Purcell Facing Defeat In Too-Close-To-Call GOP Maricopa Recorder Primary

By Carrie Jung
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:50am
(Photo courtesy of Aaron Flannery for Maricopa County Recorder Facebook page)
Aaron Flannery is running in the Maricopa County Recorder's GOP primary.
(Photo courtesy of Maricop County Recorder's Office)
Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell.

The Republican primary for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office remains too close to call.

As of 1:30 a.m., the recorder's website showed incumben Helen Purcell trailing challenger Aaron Flannery by about 330 votes, with one percent still not reported.

There are still about 60,000 mail-in ballots still left to be counted. County officials estimate that count won't be completed until Thursday or Friday.

In Maricopa County an automatic recount is triggered when just 10 votes separate two candidates. Candidates can request a recount, but to do so they must show proof that a mistake was made and pay for it themselves.

This was the first time Purcell has faced a primary challenger since 1988 when she first ran for office. She has faced scrutiny in recent months after she decided to cut the number of polling locations during the heated presidential preference election in March that led to hours-long voting lines.

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