Still counting votes to decide Barber vs. McSally
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Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The election's not over yet---not in some counties here in Arizona.
The race for Congressional District 2 is so tight provisional ballots will decide whether Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Ron Barber wins.
You can see latest election results here.
Provisional ballots are the hang up in these races. They are ballots you fill out if you show up at the wrong polling place, or need some other special exception to your vote.
Each one requires special research so they can slow down the count in a big way.
Republican Candidate Martha McSally could thank her supporters election night but could not celebrate a victory with them. The margins were simply too close for either candidate to claim a win.
By mid morning Wednesday she was thanking supporters again and looking forward to a final vote count.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked her: "What's your take on the pattern of votes still out. If you look at how the early votes went, the votes that are still missing, right now, what's your take on the trend and the pattern?"
McSally: "I'm not analysing that in great detail so I just feel the enthusiasm that's behind us and as we saw as the night went on, we ended up the night with a 13 hundred vote lead so we feel like that enthusiasm and that support and that momentum that we were felling out on the ground is certainly in our favor. So we feel good about that."
McSally feels the Cochise County part of the district is a stronghold for her so votes coming from there may make her the winner.
The close vote also made Congressman Ron Barber want to wait to declare the race a done deal.
Barber campaign manager Jessica Flynn says she sees signs most of the remaining votes will go Barber's way.
She says, "Ron won the mail-in ballots by a pretty significant margin, by over 70 thousand votes so we feel good about the ballots that are still out there but our main concern at this point is making sure the Recorder's office is allowed to do their job so that every Southern Arizonan who took the time to participate and vote in this election has their voice heard."
Both campaigns can see things to be optimistic about. McSally did better with voters who voted on election day as opposed to early voters. And those provisional voters are voting day voters.
She is encouraged by Cochise County but Cochise has fewer voters overall and their turnout was only about 38 percent. Turnout for Pima County was about 60 percent and the Barber campaign regards Pima County as Barber territory.