Settlement reached in tight Arizona Senate vote count

Arizona Republican senatorial candidate Martha McSally speaks with voters Tuesday Nov. 6 2018 at Chase's diner in Chandler Ariz. Mc Sally and Democratic challenger Kirsten Sinema are seeking the senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake R-Ariz

In the Florida Senate race, the lead of Republican Gov. Rick Scott had narrowed to just more than 15,000 votes, 0.18 percent, over Democratic Sen.

Republicans in Arizona have filed a lawsuit that targets a rule in two counties, Maricopa and Pima, that allow voters to "fix issues with their ballots" up to five days after an election, CNBC reported.

It wasn't immediately clear what Trump was referring to, but he had complained earlier Friday that votes for Democrats were coming "out of the wilderness" in the Grand Canyon State as midterm election votes are counted.

McSally was initially projected as the victor in the race by early vote counts, but as more ballots were counted, the race has shifted significantly.

Part of the reason there's still no result out of the state, The Associated Press explains, is that mail-in ballots are so popular in Arizona. Sinema held a slight edge of about 1 point over McSally in the county as of Thursday afternoon, but the new votes counted Thursday expanded the Democrat's Maricopa edge to 2.5 points. Sinema leads 630,0974 to 586,823 votes - or 51-47 percent - in the state's most populous county. That's a shift from early results in which McSally was on top.

The chairman of the Arizona Republican party, Jonathan Lines, released a statement on Friday accusing Fontes of destroying evidence by not separating ballots that his office had counted after contacting voters post-Election Day.

A deal reached Friday in a lawsuit brought by the Republican parties of four counties directs officials in all counties to follow the same procedures through 5 p.m. Wednesday that they had used to verify questioned ballots before last Tuesday's election.

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State Elections Director Eric Spencer said he believes there may be up to 10,000 early ballots statewide where there now is a chance they will be counted.

After the Thursday night update, roughly 400,000 votes were still to be counted, the bulk of which were in Maricopa, which is leaning toward Sinema this cycle. It's plausible that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's opponent, McSally, could jump back into the lead in coming days.

Sinema, who will become the first woman USA senator from the state, tweeted her thanks to voters. "Their signatures just changed".

Local Republicans have brought a legal case against Fontes and other county recorders over the verification of signatures on some early ballots. That sounds like a contradiction, but a mailed-in ballot requires more work for Arizona elections officials.

Only a few thousand votes would be affected by the suit.

That drew a rebuke from the wife of late Republican senator John McCain, R-Ariz.

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