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Purcell Facing Defeat In Too-Close-To-Call GOP Maricopa Recorder Primary

(Photo courtesy of Aaron Flannery for Maricopa County Recorder Facebook page)
Aaron Flannery is running in the Maricopa County Recorder's GOP primary.

The Republican primary for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office remains too close to call.

As of 1:30 a.m., the recorder's website showed incumben Helen Purcell trailing challenger Aaron Flannery by about 330 votes, with one percent still not reported.

There are still about 60,000 mail-in ballots still left to be counted. County officials estimate that count won't be completed until Thursday or Friday.

In Maricopa County an automatic recount is triggered when just 10 votes separate two candidates. Candidates can request a recount, but to do so they must show proof that a mistake was made and pay for it themselves.

This was the first time Purcell has faced a primary challenger since 1988 when she first ran for office. She has faced scrutiny in recent months after she decided to cut the number of polling locations during the heated presidential preference election in March that led to hours-long voting lines.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.