As more votes are being counted, Sen.-elect Jerry Lewis is widening his lead over former Senate President Russell Pearce.
Lewis, who defeated Pearce in the Nov. 8 recall election, was up by eight percentage points when Pearce conceded the race Tuesday night. Now, with only 2,400 provisional ballots left to be counted, his lead has grown to nearly twelve percentage points.
When counting ceased Tuesday night, Lewis was leading by more than 1,600 votes. Now, that lead has grown to 2,691.
The historic ousting of Pearce, the first recall of a sitting lawmaker in state history, split the Republican party between the two GOP candidates, both of whom were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lewis, a charter school executive, won despite the Pearce camp’s attempt to paint Lewis as a liberal and spending nearly three times as much as Lewis’ supporters.