Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) took the lead in the Senate race, very close to Arizona, on Thursday night, with a slight lead of 9,610 votes over the Representative. Martha mcallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySchumer: 2020 is not a good omen & # 39; for the GOP Overnight Defense: what partial exams mean for defense panels | Pompeo cancels meeting of North Korea | Trump observes Kim's summit in early 2019 | The Pentagon leaves its name for the border mission A handful of races remain undecided a day after the partial exams MORE (R)
Sinema has an advantage of 0.5 points with the entry of votes, mainly Maricopa County, according to the new numbers of the website of the secretary of state of Arizona. Votes were also issued from Pinal and Gila counties, as well as from Pima County, a county of Democratic inclination that is home to the city of Tucson.
The count marks a change from McSally's initial 1-point lead from the previous Thursday, when the Republican Party congresswoman went up with 17,073 votes.
An Arizona source told The Hill that the latest numbers came from approximately 150,000 votes from Maricopa County, with an additional 345,000 outstanding votes remaining from that county, which includes the capital of Phoenix, as well as the Sinema Congress district itself .
A total of approximately 500,000 votes remain untold throughout the state.
The Maricopa County registrar announced that the next update will be published on Friday at 5 p.m. local time.
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Arizona was one of the few states in this cycle where the Democrats had the opportunity to change seats in their arduous struggle for the majority of the Senate. While it is traditionally a red state, Trump took Arizona by less than 5 points in 2016, which is a closer margin than previous Republican presidential candidates. And the Democrats have not won a seat in the Senate in Arizona since 1988.
Before the first round of outstanding votes was published, the Sinema campaign issued a statement in which it expressed confidence in its perspectives when all the remaining votes are counted.
"Arizonans must have faith that their votes are counted, and we are working diligently to ensure that the recount is done in a fair, transparent and timely manner that voters can trust," said Andrew Sinema campaign manager. Piatt, adding that the campaign believes that "I will be elected after the remaining votes are counted.
McSally's campaign projected similar confidence in a Thursday night statement.
"With half a million ballots ahead, we continue to trust that as votes continue to come from counties across the state, Martha McSally will be elected the next Arizona senator," said McSally Campaign CEO Jim Bognet.
Arizona is not the only race in the Senate that remains to be convened. In Florida, Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTop countdown: Mid-term | What we learned | What to see next | Trump calls legislators who lost | A look at indecisive careers | The vote deepens the urban and rural division | Women help to deliver Dems House | McConnell thanks Trump for the Schumer Senate's earnings: 2020 & # 39; not a good omen & # 39; for the GOP Overnight Defense: what partial exams mean for defense panels | Pompeo cancels meeting of North Korea | Trump observes Kim's summit in early 2019 | The Pentagon loses name for the border mission MORE (D-Fla.) And his Republican opponent Rick Scott are also locked in a closed race that seems headed for a recount.
And the special election in the Mississippi Senate is headed for a runoff on November 27, without Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) Or the former Agriculture Sec. Mike Espy (D) was able to clear the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid one. Hyde-Smith is very favored to win the second round in the ruby red state.
Regardless of the outstanding careers, Republicans will retain their majority in the Senate after changing seats in Missouri, Indiana and North Dakota. But depending on the outcome of those races, the Republicans could still govern with a small majority.
The current breakdown of the Senate is 51 seats for Republicans and 46 for Democrats.
-Updated at 8:47 p.m.