The mandatory recount in the Congressional District 2 House race saw Martha McSally pick up five votes in Pima County while incumbent Rep. Ron Barber picked up nine. A Maricopa County judge declared McSally the winner Wednesday. After the recount from Cochise County was figured in, McSally won the Nov. 4 election by 167 votes. Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson said the recount included 21 additional ballots discovered in a sealed bag that had not been counted on election night for various reasons, including a malfunctioning scanner. Poll workers, however, didn’t indicate any issues when they returned the ballots to headquarters, he said. Several of those 21 ballots did not include votes in CD2.
Two previously counted early ballots in Pima County were rejected in the recount because they had not been properly verified.
The Cochise County recount resulted in three additional early ballots being counted while four polling-place ballots were rejected. The final vote count was 109,714 for McSally and 109,547 for Barber.
McSally outpolled Barber in Cochise County by a 3-to-2 margin (21,737 to 14,677), while Barber beat McSally in Pima County, 94,870 to 87,977.