as Election Day came to an end, the race for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat ended exactly how it has played out over the past few weeks: too close to call.
An official victor may not be known for days — and maybe longer, if the final tally were to trigger a recount or legal challenge, experts say. As Tuesday night ticked toward Wednesday morning, the lack of an outcome began to settle in.
Maricopa County Recorder’s Office officials were expected to receive data from polling locations well into the night, said spokeswoman Murphy Hebert. The system will be updated as the ballots are processed, she said. Those data reflect in-person votes cast on Election Day.
The office will then start processing the “late early ballots,” which include those dropped off at the polling places on election day.
“That’s going to take days,” Hebert said.