While incumbent Sheriff Clarence Dupnik appears to hold an insurmountable lead over challenger Mark Napier, two other races in Southern Arizona still hang in the balance as Pima and Cochise County election officials continue in their efforts to decide a winner in Congressional District 2 and the city of Tucson's $100 million road bond.
As of Monday afternoon, Pima County had around 4,000 early and 26,000 provisional ballots to sort through. The number of uncounted Pima County ballots increased slightly when about 1,300 ballots from overseas voters and eligible military personnel arrived.
Cochise County has narrowed its total of uncounted votes to approximately 3,000.
The Pima County Elections Office will continue counting early ballots today at 1 p.m.
Due to the large number of provisional ballots remaining, a final result likely will not be known for days.
Provisional ballots will be counted each day as batches are verified and processed, according to a Pima County news release.
Pima County Sheriff
Dupnik, a Democrat, had a 50 to 46 percent lead over Republican Napier.
Despite being down by 13,727 votes, Napier has been reluctant to concede the race.
Napier had a more than three-point advantage over Dupnik among voters who went to the polls on Election Day. But Dupnik still leads because he was the overwhelming choice among early voters. Dupnik has an 8 percent advantage over Napier among early voters.
Napier is holding out hope there are enough remaining provisional ballots cast on Election Day with his name checked off to swing the election in his favor.
Green Party candidate Dave Croteau received 3 percent of the vote.
Congressional District 2
As of Monday evening, Democrat Ron Barber was holding a 698-vote lead over Republican challenger Martha McSally.
In Pima County, Barber has received 8,744 more votes than McSally.
In Cochise County, it was the inverse.
There McSally has bested Barber by 8,047 votes so far.
The city of Tucson's $100 million road bond has turned out to be one of the most closely divided elections the city has seen in years.
As of Monday night, just 82 votes separated passage from defeat, with the "yes" votes leading the "no" votes.
If it's approved, the city will have some money to begin repairing some of its deteriorating streets. If it's rejected, the city must return to the drawing board to find a way to address its roads.
Although there's no telling how many of those 26,000 provisional ballots were cast by city voters, the way the vote counting has gone so far, it's likely the final result will come down to the smallest of margins.
The numbers so far show that early ballot voters favored Proposition 409 by 1,310.
Voters who showed up at the polls on Tuesday rejected the bond by 1,228 votes.
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