Uncounted AZ Ballot Update: Carmona, Penzone Gain But Still Trail Behind Arpaio and Flake
posted by Terry Greene Sterling
at 18 November, 8:55 PM 0
I’m completely addicted to updates on Arizona’s uncounted ballots. It’s worse than Words With Friends.
Today is Nov. 17, 11 days since we voted, and county officials are still counting ballots. Today, Richard Carmona edged up ever so slightly towards Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate race, and Paul Penzone inched a tiny bit closer to Joe Arpaio.
The counters will mostly focus on provisional ballots in the two most populous counties — Maricopa and PIma. Many Latinos, who are likely to vote against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, reported being forced to vote with provisional ballots.
Yesterday, there were about 136,000 ballots left to count. No word from officials on how many more were counted today.
However, enough votes were counted today for Republican fighter pilot Martha McSally to concede to former Giffords aide Ron Barber in Congressional District Two. Only a few votes left to count in Pima County, which trends Democrat. That would be good news for Carmona, who is favored in Pima County.
It looks like Carmona edged up slightly in Maricopa County, lessening Flake’s lead by 1,009 votes. It’s still a long shot — Flake leads by 78,249 votes.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still beating Paul Penzone by 85,872 votes, but Penzone gained 907 votes today.
Long story short — today Democrats won another congressional seat and further counting of provisional-Latino ballots might tighten the Penzone-Arpaio and Flake-Carmona duels.