by Jim Nintzel
With Republican challenger Martha McSally 161 votes ahead of Democratic Congressman Ron Barber, McSally is claiming victory even though a December recount still appears on the horizon.
All ballots are now counted and the voters have made their choice. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we've seen from across Southern Arizona. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all the voters and everyone who knocked doors, stuffed envelopes, made calls, hosted events, donated to our campaign and put in the countless hours to make this victory possible.
After nearly three years, some twenty million dollars in ads, and two campaigns, it's time to come together. We are united in our love for Southern Arizona—for the people and places that make this unique community our home. It's time to move from campaigning to governing and working together to bring more opportunity here and move Southern Arizona forward.
I thank Congressman Barber for being willing to stand up and serve as he has. No doubt, he has gained a lot of experience serving this community and I intend to seek his input and assistance to best represent Southern Arizonans and ensure constituent services are kept at their highest level.
While we still have a recount to go, we expect similar results and will provide the necessary oversight to ensure accurate results. I want to thank the voters again for their support and trust in me and look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work from day one to serve Southern Arizonans in Congress.
Team Barber isn't conceding defeat. Spokeswoman Ashley Nash-Hahn says:
With the unofficial counting of votes now complete, the result is so close that the law requires an automatic recount. The law is written this way because every election includes some human error, and with an election as close as this one, it is important that we ensure the integrity of the results.
We are committed to protecting the integrity of Southern Arizona’s vote. In Pima County, 782 voters had their ballots rejected, and those votes have not been counted. During the legal recount process, we will work to see that every lawful vote is counted and that the voices of Southern Arizona are heard.