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Rich Carmona 4.25 4 4.06 Points Down, Kyrsten Sinema Gains, and 524,633 Votes Left Statewide (w/Update)

Please see updated numbers as of Sunday at the end of blog.

As votes continue to be counted throughout Arizona, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Jeff Flake's lead over Democrat Rich Carmona narrowed ever-so slightly, while in Maricopa County, Republican incumbent Joe Arpaio continued to dominate Democrat Paul Penzone in the sheriff's race.

Both Carmona and Penzone conceded to their GOP rivals on election night, much to the chagrin of some of their supporters, who have been holding out hope that the more than half-million votes remaining statewide will reverse these losing trends.

See also: -Kyrsten Sinema's Lead Growing Over Vernon Parker as More Ballots Are Counted -Arizona Secretary of State Reports 631,000 Ballots Uncounted (w/Updates) -Paul Penzone (Video), Rich Carmona Still in Play, and the Problem with Provisionals (w/Update) So far the numbers do not support this wishful thinking, particularly in the case of Penzone vs. Arpaio, where there was barely a change in the spread after Friday's count was added to the totals.

Currently, Arpaio has 85,670 more votes than Penzone, an 8.49 point spread.

In other words, that duck is dead in the water. Though I anticipate that the gap will narrow.

County Recorder Helen Purcell issued a statement late Friday afternoon, reporting that 17,656 early ballots were tabulated that day, and around 219,703 earlies remain to be counted in the county.

Provisional ballots remaining to be tabulated have risen in-county to 120,000, up 4,000 from Thursday.

According to county elections spokeswoman Yvonne Reed, that number may rise as county workers verify the registrations for each ballot prior to tabulation. There were around 100,000 provisionals cast in Maricopa County in 2008.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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