With 350,000 more votes left to be counted across Arizona, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s lead has expanded to just over 1%–over 20,000 votes more than GOP challenger Martha McSally. Though mailed ballots from early voting favored Sinema, Republicans expect mail-in ballots dropped off on election day to benefit McSally. Republicans have criticized the ballot-counting process since election day, with the President alleging “electoral corruption.”
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The lead of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema puts her a little more than 1 percentage point ahead after more than 2 million votes have been counted.
Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema increased her lead to 20,203 votes over GOP Rep. Martha McSally Friday night as the electoral authorities of Arizona continued to count ballots in the so-called Senate race of the state.
Sinema’s lead amounts to just over 1 percentage point after more than 2 million votes were counted. Sinema was up by 9,610 votes the day before the counties processed an additional 80,000 votes Friday — but slightly more than 350,000 votes have yet to be counted throughout the state.
Republicans and Democrats had been expecting the ballot releases Thursday and Friday to benefit Sinema and expand her lead, as they were mailed ballots from the final days of early voting, which favored the Democrat. Republicans believe the gap will narrow in the coming days, however, because as many as 200,000 of the remaining ballots were dropped off at polling places on Election Day, and those ballots are expected to benefit McSally.
The majority of the remaining votes are from Maricopa County, the largest county in Arizona, which includes Phoenix. Electoral authorities in Arizona will continue to issue a similar number of ballots every day during the weekend and in the coming week until the vote is fully counted.
In a statement, Sinema’s campaign manager Andrew Piatt said: “Today’s data once again confirmed our expectation that Kyrsten will steadily build its advantage and be elected to the U.S. Senate as the ballots are counted.”