Pima Cty. early, provisional ballots could decide races still too close to call

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TUCSON, Ariz. -- As of Wednesday morning, there is still a race that's too close to call in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. Incumbent Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally are separated by less than 200 votes.

At the watch party for Republican Jonathan Paton, running for the seat in Congressional District 1 against Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, our 3TV crew heard complaints that there may have been problems with voting in Pima County.

We caught up with Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez Tuesday night during the Democratic watch party and asked about reports of incredibly long lines, people not being on the list at what they believed was their correct polling place, and that lead election officials to hand out more provisional ballots. Rodriguez said she had not heard of any major problems. Add the work of going through the provisional ballots to counting up all the early ballots and it's a lot of work for the Elections Office. So the Recorder told candidates in close races that it's not over yet.

 "We still have 100,000 early ballots, maybe 50,000 of them were dropped off at polling locations. We have no idea yet, because they're still coming in from the precincts," Rodriguez said

Those early and provisional ballots could be crucial in determining the winner of the CD2 seat between Barber and McSally. The recorder says they should have a better idea of how long it could take later today.

Arizona law gives the recorder up to 20 days to finalize election results.