Trump Tweets "FRAUD" as Democrat Sinema Takes Lead in Arizona Senate Race
For good measure Trump goes after Arizona Senator Jeff Flake who decided to not run for reelection.
Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema took a tiny lead Thursday over Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the Arizona contest, which NBC News considers too close to call. The Democrat holds an edge of only 0.5 percentage points, or about 9,000 votes, in a race that will help to determine how wide Republicans can make their Senate majority starting in January.
Republicans have challenged the process of counting mail-in ballots — which account for about three-fourths of Arizona's votes — in the state's two largest counties. The lawsuit, which a judge will hear Friday, targets the practice of Maricopa and Pima Counties allowing voters to fix issues with their ballots for up to five days after Election Day. The state has a tedious process of matching signatures on voters' registration forms to those on their ballots, and the counties let voters fix signature problems for days after the election.
The litigation could potentially cap the number of votes counted in the race, in which every ballot will be critical due to the tight margin. The result of the contest has huge stakes for what President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can accomplish in the next Congress.
400,000 Votes Still Uncounted
> At least 400,000 votes were still uncounted as of Friday morning, according to The Associated Press. Maricopa County — the state's largest — leans Democratic. About 375,000 votes were outstanding in the county as of Thursday night, according to the AP.
Once again it may matter what precincts those uncounted votes votes are from. If they are from Phoenix, Simema is highly likely to win and may be probable in any case.
Spotlight Florida and Georgia
As of Friday morning, the margin between Scott and Nelson had shrunk to approximately 15,000 votes.
More than 24,700 voted in Broward county for a gubernatorial candidate but not a US Senate candidate, which has led both Democrats and Republicans to suspect that the other side is up to something.
Both Sen. Marco Rubio and former Trump aid Marc Caputo have shared evidence on twitter that could suggest that Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes, who was first appointed in 2003 by former Gov. Jeb Bush, may have tampered with the vote. As Rubio pointed out, Nelson has retained Democratic lawyer Marc Elias to help with the recount effort. Elias has said it's "not plausible" that so many people voted in lower level races but didn't cast ballots in the governors' race.
This will not get settled for days.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock