After six days of vote counting in a campaign that was so close that it had people all around the country, including Arizonans, on the edge of their seats, the Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs has been projected as the victor of the race for governor of Arizona.
After Maricopa County, the most populous county in the state, added over 72,000 more ballots to its total, the Associated Press announced Monday evening that Hobbs had prevailed over Republican Kari Lake as the winner of the election.
Hobbs prevailed in a close race that Lake was expected to win after late-arriving early ballots in Maricopa County failed to propel Lake to a come-from-behind victory, as the Republican and her allies had guaranteed would happen. Hobbs’s victory came despite the fact that Lake was the favorite to win the race. But those predictions did not come true, and Hobbs was able to stave off Lake’s late advances by maintaining a lead that was backed by significant margins in the early ballots cast in Pima County.
On Monday, after ballots were counted across the state, Hobbs held a lead of 20,481 votes over his opponent. There are fewer than 15,000 ballots left to count in Maricopa County, and almost half of those ballots are provisional ballots, the majority of which will not be counted in the end. There is no way for Lake to win the election at this point.
In a statement, Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán remarked, “This isn’t just a win for Democrats, this is a win for every single Arizonan.” She was referring to the recent election results. “Secretary (of state) Hobbs will be a Governor for every family. She will put Arizonans first, and she will fight to address some of our state’s most pressing problems, including the rising cost of living and the quality of public education.” We are grateful to Arizona for standing up to radicalism and putting the honor of our state ahead of all else.
The results of the election in Arizona have been a surprising rebuke of politicians who deny the results of the 2020 election and have been endorsed by Trump. These candidates include Lake, candidate for the United States Senate Blake Masters, and candidate for secretary of state Mark Finchem.
If Democrat Kris Mayes is successful in her bid for the office of attorney general in Arizona, it will mark the first time since 1972 that Democrats have won all three of the state’s most important statewide offices.
There was a difference of only 4,195 votes between Mayes and Republican Abe Hamadeh’s 49.9% of the vote when the counting was finished on Monday. Mayes had 50.1% of the vote.
In the meantime, Republican Tom Horne has pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Kathy Hoffman in the contest for superintendent of public instruction. Horne received 50.1% of the vote, while Hoffman received 49.9% of the vote. There is only a difference of 5,577 votes between them.
According to the results of many surveys, Democratic candidates across the country have fared far better than predicted in the recent midterm elections. This is especially true considering that these elections took place in the context of a president who is not particularly well liked.
Over the course of the weekend, the incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly was announced as the winner of the race for the United States Senate against Masters, and the incumbent Democrat Adrian Fontes was announced as the projected winner of the race for secretary of state against Finchem. Both of these announcements were made.
Republican candidates and their supporters asked voters to verify with the county to ensure that their ballot was accepted and to remedy any errors if it wasn’t accepted. This came as several Democratic candidates were proclaimed the predicted winners over the weekend, and other contests remained tight.
Results from 72,523 voters in Maricopa County were made public Monday evening, which indicates that approximately 98.6% of the ballots cast in the county had been counted.
As of Monday, there were approximately 7,600 ballots in Maricopa County that needed to be cured, which indicates that the signatures on the envelopes did not match the ones that were on file for the voter or that there is some other issue that the voter needs to fix before the deadline to do so on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Election workers make attempts to get in touch with these voters in order to resolve the concerns.
Over the weekend and into Monday, Republicans continued to sow doubt in Arizona elections, including the Arizona Republican Party, which claimed that printer issues that caused problems with vote tabulation at approximately 70 vote centers in Maricopa County disproportionately impacted Republicans. This claim was made by the Arizona Republican Party. The Washington Post conducted an investigation and determined that to be inaccurate.
Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, said in a statement on November 13 that “voter suppression raised its ugly head in Arizona at the hands of Maricopa County.” “Some people question whether it’s just ineptitude, while others wonder whether it’s because of misconduct. This is not something that can be easily embraced. It is necessary to make the necessary adjustments before this election can be validated. The results of exit polls indicate that a disproportionate number of Republican voters in Maricopa County were disenfranchised as a result of the county’s incompetence.
Ward urged voters who believed they had been the target of voter suppression to submit a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office in Arizona.