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Arizona Races Up in Air as Ballot Count Continues

Ah the good old state of Arizona. We never seem to want to be out of the headlines. This time its regarding that election thing that the country had, over a week ago! It turns out that Arizona still has over 300,000 ballots left to count, most of which are the mail in kind:

Arizona elections officials continued chipping away at a mountain of uncounted ballots, but a week after the election more than 324,000 uncounted ballots remained, leaving final results up in the air and prompting protests from the Latino community.

At least one high-profile contest remains in the balance: the closely watched congressional race between incumbent Democrat Ron Barber—the chosen successor to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—and Republican Martha McSally. As of Tuesday evening, 829 votes separated the candidates, with Mr. Barber ahead.

Many candidates with large leads—such as Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio—have declared victory while their opponents conceded.

But state election officials cautioned that with so many uncounted ballots they couldn’t confirm the outcome of any races. The state plans to release its official results Dec. 3, but “that doesn’t stop candidates from declaring victory or conceding defeat,” said Matthew Roberts, spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, which oversees elections.

More than 146,000 uncounted ballots are early mail-in ballots, and the rest are provisional ballots—meaning ballots that need to be checked for missing information, such as the voter’s identity or to ensure the voter hadn’t filled out two ballots, or voted at the wrong polling place.

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