ARIZONA 09 (TEMPE -- NEW)

Cautiously Optimistic

Sinema/Parker contest still too close to call.

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Nov. 7, 2012, 5:12 a.m.

Ex-state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) holds a “nar­row lead” over ‘10 AZ-03 can­did­ate/ex-Para­dise Val­ley Coun­cilor Ver­non Park­er (R) “in a race that was still un­de­cided at the end of elec­tion night.” Sinema “led by less than 2,200 votes at the end of the night.” With 98% of the pre­cincts re­port­ing, “she led Park­er” 47.4% to 47.1%. Park­er “was op­tim­ist­ic,” and said “he ex­pec­ted it to take more than a day to de­term­ine a win­ner.” Park­er: “There are a lot of votes that have not been coun­ted and we’re go­ing to wait and see what the fi­nal count is. We’re very en­thu­si­ast­ic about people who voted today and we really be­lieve that we’re go­ing to pre­vail. It’s ex­tremely doable” (Duda, Ari­zona Cap­it­ol Times, 11/7).

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