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Almost there: Nearly 45,000 early ballots left to be counted from Maricopa County

(AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

PHOENIX — It was a steep number on Election Day, but now that number has steadily decreased to something manageable.

According to Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, there are approximately 45,000 early ballots left to be counted.

That number had been as high as 350,000 as recent as Tuesday night, when voters learned the results of many races, locally and at a national level.

The vote count has now reached its sixth day, which might seem like a long time, but a vote count taking about a week is not rare in Arizona. In a lot of elections, a recount must be held to determine the correct winner and the process takes time.

In Arizona’s August primary, a recount decided the state’s 5th Congressional District vote. Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs won the Republican primary by less than 30 votes.

Purcell’s office said counting will continue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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