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Runoff election between Gallego and Valenzuela for Phoenix mayor likely

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PHOENIX — The race for Phoenix mayor will likely not end on Tuesday.

As of early Wednesday, Democrat Kate Gallego brought in the most votes — more than 88,000 — but did not meet the 50 percent threshold needed to win the election.

She and fellow Democratic candidate Daniel Valenzuela topped the ballot, with Gallego taking about 45 percent of the vote and Valenzuela about 26 percent.

Gallego and Valenzuela will now likely face each other in a runoff election on March 12 to determine who will take former mayor Greg Stanton’s position until the term expires in 2021.

Stanton stepped down in May to run for Congress. He was elected to Arizona’s 9th District on Tuesday, replacing Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Republican Moses Sanchez and Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark took about 19 percent and 11 percent of votes, respectively.

Phoenix councilwoman Thelda Williams has been serving as temporary mayor and will continue until the runoff election.

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