With the high number of provisional and mail-in ballots last week, the state had more than 600,000 votes to count after the Nov. 6 General Election. In Pima County, election crews spent the last week going through nearly 80,000 ballots.
Due to the high number of ballots not counted, no winner was declared until later in the week in several races, and as of Tuesday, there still was no clear winner in the Congressional District 2 race between Rep. Ron Barber and GOP opponent Martha McSally. As of Tuesday before counting was set to resume around 1 p.m., Barber held a 700-vote edge.
In the Congressional District 1 race between Republican Jonathan Paton and Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, Paton conceded the race late Monday.
“I appreciate everyone’s patience as we waited for remaining votes to be counted in our race,” said Paton. “It’s now clear we have come up short. My sincere congratulations go out to Ann Kirkpatrick, and I wish her all the best in addressing the serious issues facing our country. We are blessed to live in a country where ‘We the People’ decide our representation.”
As of Tuesday, Kirkpatrick had 115,260 votes, while Paton had 108,015.
Kirkpatrick said she is honored to win, and is ready to get to work in CD1.
“There are few districts in our nation quite like CD1, and its diversity and complexities are not always understood by outsiders. But the voters of this district ultimately decide who represents them, and their voice has been heard,” Kirkpatrick said.
In the race to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, it was Republican Jeff Flake who came out on top, defeating former Surgeon General Democrat Richard Carmona.
In local races, with Pima County still having more than 30,000 ballots to count as of Tuesday, there are still some candidates who are waiting for the final results.
In the race for Pima County Sheriff, it appears Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is on his way to reelection, with GOP opponent Mark Napier still holding out some hope. Napier conceded early last week, but then rescinded the concession with so many ballots uncounted.
Dupnik currently leads the race with 170,411 votes, while Napier has 156,684.
Pima County elections officials have 10 days to count ballots after the Nov. 6 election. Ballots must be counted by Friday, Nov. 16.
In the races for the Pima County Board of Supervisors, most incumbents were reelected, but there will be a new board member with Republican Ally Miller winning in District 1.
Miller defeated Democrat Nancy Young Wright with 49,837 votes. Wright had 42,602 as of Tuesday.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to serving,” Miller said. “I want to be accessible to the public, and hold Town Halls. I hope to win over even those who did not vote for me.”
Being the new member of a sitting board, Miller said she plans to roll up her sleeves and get to work, noting she will “disagree without being disagreeable.”
“It is important to work together for the good of the people even when we disagree on some issues,” Miller said.
Sharon Bronson was reelected in District 3, Ramon Valadez was reelected in District 2, Ray Carroll will continue serving in District 4 and Richard Elias was reelected in District 5.
In the state legislature, Sen. Al Melvin was reelected in Legislative District 11, defeating political newcomer Democrat Jo Holt.
“I’m pleased with my re-election,” said Melvin. “But, I am also pleased with the election of my two teammates.”
Melvin ran along side Republicans Adam Kwasman and Sen. Steve Smith, who were running for the two seats in the House of Representatives for LD11.
The three ran as a team throughout the General Election, appearing on signs and print advertisements together.
Kwasman and Smith defeated Democrat David Joseph.
“It looks like it was a good day for Arizona - or, most of it,” Smith said. “All the credit goes to God, I think it’s his will that I’ve been placed in this position again, and I think people understand what we were able to do the last few years and what they can look forward to in the next few years, unlike with our President, who somehow mysteriously won again.”
Kwasman also expressed his gratitude in being elected, and said the victory came from a collaborative effort with an appealing message.
“We had great volunteers,” he said. “When we talked about the principals of free market and limited government in a way that included everyone, it sent out a positive message to people. We had a volunteer core willing to get out there. We were relentless, and we never let up. I am just so humbled and proud, and looking forward to serving all citizens of LD11.”
In Legislative District 9, Democrat Steve Farley defeated Tyler Mott for the senate seat, while Republican Ethan Orr and Democrat Victoria Steele were elected to the House.