PHOENIX — While Senate President Andy Biggs claimed victory Saturday, Christine Jones was far from admitting defeat in what has become one of the closest Arizona primary races.
The former internet executive’s campaign issued a statement declaring the contest for the 5th District Republican congressional nomination “far from settled.”
Election results posted earlier in the day showed Biggs ahead by a razor-thin margin of nine votes.
According to Maricopa County elections officials, a recount is automatically triggered when the difference between the candidates is either one-tenth of 1 percent of total votes cast or 200 votes.
“We are committed to leaving no stone unturned in the recount and, in the end, we are confident that Christine Jones will be nominated to run in the General Election this November,” campaign spokesman Brian Seitchik said.
Biggs, in his own statement, said he will now focus on the general election. He also called the turnaround of voting tallies “one of the most remarkable.”
Jones was initially the front-runner on Wednesday, edging out Biggs by just 876 votes. As more ballots were counted the next day, her lead shrunk to just more than 500 and then 37 votes the day after that.
The district has nearly 190,000 registered Republicans, and the GOP turnout of 35 percent so far greatly exceeds the statewide turnout of 24 percent in Tuesday’s primary election.
The GOP primary winner, who would replace retiring Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, will almost certainly go on to represent the district.
The heavily Republican 5th District spans Gilbert, Queen Creek and parts of Chandler and Mesa.