New tally favors GOP, but control of Senate still hangs in the balance; Brophy McGee narrows Marsh’s lead

Voters drop off ballots as volunteers look on at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Phoenix. In Arizona, Maricopa County, the nation’s second-largest voting jurisdiction, a steady stream of cars go in and out of the parking lot to deliver ballots at the drop box location. /AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

By Julia Shumway | Arizona Capitol Times

Senate Republicans this afternoon re-elected the chamber’s leaders for the next two years even as three races that could decide the Senate majority remained too close to call. 

Assuming the GOP holds on to its majority, Sens. Karen Fann, Rick Gray and Sonny Borrelli will keep their positions as President, Majority Leader and Majority Whip, respectively.

The most underwhelming win in Tuesday’s election may be Proposition 208, the Invest in Education Act. 

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, postponed a leadership election scheduled for Thursday afternoon in hopes that their party mates who are challenging incumbent Republicans in Legislative Districts 17 and 20 would pull ahead. 

Both caucuses assume Democrats will have picked up one seat in Legislative District 28 by the time votes are finalized, but it will take another pickup to tie the Senate and a third to flip it.


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