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Hobbs speaks at Planned Parenthood in Tucson during the early days of her campaign.

Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs will win the race for Arizona governor, beating Trumpist Republican Kari Lake as the final batches of votes are counted, the Tucson Sentinel projects. Hobbs is leading by about 20,000 votes, and Lake doesn't have enough running room to make up that ground. Read more»

The longest time between a midterm or presidential election and the county posting its results in the 21st Century was in the 2008 presidential election, when final results weren’t posted until 17 days after the election.

Republicans in Arizona and elsewhere have insisted the days-long tabulation of early ballots is a new phenomenon that is aimed at undercutting faith in the elections and harming GOP candidates - but final election results have never been available on Election Night in Arizona. Read more»

While Republicans have predicted that every day since the polls closed would reveal a wave of GOP-heavy ballots that would eliminate Hobbs’ lead, that has yet to happen.

Kari Lake cut into Katie Hobbs’ lead for Arizona governor on Sunday, but not by as much as her campaign hoped — or enough to put her in a good position to overtake Hobbs as the final ballots are tallied in the upcoming days. Read more»

Although the county initially expected to have 95-99% of ballots counted by Friday, the large amount of early ballots dropped off at election locations on Tuesday has pushed that timeline back.

Republican commentators and candidates are espousing theories about elections in Maricopa County, unsupported by facts, that have spread like wildfire on social media - and the county is attempting to quell them. Read more»

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake.

The United States’ ceiling for female governors was shattered this week, with voters in 12 states electing women to the role, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004. Read more»

Maricopa County has made its signature verification process more rigorous, after getting concerns after 2020’s election that it was done too quickly.

Two main differences explain why Florida posted the majority of election results by the end of Election Night and Arizona didn't: Florida didn’t have an avalanche of mail ballots on Election Day and Florida counties has in-house scanners that process the ballot envelopes. Read more»

Glitches in ballot tabulators caused some delays in Arizona, but election experts say voting went relatively smoothly throughout the country.

Election conspiracy theorists who echoed the lies of former President Donald Trump lost several key races Tuesday, though some others in Republican-dominated states will now be tasked with running elections. Read more»

A box containing 'golden ticket' voting recommendations from the Arizona Republican Party at a polling site in Mesa on Nov. 8, 2022.

As more votes were tallied Wednesday, Republican candidates in Arizona began to catch up to their Democratic opponents who took early leads, but full results won’t be available for several days, at the earliest. Read more»

Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, left, and Elections Director Constance Hargrove gave a virtual press conference Wednesday afternoon.

About 160,000 ballots remain to be counted in Pima County on Wednesday, among about half a million still to tally across Arizona, as many races remain too close to call. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly takes a 6-point lead against Republican Blake Masters is bound into the next round of vote counting.

In the best possible environment, Arizona Republicans are struggling to win key races. The state is not reverting to pre-Trump form and is no longer a Republican stronghold. Read more»

Ciscomani at an election night campaign party at the El Conquistador resort in Oro Valley.

Democrats led many major races across Arizona on Tuesday night, but Republican turnout was strong on Election Day, and many races trended their way as more votes were tallied. In Pima County alone, at least 50,000 ballots remain to be counted, and about 500,000 across the state. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly spoke around 11:30 p.m. to Democrats gathered at the Rialto Theatre in Downtown Tucson.

Democrats led many major races across Arizona on Tuesday night as the first vote counts were released. But Republican turnout was strong on Election Day, and many races are bound to be much closer as more votes are tallied. Up early were Sen. Mark Kelly, gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs and U.S. House candidate Kirsten Engel. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate televised on Arizona PBS.

The results of the 2022 Arizona secretary of state race appeared up for grabs late Tuesday, with Democrat Adrian Fontes holding an early advantage over Republican Mark Finchem. Read more»

Arizona has not had a Democrat as governor since 2009, when Janet Napolitano left to join the Obama administration as secretary of homeland security.

Vying to become Arizona’s first Democratic governor since 2009, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs moved ahead of former television anchor and Trump ally Kari Lake in early returns Tuesday night. Read more»

The initial results include only early ballots received before Monday, and do not reflect votes cast in-person on Election Day.

With virtually all early ballots counted, Democrats have bigger than expected leads in many hotly contested statewide races, but because many Republicans waited to vote in-person on Tuesday, early results will change dramatically in the hours and days ahead. Read more»

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