent county officials from counting certain ballots that were delivered with signature issues.

"Most of those voters would have either chosen not to vote for either and if they didn't have that (Green Party) choice, they would have passed that race up on the ballot".

In the days leading up to the election, RealClearPolitics ranked the election as a tossup, with Sinema and McSally polling within a point of one another.

On her website, Green told those who voted for her to "please know you did not give your vote away", and also wrote that "no 3rd party candidate should have to endure accusations of being "spoilers" just because the "winner takes all" two party system is severely broken". Almost 9,000 votes separate McSally from Sinema. The most populous part of Arizona, Maricopa County, said it won't start releasing late earlies and some other votes until late Thursday. Sinema is ahead by about 9,000 votes out of 1.9 million counted so far. "There are a lot of outstanding ballots - especially those mailed-in - and a lot of reasons to feel good!"

The Arizona contest is one of three key Senate races that remain undecided. The GOP has won every statewide race in Arizona over the past decade, and Democrats were hoping Sinema could break that streak.

During her 2016 campaign to be re-elected to her Tucson area swing district House seat, McSally criticized Trump for attacking the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq and for a videotape in which the future president bragged about sexually assaulting women.

The avid triathletes are battling over the seat vacated by Sen.

McSally and Sinema have both remade themselves politically.

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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