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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»

Workers at the Pima County elections center, tallying ballots Saturday afternoon.

There'll be no new totals of the vote count in Southern Arizona's congressional race until Monday. In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 509 votes Friday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Other close local races also hang in the balance. Read more»

An active social media presence may help a politician – or it may not. In Arizona’s statewide and congressional races this year, it was a tossup. About half those campaigns with an active social media presence won their races, about half lost.

If Facebook friends were votes, Fred DuVal would be the next governor of Arizona. But DuVal, a Democrat with 30,425 fans of his social media site on Election Day, was defeated easily Tuesday by Republican Doug Ducey and his comparatively small 18,866 Facebook fans on that day. Read more»

'Well, I have some good news for you. This was the last campaign commercial you're going to hear for this year,' said McSally to about 200 people in the conference room at the Sheraton Hotel.

In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 509 votes Friday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Barber picked up 455 votes in the spread as Pima County reported additional votes Friday night, but the count moved in McSally's favor as Cochise County tallied another 1,000 votes. Read more» 3

'Well, I have some good news for you. This was the last campaign commercial you're going to hear for this year,' said McSally to about 200 people in the conference room at the Sheraton Hotel.

In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by 363 votes Thursday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Barber picked up 960 votes in the spread as Pima County reported additional vote tallies. In one of the few hotly contested local legislative races, incumbent Republican Ethan Orr was narrowly losing his state House seat. Read more» 1

'Man, you guys are the people who like to stay up late,' said McSally a thinning crowd of supporters around 10:30 p.m.

In the latest results, Martha McSally leads U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by about 1,300 votes. There are about 10,000 provisional ballots left to review in Pima County, while Cochise County was catching up on its delayed count. Read more» 3

Republican Mike Polak pulled out of the primary race in CD3 on Friday, telling supporters that he had a "minor heart attack" the day before. Polak, who's come up short in City Council and Sunnyside Governing Board races, signaled that he's not yet done with politics. Read more» 1

Olivas, via Facebook

Miguel Olivas, a Democrat turned Republican turned Libertarian, has dropped out of congressional race in CD3, he said Monday. Tuesday, Olivas' campaign Facebook and Twitter pages had already been taken down. Read more»

There's nothing new to the idea that congressional incumbents have a huge advantage in fundraising, but recent campaign totals show just how difficult it can be to out-maneuver a sitting representative on the money front. Just one challenger, CD 2's Martha McSally, raked in big bucks, with CD 3's Gabby Mercer faring so badly that her campaign account is running in the red. Read more»

Tucson Democrats respond to victory Tuesday night.

U.S. Rep Raul Grijalva, on his way to a sixth term with a win over GOP challenger Gabriela Mercer, said "the people of Arizona are essentially decent and good people." While Democrats cheered loudly at the news of Obama's reelection, while local Republicans booed and broke up their party early. Read more» 3

I've seen a lot of Libertarian and Green Party candidates over the years. Some are even honest in their beliefs—people who care deeply about small government or green energy, for instance. But most third-party candidates these days have nothing whatsoever to do with the party they supposedly represent; far more often they're just tools of the establishment. Read more» 2

The candidates in Southern Arizona's 3rd Congressional District will debate Tuesday night at Pima Community College, beginning at 6 p.m. Read more» 1

Get Van Morrison on the phone – according to Gabby "I'm On the Inside Now, So Let's Lock The Door" Mercer, his "Brown Eyed Girl" was probably a Middle Eastern terrorist spy. Read more» 3

U.S. Rep.Ron Barber thanked supporters at the Democratic Party gathering at the El Casino Ballroom.

Most Southern Arizona races shaped up as expected in Tuesday's primary election. Ron Barber will face Martha McSally in the general election, and Raul Grijavla will defend his seat against Gabby Mercer—who said reports of her remarks about Middle Easterners are "race baiting." Read more» 11

How long can the love last between two political operatives divided by party? Find out next week in the next installment of The Sandbox.

Democratic activist Ted Prezelski and Republican consultant Sam Stone rate the best and worst local primary campaigns in the initial installment of The Sandbox. Read more» 14

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