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McSally lawyers fail to block some ballots (access required)

In a Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 photo, Martha McSally, Republican candidate for Congressional District 2, enters a ballroom for an election party, in Tucson, Ariz. On Monday, Nov. 10, lawyers for McSally are asking a judge to block the counting of some provisional ballots in her race against Democratic Rep. Ron Barber. Monday's request for a restraining order comes a day after Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez refused a demand that she stop verifying provisional ballots that lack an election worker's signature. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)

A Pima County judge on Monday refused a request from Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally to block the counting of some provisional ballots in her undecided 2nd Congressional District race because they lacked the signature of an election worker.

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Arizona governor’s race targets independent voters

Doug Ducey (left) and Fred DuVal. (AP photos)

The race for Arizona governor has created an odd mix of arguments in a state where recent gubernatorial contests were dominated by divisive issues like immigration. The shift away from hardline rhetoric and toward more nuanced positions marks an effort by both candidates to negate their opponents' key points as they court the growing bloc of independent voters in Arizona.

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