As Secretary of State Ken Bennett certifies the 2014 General Election results, he’s expecting the court to settle Arizona’s second Congressional race. Bennett says state law requires that cliff hanger between Republican Martha Mc Sally and Democrat Ron Barber undergo an automatic recount.

Only 161 votes separate the candidates. That’s within the 200 vote margin required to trigger a recount. Bennett says any legal action falls under the jurisdiction of Maricopa County Superior court because that’s the county where the Capitol is located.

Bennett points out a Federal Judge has settled the issue from Ron Barber’s campaign about the provisional ballots he wanted counted which, the incumbent argues, could give him the win: they will not be included. And Bennett says, granting Barber’s request would only change the rules after the election.

The recount process is expected to take two weeks.

–Barbara Villa

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