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Judge nixes Barber request to count more CD2 ballots

A federal judge ruled Thursday that an additional 133 ballots won’t be added to the count in the congressional race between Rep. Ron Barber and Martha McSally. Barber, trailing 161 votes in the final tally, will now pin his hopes for re-election on a mandatory recount set to begin next week.... Read more»

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Barber sues to add more ballots to CD 2 vote count

Attorneys for Ron Barber filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday morning, alleging that ballots in Arizona’s CD 2 race were improperly rejected. Last week, Barber asked county and state officials to delay the canvass of the election and include more votes. The Democrat trails challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and has claimed between 133 and 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»1

Barber presses SoS on uncounted ballots

Attorneys for Ron Barber wrote to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, asking him to delay the statewide election canvass. Both Pima and Cochise counties declined Barber’s requests to review more ballots. The Democrat trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and claims 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»

Cochise rejects Barber call to delay canvass, count more ballots

Cochise County joined a move by Pima County earlier in the week, rejecting a request Thursday by Rep. Ron Barber to delay a vote to approve the canvass of the election, a move that would give the Democrat more time to make a case for adding some rejected ballots to the count.... Read more»1

Some politicians hail Obama immigration plan, others cry #fail

Arizona politicians had mixed — and predictable — reactions to President Obama’s announcement of new immigration enforcement priorities, and an expansion of deferred action from deportation. Ranging from welcoming the move as “a turning point” to calling Obama “a tyrannical king,” here are comments from members of Congress and others.... Read more»1

Supes OK count as Barber alleges ballots improperly rejected

The Pima County Board of Supervisors rejected Tuesday a bid by Ron Barber to delay the canvass of the Nov. 4 election. The congressman’s campaign — on the losing edge of a 161-vote margin with a recount in the offing — said that 132 Pima voters had their ballots tossed out because poll workers “failed in their duty.”... Read more»10

McSally gets freshman orientation in DC as recount looms

The outcome of the election won’t be official until next month, but congressional hopeful Martha McSally reinforced her recent claim to a victory over Ron Barber by showing up in Washington, D.C., for freshman orientation Monday.... Read more»7

Barber's office collects holiday cards for troops

The office of U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is collecting holiday cards to bring the holiday spirit to hospitalized veterans and troops deployed overseas.... Read more»

Az lawmakers renew call to keep A-10 fighter jet flying

Arizona Rep. Ron Barber and Sen. John McCain joined lawmakers and soldiers urging the Pentagon to drop plans to retire the A-10. Retiring the jet would be “a travesty,” said one, adding that only “our Father in heaven” is better at protecting troops and scattering enemies.... Read more»

McSally pulls out 161-vote win in CD2, recount coming

Eight days after the election, we have a winner in Arizona’s CD 2: The third time was the charm for Martha McSally, who finished with a razor-thin 161-vote lead over Rep. Ron Barber that will trigger an automatic recount. The unofficial totals in CD 2 are 109,704 for the Republican challenger, and 109,543 for the Democratic incumbent.... Read more»3

Update: 213 ballots surface in Pima County, may forestall CD2 recount

In an election twist that’s certain to raise eyebrows in some quarters, about 200 ballots have turned up in Pima County, potentially affecting the 133-vote margin that separates Martha McSally from Rep. Ron Barber. Voters in Green Valley’s Continental School District were originally mailed misprinted ballots and sent replacements, and some were returned in the wrong envelopes.... Read more»4

Recount pending: McSally clings to 133-vote lead over Barber

Too close to call: Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, up just 133 votes Tuesday as Pima County reported that “nearly all” ballots had been tallied. While McSally is the apparent winner of the election, an automatic recount is almost inevitable. There are about 200 conditional ballots that might yet be added to the count.... Read more»3

Comic: Lawyering

Down to the wire

GOP candidate Martha McSally asked Pima County Superior Court for a restraining order to halt the count of provisional ballots. And was denied.... Read more»

Update: Barber picks up more votes, McSally up by 179

Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber on Monday, up 179 votes as Pima County released new numbers around 5:30 p.m. Barber picked up another 162 votes in the spread as new tallies were reported, while a judge denied McSally’s move to block the count of a number of provisional ballots.... Read more»

Updated election results

Election Day may be over, but votes are still being counted, with some races hanging in the balance. Check back for live updates of the latest tallies.... Read more»

Judge denies McSally move, says to continue counting Pima ballots

A request by GOP candidate Martha McSally for a restraining order to halt the count of provisional ballots in Pima County was denied by a judge Monday. McSally, up just 341 votes, has had her lead slowly eroded as additional ballots have been tallied in her challenge to U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»6

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