Five days after the election, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes continues to count ballots that could determine the outcome of Arizona’s U.S Senate election, which could end with the closest margin of victory for any statewide election in the country.
Even before the election, Fontes — a known Democratic partisan and Bernie Sanders donor — had become a figure of suspicion for Republicans and conservatives. Despite running on a platform of modernizing and streamlining Maricopa County’s eternally flawed election system, the first statewide primary election that Fontes oversaw in August after beginning his tenure was a disaster, with many of the problems already associated with the county election system seeming to be amplified instead of alleviated. This didn’t stop Fontes from initially claiming victory- stating that a primary election in which 62 polling places suffered serious technical problems was a “story of success.” However, Fontes proved unable to dismiss the problems with the election, later taking responsibility for the severe problems.
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