More than 631,000 ballots in Ariz. still uncounted

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 7:51 AM

PHOENIX -- After election day, you might think the candidates that criss-crossed Arizona would be basking in some downtime, but that's not the case, because the counting of ballots continues.

"We're watching very carefully what's coming out of the recorder's office in both Maricopa and Pima [Counties]," said Andy Barr, Spokesman for Richard Carmona's campaign for Senate.

Dr. Carmona is currently trailing Congressman Jeff Flake by five percentage points, but Carmona gained about 10,000 newly counted votes in the last 24 hours.

That has the candidates for Senate, and especially the too-close-to-call Congressional Districts Two and Nine holding their breath as hundreds of thousands of early and provisional ballots are tallied across the state.

In Maricopa County, opponents of Sheriff Joe Arpaio are leading protests outside the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.

Thousands of the still to be counted ballots are in Maricopa County, and this group is hopeful that sheriff candidate Paul Penzone could take a win.

The math in some of these races will be hard to overcome, but in others, winners will only come after the final tally.

"If something's going to happen here that changes things, that's fine, but we walked out of there with our heads held high and if that's the result, we live with it," said Barr.

Many of the candidates, especially those in too-close-to-call races, including CD9 where Kyrsten Sinema and Vernon Parker are facing off, have attorneys who are working with the recorder's offices on behalf of the campaigns.

As for the ballot break down by county, there are more than 450,000 in Maricopa County and 80,600 in Pima Count waiting to be counted.

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