Suspense and uncertainty now hang over the supertight U.S. Senate race, which has Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican candidate Martha McSally separated by just 9,610 votes, according to updated election results.
Krysten Sinema leapfrogs ahead in the Arizona Senate race over McSally by about 2,000 votes after the first ballot dump today.
There are upwards of 400,000 more to count so it could still go either way, but this has to be a massive boost to the morale of Democrats right now.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 9, 2018
The results were updated after 5 p.m. Thursday, the first time since election night that the tallies had been substantially updated.
Sinema was leading as of 6:20 p.m. She had 932,870 votes, representing 49.10 percent of the total reported votes while McSally had 923,260 votes or 48.59 percent. Green Party candidate Angela Green had earned 43,838.
ARIZONA SENATE – Rep Kirsten Sinema D-AZ now leads Rep Martha McSally R-AZ pic.twitter.com/KwmcfFTVxS
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 9, 2018
It’s too soon to know who will ultimately prevail.
With tonight's batch of ballots released, Kyrsten Sinema takes the lead. To note: These ballots are from the early ballots returned ahead of Election Day when the return rate was essentially even between R & D voters. This was expected to boost Sinema. Many more days ahead… pic.twitter.com/IbeIZ37j72
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) November 9, 2018