Unofficial results posted for two close local elections, Biggs leads Jones by 9 votes

Posted at 5:41 AM, Sep 03, 2016

Senate President Andy Biggs and Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell look to have both won their primary elections by a very slight margin, according to unofficial results posted overnight.

Purcell looks to have beaten Aaron Flannery in the race for her job as Maricopa County Recorder by about 200 votes.

Biggs had trailed in the Congressional District 5 GOP primary against Christine Jones for several days, but took the lead as the final votes were counted.

"The extraordinary grassroots efforts in the final weeks to drive out our voters was an undeniable factor in this turnaround," Biggs said in a statement released Saturday morning. "It is also the reason we stand victorious today. We cannot thank our volunteers and supporters enough for making this happen."

Nine votes separate Biggs and Jones, triggering an automatic recount, according to Purcell's office.

A statement from Jones' campaign spokesman, Brian Seitchik, said the race was "far from settled." 

The conservative-leaning 5th District covers Gilbert, Queen Creek, and parts of Chandler and Mesa.

Seitchik said Jones is "leaving no stone unturned in the recount" and is confident in a win. Results from all elections are considered unofficial until each county recorder's office conducts a canvass of votes. Those usually take place around a week after ballots are cast.

All unofficial results can be seen online HERE.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.