A tweet late Wednesday from Garrett Archer, a data analyst with the Arizona secretary of state's office, estimated about 475,000 ballots outstanding in Maricopa County, 59,000 ballots remaining in Pima County, and another 35,000 outstanding in Pinal County, with a handful of other counties having about 5,000 or fewer outstanding ballots as well.
The GOP complained about the issue before Election Day and threatened to sue. "That's certainly the case here", he said.
In a statement anticipating the new results this afternoon, Sinema's campaign manager, Andrew Piatt, said, "Arizonans must have faith that their votes are counted, and we are working diligently to ensure that count proceeds in a fair, transparent, and timely manner that voters can trust".
Sinema, 42, is a former Green Party activist who became a Democratic centrist with her first election to the House of Representatives in 2012. The Senate contest was the marquee race in an election where Republicans appeared poised to sweep most if not all other statewide seats.
She's one of the congressional Democrats most likely to vote to back Trump's agenda but has spent the race hammering McSally for casting a vote for the health bill backed by the president.
"I knew I wasn't going to win, so being a true candidate for the people and not the politics, I felt that if I withdrew and could endorse a candidate closest to the ideas and views of those whom I represent, then at least I can feel as though this withdrawal from the Senate race will not be in vain", she wrote.
Republican Rep. Martha McSally and Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema were separated by a small fraction of the 1.7 million tabulated votes.
One candidate familiar with the long wait is McSally.
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The nature of deeming a candidate a spoiler is complicated by the fact that the alternative scenario is filled with unknown determining factors, and the motivations of a third party voter is unknowable. He trails Democrat Domingo DeGrazia by about 2,000 votes. Or would they not have voted at all?
Political strategists in Arizona offered mixed opinions on what role Green will ultimately play in deciding who will be the state's next senator. "These are highly disaffected voters who don't like either of the parties", Davis told the Arizona Republic.
"At the end of the day, each vote should be treated the same way", attorney Bret Johnson said in an interview.
Another example almost a century earlier was that of Teddy Roosevelt, the then-former Republican president who ran as a part of the Progressive party while then-incumbent President William Howard Taft ran as the Republican.
The election featured heavy statewide turnout of about 60 percent, more in line with a presidential election than a midterm.
"As an electorate, we've gotten smarter about this and that's why it doesn't happen as much anymore", Noel said.