Pinal County attorney general race recount discrepancy is 'very unusual'

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 - 12:25pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 - 8:10pm

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Kris Mayes and Abraham Hamadeh
Kris Mayes For Attorney General, Abraham Hamadeh for Attorney General
Kris Mayes and Abraham Hamadeh were running for Arizona attorney general.

The vote counting is over and the lawsuits over the results are mostly over with. But there are some outstanding questions about what happened in one county after a recount was completed there. 

The race for attorney general was already one of the closest in state history after the first round of counting after Election Day, with a little more than 500 votes separating the winner, Democrat Kris Mayes, from the loser, Trump-endorsed Abe Hamadeh. But after the required recount of the race, Mayes' lead shrunk by a few hundred votes to just a 280 vote lead.

That kind of discrepancy is not normal when it comes to recounts, and it’s being attributed to one county — Pinal, which has seen its share of election issues this cycle. 

Jen Fifield, a reporter with Vote Beat, joined The Show to explain what's happening.

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