• 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 
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    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.


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    Bio: Journalist Terry Greene Sterling has lived in Arizona most of her life, and has reported on the political brawls and human tragedies that have long made Arizona the focus of national news. She was raised on an Arizona cattle ranch, and learned to speak Spanish at the same time she learned English. The author of Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone, Sterling has been honored with more than 50 national and regional journalism awards. She was named Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, Arizona’s highest journalism honor, three times. She was a staff writer for Phoenix New Times for 14 years before branching out on her own. She is a contributor for The Daily Beast, and Writer-in-Residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek.com, Salon.com, Rollingstone.com, The Nieman Narrative Digest, Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways, High Country News, and Preservation Magazine. She tweets @tgsterling and blogs about immigration in Arizona at terrygreenesterling.com.

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