Barber asks secretary of state to count votes

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Democratic Rep. Ron Barber is asking the Arizona secretary of state to count about 156 additional ballots from voters who say they are eligible to vote.

Barber's campaign on Friday sent the request, along with 156 signed declarations from southern Arizona voters whose provisional ballots and unsigned early ballot envelopes were rejected, to Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

The votes could trim the 161 vote lead now held by Republican Martha McSally.

McSally has declared victory but Barber's campaign is pushing for every last vote to be counted.

The race will undergo a mandatory recount of more than 220,000 ballots cast early in December.

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