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Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Votes are being counted in Pima County Thursday afternoon, and candidates in the District 26 House and Senate races are assessing results.

Republican Terri Proud, top vote-getter in the three-way race for two House seats, said Thursday she was honored and humbled by the apparent victory.

“On Tuesday night, we saw our hard work pay off,” Proud wrote. “The voters of District 26 gave me, a newcomer, more votes than either incumbent.”

Democratic Rep. Nancy Young Wright, third and defeated if the results hold, said Wednesday the race is “still too close to call.”

Young Wright said she held a lead near 500 votes among early ballots that have already been tallied.

“We have reason to hope that among the early and provisional ballots yet to be counted, we will make up ground and possibly prevail,” Young Wright said.

Democrat Cheryl Cage, defeated 54-46 percent by Republican incumbent Sen. Al Melvin, said “hurricane force winds were against us” in a mid-term political climate that saw major Republican gains.

“No argument here; it was a disappointing night,” she said in a Thursday statement. “However, we learned a great deal about what we care about and what the current 'powers that be' care about.

“This defeat is simply a bump in our road,” Cage continued. “Our task now is to rest, to laugh with friends and family, to sleep well knowing we did all we could.”

District 26, House

Terri Proud, R 34.73 percent 35,052 votes

Rep. Vic Williams, R 32.99 percent 33,303 votes

Rep. Nancy Young Wright, D 32.09 percent 32,392 votes

Results as of 12:13 p.m. Thursday

District 26, Senate

Sen. Al Melvin, R 54 percent 38,222 votes

Cheryl Cage, D 45.87 percent 32,473 votes

Results as of 12:13 p.m. Thursday

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