For the first time in Arizona state history, an automatic recount was triggered Monday when election officials certified that the Republican challenger Martha McSally's lead over incumbent Rep. Ron Barber had been reduced to 161 votes, reports KTAR News.
Barber's campaign has maintained that 133 votes were improperly cast away and on Monday his attorney's filed a lawsuit seeking to delay a canvass of the election results.
Last week, a judge dismissed the Democrat's request to include those votes in the election recount.
Although defeated in the courts, a fundraising email sent out in the name of former Rep. Gabby Giffords suggests Barber is not giving up yet.
"There’s only one House race in the entire country that remains too-close-to-call. It’s the same Southern Arizona district I represented when I was in Congress," wrote Giffords, who had to resign her seat after being severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, reports The Weekly Standard.
In the email, which was disseminated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Giffords notes the 161 vote difference constitutes a margin of just 0.07 percent and contends that Barber can win "once all the votes are counted," but that "hundreds of voters are being silenced" because their ballots are not included in the certified vote count.
"Ron's opponents will find any way they can to win, which means Ron’s campaign needs the resources to fight back and challenge every trick they try to pull," she adds.
The contentious race got even stranger when a Tucson attorney, Bill Risner, filed his own lawsuit seeking a delay of the recount in the 2nd Congressional District until election officials buy a new computer with which to tabulate the votes, according to The Arizona Republic.
Results are scheduled to be announced Dec. 16.
While state law requires the method of counting votes must change in a recount, but Secretary of State Ken Bennett argues that simply resetting the machines so that only votes cast in Barber-McSally race is sufficient.
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