Lead Shifts In Tight Race For Maricopa County Attorney

By Katherine Davis-Young
Published: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:45am
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2020 - 4:20pm

Allister Adel and Julie Gunnigle
Allister Adel for County Attorney, Jennifer McDowell
Republican Allister Adel (left) is the incumbent Maricopa County attorney, and Julie Gunnigle is running on the Democratic ticket for Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Several races tightened in Maricopa County with the release of more ballots Wednesday night. And the lead in race for Maricopa County attorney has shifted.

Republican incumbent Allister Adel now appears to be pulling ahead of her challenger, Democrat Julie Gunnigle.

Early results Tuesday had shown Gunnigle in the lead for the race to be the county’s top prosecutor. But a spokesperson for Adel’s campaign on Tuesday said Adel expected early mail-in ballots would favor Democrats and Adel was “confident” she’d close the gap as more votes were counted.

Just over 4,000 votes separated the candidates as of Thursday morning.

On the night of the election, Adel also underwent emergency surgery for bleeding in the brain. As of Wednesday she was reported to be in serious but stable condition.

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