Democratic Senate nominee Kyrsten Sinema has taken a step ahead of his Republican opponent Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate race, while officials continue to compile postal ballots, a change of fortune that could reduce the size of the majority of the GOP next year.
Sinema is now at the top of McSally, 49.1% to 48.6%, according to the results reported by the election officials at 20 hours. Eastern time Thursday. The two women in Congress were separated by 9,610 votes cast across the country, far behind a Green Party candidate.
McSally has been at the top of the countdown since Tuesday's midterm elections, but more than 400,000 ballots remained outstanding on Thursday night, leaving a shocking race in a state where roughly three-quarters of voters vote by mail. .
The contest to replace retired Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) is one of three remaining unresolved nationwide. Although Republicans are certain to control the Senate next year, the strength of their majority may be lower than that announced on Tuesday.
In the Florida Senate race, Governor Rick Scott's lead (right) was reduced to just over 15,000 votes, or 0.18 percent, from Senator Bill Nelson (right) on Thursday night. This race is headed for a recount and could be mired in lawsuits.
Meanwhile, a race for the Mississippi Senate seats prepares for a second round on Nov. 27. Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith will face Democrat challenger Mike Espy. Both candidates got about 41% of the vote on Tuesday.
At the moment, Republicans will hold at least 51 Senate seats in January, while Democrats will hold at least 46 seats, two of which will be held by independent caucuses with Democrats.
Based on the results of the last three races, Republicans could hold up to 54 seats, while Democrats would have 49.
Republicans currently hold a majority of 51 to 49 years in the Senate.
In Arizona, four county republican parties filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to prevent county clerks from trying to verify signatures after the polls closed.
This caused a reprimand of the wife of Republican Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.).
"I'm one of those ballots posted," Cindy McCain tweeted Thursday on behalf of the Arizona GOP. "I had the impression that my vote was always counted."
Commenting on the Florida race, President Trump tweeted Thursday night to support Scott after the Republican candidate sued, accusing Broward and Palm Beach County election supervisors of "rampant fraud" .
"Law enforcement is investigating another major corruption scandal related to election fraud at #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott! "Trump wrote.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) Cautioned Trump and Scott against any attempt to influence the vote count.
"In a democracy, no one – not even the president – can prevent the lawful count of votes. We will not allow him or anyone to steal this election, "he said. wrote from Trump on Twitter.
Parallels appeared Thursday between Florida and Georgia, where both parties were engaged in a similar battle for pending ballots and alleged voting irregularities in the governor's race. Republican Gov. candidate Brian Kemp declared the victory and resigned as the state's top election official while votes were still counted.
"Brian Kemp finally realized that it was totally inappropriate to use his official powers to influence his own elections. Governor Scott should be aware of it too, "Schumer wrote.