Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) widened her lead over Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyDem Sinema pulls ahead of McSally in Arizona Senate race Recount prospects grow as Florida races tighten Arizona GOP groups file lawsuit over mail-in ballot counting in tight Senate race MORE (R) within the heated Arizona Senate race after a brand new spherical of ballots from had been tallied within the Democrat’s favor late Friday.
Sinema more than doubled her lead over McSally with Friday afternoon’s newest tranche of outcomes. The Democrat now leads her GOP challenger by 21,185 votes.
The overwhelming majority of the votes tallied Friday got here from Maricopa County, the state’s largest, the place there have been an estimated 345,000 uncounted votes prior to Friday’s evenings outcomes.
Outcomes from Maricopa had been intently divided, with Sinema holding only a 2.5 share level lead over McSally on Thursday night time.
Earlier than Friday’s launch, Pima County had the next-largest chunk of uncounted ballots. The county, which homes the extra left-leaning Tuscon, had 80,000 uncounted ballots. Sinema led there by 13 share factors as of Friday afternoon.
The biggest pool of votes prone to favor McSally come from Pinal County, the place an estimated 30,000 votes stay untallied. McSally, on Friday, led Sinema by 14 share factors within the county.
Fridays wave of outcomes got here the identical day a settlement was reached in a Phoenix courtroom that allows rural voters to have additional time to repair points with their ballots, according to The Associated Press.
The settlement is a compromise in response to a Republican lawsuit that sought to cease city voters from making these adjustments on the ballots.
Republicans alleged that some county recorders weren’t utilizing a uniform process to make adjustments to mail-in ballots, particularly claiming that Maricopa and Pima counties improperly gave as much as 5 days after Tuesday’s election to make these adjustments.
Counties will now have a deadline of Nov. 14 to make these fixes to problematic mail-in ballots.
— Lisa Hagen and Reid Wilson contributed reporting.