Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva had a lead of nearly 3 percentage points the day after the election, and he declared victory in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District.
“The reason is all the outstanding votes are in Pima County, and Pima County is a Democrat stronghold,” Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana said.
Grijalva leads Republican challenger Ruth McClung by about 3,500 votes, with an unknown number of late-arriving absentee votes still to be counted.
McClung’s spokesman said she’s not going anywhere until election officials finish their work.
“She won’t be conceding until all those votes are counted,” spokesman Sam Stone said.