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PHOENIX (AP) — Cochise and Pima counties have finished recounts of nearly 220,000 votes cast in the too-close-to-call race between Democratic Rep. Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally.
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PHOENIX (AP) — The certification of the Nov. 4 general election results formally sends the Arizona's 2nd Congressional District race to a recount.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The 133 ballots at the heart of a federal lawsuit in southern Arizona over election results in the hotly contested 2nd Congressional District will not be counted after all.
U.S. District Judge Cindy Jorgenson denied a request Thursday by U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and three voters to halt the official election results certification until the ballots of 133 lawful voters are counted. The official statewide election canvass is scheduled for Monday morning.
In her decision, Jorgenson said the court was not unsympathetic to voters whose ballots may have been improperly rejected. But Barber's campaign failed to prove that the discounted votes would undermine the integrity of the Nov. 4 election, Jorgenson wrote. She said the campaign's allegation that not issuing a restraining order would lead to "irreparable harm" was speculative.
"Even if all 133 votes are counted, it is undisputed that Martha McSally wins the election because she leads by a margin of 161 votes at this time," Jorgenson wrote.
Barber's campaign expressed disappointment Thursday.
"While we are disappointed in the court's decision, we remain committed to ensuring that Southern Arizonans are able to trust the integrity of this election, and we thank the voters who not only took the time to vote in this election, but who came forward to ask that their voices be heard," Barber campaign manager Kyle Quinn-Quesada said in a statement.
Quinn-Quesada did not say if the campaign planned to appeal but that they were looking forward to the recount.
The 133 ballots had been disqualified for a variety of reasons, but Barber attorney Kevin Hamilton argued that voters had done everything they were supposed to do to cast them. In many cases, he said, poll workers gave incorrect information about voting locations.
The race for the Tucson-area district between Barber, the incumbent, and Martha McSally, his Republican opponent for the second time in two years, came down to 161 votes in McSally's favor.
McSally has claimed victory and attended freshman orientation in Washington. Barber has challenged election results vigorously, first asking the boards of supervisors for Pima and Cochise counties to hold off on approving election results, a necessary step before they're approved at a state level. Both boards declined to do so.
McSally attorney Eric Spencer said it was unfair to voters who correctly cast their ballot to delay certification.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a defendant in the suit, said granting the restraining order could set precedent in other counties where ballots were disqualified. In Maricopa County, that would be up to 700 ballots, he said.
Jorgenson agreed with that sentiment, saying the hardship to the secretary of state and voters in the 2nd Congressional District outweighed the hardship to Barber's campaign.
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rep. Ron Barber, D-2nd Dist., filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop certification of the 2nd Congressional District race in Arizona after the count put his Republican opponent fewer than 200 votes ahead of Barber.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tucson is the latest attempt by the Tucson-area Democrat to challenge the results that had him losing to Martha McSally by 161 votes. Barber wants 133 disqualified votes to be counted before the election is certified. The results are headed for an automatic recount mandated by state law because of the razor-thin margin.
McSally has claimed victory and has attended freshman orientation in Washington.
Three Arizona voters who say their lawful votes weren't counted are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Lea Goodwine-Cesarac, an 81-year-old retired teacher, says she moved shortly before the election and voted at the wrong polling place but was not told to go to the correct one.
"No election is perfect. We rely on volunteers to run our democracy and make it work. And they deserve our thanks, but sometimes they make mistakes," Barber attorney Kevin Hamilton said.
Barber last week asked the board of supervisors for both Pima and Cochise counties to hold off on certifying the election results, a necessary step before the Arizona secretary of state certifies them on Dec. 1.
Both boards declined to do so. In Pima County, some supervisors said it was not their role to interfere in the election in that way.
The Barber campaign has also requested that Secretary of State Ken Bennett add 156 uncounted ballots to the tally. They include the 133 votes mentioned in the federal lawsuit.
Hamilton said he hopes a judge will hear the request on Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday rejected a request from Democratic Rep. Ron Barber to delay certifying election results as he challenges the reasons ballots that could shrink Republican challenger Martha McSally's slim vote lead weren't counted.
Kevin Hamilton, a lawyer representing Barber's campaign, said in a letter to the board that there are more than 130 rejected ballots that should have been counted. Barber's campaign has collected affidavits from voters who said they were qualified to cast a ballot but had their ballots rejected.
"As a result, if the board certifies the canvass without correcting all the errors in the vote count, there is a real possibility that the election for Arizona's second congressional district will be improperly certified for the wrong candidate," Hamilton wrote.
Barber trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by 161 votes out of more than 220,000 cast in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.
McSally attorney Eric Spencer told the board that the only legal reason to delay the canvass was if votes were missing, and none were. He said Barber's challenge to the uncounted ballots properly belongs in court, in an election challenge.
Supervisor Ramon Valadez agreed. "We are not equipped to adjudicate these issues. We frankly are not. We're not the right body," Valadez said.
The election is headed for an automatic recount because the two candidates are separated by less than one-tenth of one percent — slightly more than 200 votes. That recount will be done early next month after the official statewide canvass and involve Cochise and Pima counties.
Hamilton said the next step is to challenge the statewide canvass. He would not speculate on possible court challenges.
"I'm disappointed that the board took that step," Hamilton said. "I think it's a mistake, and we'll be examining our options about where we go from here."
The board certified the election results Tuesday afternoon. Cochise County, the other part of the 2nd District, is set to certify its canvass Thursday, and Barber's lawyers expect to send a similar letter to those elected officials.
