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Carmona Campaign Not Expecting to Close Gap

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November 13, 2012

There are still several hundred thousand votes left to be counted in Arizona, but former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona's campaign doesn't seem hopeful that he can make up the votes needed to overtake GOP Rep. Jeff Flake.

Flake still leads Carmona by close to 80,000 votes and about 4 percentage points. But Carmona spokesperson Andy Barr tells the Arizona Daily Star that they'll probably cut the margin in half and ultimately lose by 2 percentage points.

He noted that -- though they weren't likely to win -- it represented improvement for Democrats in the red state.

"All things being even, we can compete statewide now. I think our race pretty well showed that," Barr said. "When you look at the amount of incoming (attacks) we took and the numbers we were still able to produce, I think it shows that this state very well could end up being a true battleground four years from now."

Meanwhile, there's still one House race uncalled in Arizona: In the 2nd District, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber now leads GOP challenger Martha McSally by about 500 votes.

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