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Sinema continues to pull away from McSally in slow Arizona Senate count

Posted at 1:45 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 19:23:00-05

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema continues to gain ground in Arizona's gradual Senate vote count.    

Sinema now leads Republican Martha McSally by more than 38,000 votes.

As of 5:00 p.m. Monday, Sinema has 1,097,321 votes to McSally's 1,059,124


Sunday's totals included a batch from Maricopa County that Republicans hoped McSally could win. Instead, it added 2,200 to Sinema's lead. Since Sunday night, McSally has gained about 1,000 votes in the race as smaller counties update ballot counts.

As of 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, about 143,000 votes remain uncounted for Maricopa County.

Officials estimate that all ballots won't be tallied until Thursday.    

The slow process of counting all of the early and provisional ballots, which requires checking signatures by hand to ensure a match and contacting voters if there is not, has led some national Republican figures--including President Trump--to make accusations of fraud despite citing no evidence.

Other races with very close margins nearly a week after voters went to the polls include statewide races for Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Corporation Commission.

For the latest results, click here.