Needless to say, it has been a long and tumultuous 17 days since the Primary Election.
On election night, results showed us locked in a tight race but still projected to win. Days after the election, as additional ballots were counted, one of my opponents crept up in his vote count until he was trailing me by just six votes. Then suddenly, in the dead of the night, more ballots appeared putting him ahead by nine votes. Our team was assertive asking a judge to allow the County Recorder to include an additional 330 votes in her count. Unfortunately, only 18 of the 330 additional ballots were counted. We then fell behind by 16 votes! However, when an election is this close, state law requires an automatic recount by the Secretary of State. That recount took place Wednesday and the final results are in.
Unfortunately for our campaign, we did not prevail. By 27 votes, my opponent, Andy Biggs, has won the Republican nomination, 25,244 to 25,217 votes.
While I have humbly accepted the results of the election, I am proud to have fought to ensure every vote was counted and that our sacred right to vote was honored and respected.
I congratulate my opponent, Senator Andy Biggs, on his Primary Election win and nomination. I wish him the best in the General Election and look forward to working with him on issues important to Arizonans and the citizens of CD-5.
Finally, I want to thank you. Throughout the entire campaign, your unwavering support and prayers have helped me get through the process of running for office and getting my conservative outsider message to voters. As I consider my next endeavors, I want you to know I will continue to fight for our conservative values and the survival of our great Republic.