Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema opened Saturday night against Republican rival Martha McSally in the US Senate run in Arizona, while officials count votes by letter, increasing the prospects of Democrats winning a long-time GOP seat.
Sinema now leads McSally from 49.51% to 48.15%, according to the results provided by electoral officials at 7 pm. Eastern time Saturday. The two women in Congress were separated by 28,673 votes cast across the state, with a Green Party candidate left behind. More than 2.1 million votes were cast.
The competition is to replace retired senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's most vocal republican critics.
Without any proof, President Trump suggested an improper game in the vote count in Arizona in a tweet on Friday: "Just come out – in Arizona, SIGNATURE DOES NOT MATCH Electoral Corruption – Request for a new election? We must protect our democracy! ", He tweeted the president.
In response, Flake tweeted: "There is no evidence of" electoral corruption "in Arizona, Mr. President.Thousands of committed Arizonians work non-partisanly in every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted.We appreciate their service."
Arizona is one of the three US Senate races that remain unresolved since election day. While the Republicans are sure to control the Senate next year, the strength of their majority may be lower than the one that appeared on Tuesday.
The Florida Senate race is headed for a new tally, as Governor Rick Scott (R) has shrunk to 12,562 on nearly 8.2 million votes thrown across the state in the race against Sen. Bill Nelson (D) .
Meanwhile, a run for a US Senate seat in Mississippi is headed for a runoff on 27 November. Nominated Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith faces Democratic challenger Mike Espy. Both candidates had about 41 percent of Tuesday's votes.
At present, the Republicans will hold at least 51 seats in the Senate in January, while the Democrats will hold at least 46, two of which will be held by independents who will meet with the Democrats.
Depending on the outcome of the remaining three races, the Republicans could hold as many as 54 seats, while the Democrats could have as many as 49.
Republicans currently hold a majority of 51 to 49 in the Senate.