Arizona Elections: Some Races Still Too Close To Call After Ballot Count Update

By Bret Jaspers, Casey Kuhn, Mariana Dale, Will Stone
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:54pm
Updated: Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:12pm

The latest updates are in for races in Arizona that were too close to call on Election Day.

U.S. Senate

Kyrsten Sinema now has a growing lead in the race for U.S. Senate.

The latest tally has Sinema ahead by about 38,000 votes as of 5 p.m. Monday. Her lead is now 1.72 percent.

Soon after updated numbers were posted from Maricopa County, Recorder Adrian Fontes sent a release with the number of ballots left to be processed: almost 143,000.

A majority of the state’s voters are in Maricopa County. Ballots will continue to be processed and results will be published daily at 5 p.m.

Secretary of State

The latest numbers show a lead change.

While the Associated Press called the race for Republican Steve Gaynor Tuesday night, Democrat Katie Hobbs has recently taken the lead.

Gaynor had led by about 40,000 votes since Tuesday, but the lead is now favoring Hobbs by about 5,600 votes as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Democrat Kathy Hoffman has strengthened her lead over Republican Frank Riggs in the race for the state’s top education job. Hoffman is 54,057 votes ahead as of Monday at 5 p.m.

Hoffman is a political newcomer and previously worked as an Arizona teacher and speech therapist. Republican Frank Riggs is a former California Congressman and charter school executive.

The two have been divided by thin margins since election night. The Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees the state’s department of education and has a seat on the board of education.

Incumbent Diane Douglas lost in the primary after serving one term as Superintendent. County recorders around the state continue to tabulate ballots.

A press release from Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes reported there are 143,000 ballots left to count.

Corporation Commission

The race for Arizona’s public utilities commission is getting closer.

What seemed like a comfortable lead for the two Republicans after Election Day has changed. Democrat Sandra Kennedy is now in the lead for the corporation commission —  about 10,400 votes ahead of Incumbent Justin Olsen. Olson, meanwhile, is leads Rodney Glassman by about 4,300 votes for the second spot. 

A Democrat has not been elected to the commission in ten years. That Democrat was Sandra Kennedy.


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