By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel, who remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency on election night, has taken the lead in her bid for a full term.
After election officials counted about 138,000 ballots on Wednesday and early Thursday morning, Adel led Democratic challenger Julie Gunnigle by nearly 4,200 votes.
Maricopa County has about 275,000 ballots left to count, not counting about 18,000 provisional ballots that must be verified. The remaining ballots are early ballots that were dropped off at polling places or received by election officials in the mail this week.
Adel underwent emergency surgery on election night after suffering bleeding on the brain, according to a spokeswoman who described her condition as “stable but serious” on Wednesday morning. Details are scarce, and it’s unclear what her condition or recovery prospects were as of late Wednesday night.