SIERRA VISTA — In what is a nail-biter race, the lead in the Congressional District 2 changed several times on Election Day.
At about 1 a.m. today, with 209 of 216 precincts reporting, Republican Martha McSally led Democratic incumbent Ron Barber 109,825 to 108,772 votes.
Still uncounted were seven precincts, all in Pima County, and all of the mail-in and provisional ballots which have yet to be counted.
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In a statement Barber released, he implied hope that the seven Pima County precincts will go his way by a substantial margin.
The Democrat said, “While we don’t yet know the outcome of this election … We’ll continue to watch the results over the next few days and whatever happens, we will trust the people of southern Arizona as I always have and always will.”
The final count in Cochise County is being impacted by the county elections official saying there are in excess of 10,000 uncounted ballots.
In Cochise County, with 49 of 49 precincts reporting McSally had a substantial lead, 18,147 to 11,673.
The contest between the two was particularly nasty with national parties releasing ads and super PACs doing the same, with each candidate suffering from the slings from each group.
How the seven precincts in Pima County which are considered a Barber stronghold, and the uncounted ballots in Cochise County, which is a GOP bastion for McSally, add up likely will be unknown until later this week.