Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), ripped into her state’s Republican Party over GOP-led efforts to halt the counting of mail-in ballots as the state’s Senate race between Rep. Martha McSally (R) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) tightens.
In a tweet, McCain torched local GOP groups over a lawsuit filed this week seeking to force the state to stop calling voters to verify that they had mailed in a ballot in the case of ballots where names provided by voters are not immediately clear.
“I am one of those mail in ballots. I was under the impression my vote was always counted,” McCain wrote Thursday, tagging the state’s local Republican Party account “@AZGOP.”
@AZGOP I am one of those mail in ballots. I was under the impression my vote was always counted.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) November 8, 2018
“A foundational principle of American democracy and our justice system is that all votes are treated equally,” Arizona GOP Chairman Jonathan Lines explained in the lawsuit. “It is not fair nor just that voters in one county are treated differently under the law from other voters in Arizona.”
“The Republican Party is doing everything it can to silence thousands of Arizonans who already cast their ballots,” Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini said. “That’s absolutely wrong, and the Arizona Democratic Party is fully prepared to fight to ensure that every last Arizonan has their vote counted.”
Sinema pulled ahead of McSally on Thursday by a margin of 2,000 votes.
An additional 120,000 outstanding ballots were made available from Maricopa County Thursday, reports CBS News.