Ann Kirkpatrick Called Winner in CD-1; Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally Sit on Leads
The Associated Press has called Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick the winner of the congressional race in CD-1, apparently defeating Republican opponent Jonathan Paton.
For those waiting on the other congressional races -- Kyrsten Sinema v. Vernon Parker in CD-9, and Martha McSally v. Ron Barber in CD-2 -- keep waiting; we may not find out the winner of those races for several days.
Last night, Paton led Kirkpatrick by 2,138 votes with about 87 percent of the precincts reporting.
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Early (very early) this morning, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick took back the lead from Paton in the district -- which mostly covers northern Arizona -- and Kirkpatrick was leading by more than 6,000 votes with nearly all the precincts reporting.
It's difficult to say how much the provisional ballots in the district could change the final vote, since the district spans 11 counties across the state.
If the call for Kirkpatrick stands true, this will be her second stint as a congresswoman, since she was given the boot by Republican Paul Gosar in 2010.
Kirkpatrick's apparently believing the AP's call, which her campaign acknowledged on social-media websites.
"The voters of District 1 have spoken, and I will never forget that they are the reason I am returning to Congress," her statement says. "I will be deeply honored to represent them again."
The other two races look like they may last for a while.
Sinema's campaign posted the following statement on her website today.
The most recent update from the Maricopa County elections department shows that Kyrsten Sinema is leading the CD9 race by over 2100 votes. Sinema took the lead in the early vote count, and as election day ballots were counted, her lead held and finally increased.
There is a significant number of early ballots to be counted, as well as provisional ballots cast on election day, and Sinema leads in both categories. We are optimistic that Sinema's lead will grow. The campaign will remain vigilant to ensure that every vote is counted.
We detailed some of the drama with the provisional ballots and early ballots earlier today, so who knows how that will turn out.
In CD-2, the results are the same as the last time we checked. Republican Martha McSally was still hanging on to the lead over Democratic Congressman Ron Barber with McSally up by 1,312 votes with all the precincts reporting. Those candidates are waiting for that district's counties (mostly Pima) to count the provisional and early ballots as well.
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