"Usually the results aren't as close as these, but when you have a race with a razor thin-lead and you have Americans whose votes have not been counted because of an honest mistake by a poll worker, that's something that needs to be fixed," said Rodd McLeod, a Barber campaign consultant.
The challenge is not the first of this election for Barber's district. McSally's lawyers unsuccessfully challenged the counting of some provisional ballots last week.
McSally has declared victory, but Barber hasn't conceded, saying a recount could change the outcome.
If McSally ultimately prevails, it would be the only victory by a Republican in the three Arizona congressional seats now held by Democrats that Republicans targeted this year. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema easily won re-election.
Barber won a special election in June 2012 to replace his former boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords, who resigned because of health reasons. She and Barber were both wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt.
McSally is a former Air Force pilot who lost to Barber in the 2012 general election but redoubled her effort this year.
PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ron Barber Tuesday fell short of the votes he needed to overcome Republican Martha McSally's lead in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District race, barring a recount change or the late tally of a small number of outstanding provisional ballots that swings the race his way.
Barber was trailing McSally by 133 votes after Pima County election officials counted about 2,660 remaining ballots from the district Tuesday.
McSally said she was confident her lead would hold.
An estimated 200 conditional provisional ballots could still be counted if voters go to the county recorder's office and show needed identification by Wednesday. Not all of those are in the 2nd District.
McSally is a former Air Force pilot who lost to Barber in 2012 but redoubled her effort this year. National Republicans spent millions of dollars to back her, while national Democrats spent heavily to defend Barber.
If the count holds at less than about 200 votes between the candidates, it triggers an automatic recount. That would happen early next month.
A recount in a statewide race last occurred in 2010, when Proposition 212 failed by just 192 votes after nearly 1.6 million were cast. The results changed the total for each side by 33 votes but did not change the outcome
About 220,000 votes have been cast in the current 2nd District race.
Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Secretary of State Ken Bennett, said the swing in the 2010 race was tiny, and he would expect the same to happen if the Barber-McSally race goes to a recount.
"People should trust in the fact that elections officials will come up with the same number or thereabouts twice," Roberts said. "Our election equipment is something that works very well."
The race is one of only five congressional seats still undecided nationally. Three House seats in California and one in New York also remain too close to call.
Barber picked up 162 votes Monday and was trailing McSally by 179 votes on Tuesday morning. But he picked up just 46 votes after the final batch of verified provisional ballots were counted.
Barber spokeswoman Ashley Nash-Hahn in a statement said the race remained too close to call.
"This is the closest congressional election in Arizona history," she said. "The law calls for an automatic recount in a race this close, and that is where we are headed."
She also noted that nearly 800 provisional ballots were rejected by the county recorder.
McSally's campaign failed in an effort to challenge some provisional ballots on Monday, and both sides have lawyers watching the counting.
She said in a statement that she's grateful for the support she's seen during the weeklong vote-counting.
"There are still ballots left to count, but we are confident that when all ballots are in, our lead will hold," she said. "We will continue to provide oversight of the process until then."
If McSally wins, it will be the only victory out of three Arizona congressional seats held by Democrats that Republicans targeted this year. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema easily won re-election.
Barber had an early lead on election night, but the race swung to McSally early the next day when Cochise County began reporting its results and Barber has never regained the lead.
McSally was 509 votes ahead on Friday, but Barber picked up 168 votes on Sunday and 162 votes Monday, cutting that lead to the current 179. Elections workers counted 5,434 ballots on those days.
McSally and Barber faced off in a similar battle during the 2012 election. Barber trailed for days, finally taking the lead on the Friday after Election Day. The race remained too close to call for another week.
Barber had won a special election to replace his former boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords, just months before the November 2012 election. He was with Giffords the previous year in Tucson when she was shot in the head and ultimately had to step down from her seat. Barber was hit in the thigh and cheek.
PHOENIX (AP) — The vote count in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District seat is shaping up as a near mirror of the 2012 race, when the two candidates didn't find out for more than a week who had won the race.
Democratic Rep. Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally are keeping a close eye on the emerging vote tally in two southern Arizona counties that make up the district as they remain separated by a razor-thin vote margin.
McSally's lead of 363 votes grew to 509 votes Friday night with new votes counted in Republican-leaning Cochise County and Democrat-leaning Pima County.
McSally is taking 60 percent of the vote in Cochise County, and there are fewer than 1,200 provisional ballots to count here. Barber is taking 52 percent of the Pima County vote, and that county has 24,000 outstanding early and provisional ballots still to count.
Barber consultant Rodd McLeod said the trend is the same as in 2012, when election-night counts showed Barber trailing McSally before surging in late ballots to pull out a late victory.
"With more than 20,000 ballots to go, we're confident that Ron Barber will have been re-elected once the counting is all done," McLeod said.
McSally and Barber faced off in a similar battle during the 2012 election. Barber trailed for days, finally taking the lead on the Friday after Election Day. But the race remained too close to call for another week.
Barber had won a special election to replace his former boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords, just months before the November 2012 election. He was with Giffords at a constituent meet-and-greet in Tucson in January 2011 when a mentally ill man, Jared Lee Loughner, opened fire, killing six and wounding 13 others. Giffords was hit in the head and ultimately had to step down from her seat, while Barber was hit in the thigh and cheek.
McSally is a former Air Force pilot who was making her first run for political office. This year, she has emerged as a more polished candidate. With the swing district up for grabs in a Republican-leaning year, her efforts drew massive outside spending from GOP-leaning groups.
Barber also has benefited this year from a large amount of spending by Democratic groups and from Giffords' PAC.
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