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Arizona, Elections, Politics

McSally back ahead by 36 votes

Posted: November 11, 2012 at 3:38 am   /   by

As of 1:57 AM MST, according to the AP:

PHOENIX (AP) — The hand-picked successor of former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lost his tiny lead after pulling slightly ahead of his Republican challenger for the first time Friday.

Results posted early Saturday show Democrat Ron Barber behind Martha McSally by 36 votes out of more than 250,000 cast in the 2nd Congressional District race.

McSally has held a slim lead on all but one day since Tuesday’s election as thousands of votes continue to be counted. Barber is seeking a full term after winning a June election to replace his former boss representing the area.

This is not going to be over soon:

Cochise County has about 11,000 votes yet to count, and all of them are in the 2nd District. Pima County has about 82,000 votes to count, but it’s not known how many are in 2nd District.

Maricopa County has the most early and provisional ballots left to count, with more than 450,000. The Arizona secretary of state’s office said more than 631,000 votes statewide remained to be counted in the coming days.