posted by Terry Greene Sterling at 19 November, 9:30 PM  0 
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    Today is Nov. 19, and Arizona is still counting ballots 13 days after the election.

    But we have our answers. It looks like Arizona will have a Republican senator, Jeff Flake,  over Latino Richard Carmona. The Secretary of State’s office says Flake leads former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona statewide by 41,440 votes.

    Maricopa County will continue with Sheriff Joe Arpaio as its chief law enforce — the  latest tally of uncounted ballots from the Maricopa County Recorder has Arpaio leading rival Paul Penzone by 84,259 votes. 

    Barring some dramatic electoral event, there’s just no way Penzone can win. I’m not  sure exactly how many ballots are left to count — two days ago, about 67,000 uncounted ballots remained to be tallied statewide.

    My guess is perhaps 40,000 uncounted ballots left to go.

    Penzone has lost. The Carmona-Flake race has narrowed.

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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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