A vote recount has confirmed Democrat Kris Mayes won the race for Arizona attorney general, narrowly defeating Republican Abe Hamadeh in one of the closest elections in state history. The results were announced Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court. Mayes defeated Hamadeh by just 280 votes out of more than 2.5 million ballots cast, a 0.01 percentage point lead. Her lead was cut nearly in half from the original count of 511 votes, which was within the margin to trigger an automatic recount under Arizona state law.
Here is some advice for anyone following Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections: Be ready for a long night and maybe days of waiting before it’s clear whether Republicans or President Joe Biden’s Democrats will control Congress. This is normal, election officials and experts said, because the results of a number of decidedly tight, consequential federal and statewide races will be counted on each state’s separate calendar for canvassing early and mail-in votes and ensuing recounts or challenges to results that could further prolong the certification of votes.
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman, who has served as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2019, has gone to federal court to try to have Pennsylvania voters’ undated mail-in ballots counted. A divided Pennsylvania court recently ordered counties to not count absentee ballots with unsigned or invalid dates on their outer envelopes. It’s a contentious issue that’s gripped the pivotal northeastern swing state for some time, but Fetterman, who maintains that the refusal to count such ballots violates the U.S. Constitution, hopes that his new lawsuit will urge the federal court to supersede the state court’s decision.