Arizona congressional race remains very close

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Democratic Rep. Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally are keeping a close eye on the emerging vote tally in two southern Arizona counties Friday as their race for Congress remains razor-thin.
 
McSally's lead of 363 votes grew to 772 votes Friday with new votes counted in Republican-leaning Cochise County. Barber is hoping to overtake McSally later Friday as more votes get counted in Democrat-leaning Pima County.
 
McSally is taking 60 percent of the vote in Cochise County. Barber is taking 52 percent of the Pima County vote, and that county has 24,000 outstanding early and provisional ballots.
 
Barber consultant Rodd McLeod says 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.