By: Brian Evans
Thursday night set off a firestorm of comments and predictions for pundits around the nation, as Democrats say Kyrsten Sinema will win, while Republicans say Martha McSally is set to win. Therefore, who is right, and what are the facts behind the numbers?
The latest polling numbers that were released from the Secretary of State’s office in Arizona, shows Kyrsten Sinema has taken a slight lead over Martha McSally in the race for Arizona Senate. In fact, as of 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Kyrsten Sinema has 932,870 votes statewide, to Martha McSally’s 923,260. Therefore, according to the current numbers, Sinema has about a 9,000 vote lead.
However, there are 345,000 votes that remain uncounted in Maricopa County, which is a conservative stronghold in the state, with a small number of ballots remaining uncounted in other smaller counties. A large number of the remaining votes. 195,000 to be exact, are early and provisional ballots, as well as out-of-precinct ballots that voters cast or dropped off on Election Day.
According to Adrian Fontes, the Maricopa County Recorder, they expect the counting to continue for the next few days, and they will update the results at 5 p.m. daily, as new numbers are turned in.
Republicans have so far gained two Senate seats, while ousting three incumbent Democrats, but losing one themselves. Also, the Senate race in Mississippi will be going to run-off, but it is expected by analysts to go to the Republican.
In all, the Republicans could end up with anywhere from 51 to 54 seats, depending on what happens in Florida, and what the final vote tally comes in for Arizona, and Missisippi.