ARIZONA ELECTION

Arizona Statehouse could be split more evenly between parties

Nov 7, 2018, 8:27 AM | Updated: 12:54 pm
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PHOENIX — Even when election results live up to predictions, there is always a chance for the unexpected and Arizona’s midterms produced just that.

“Every single election brings surprises,” Valley-based political consultant Stan Barnes said Wednesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.

“The Statehouse, for the first time since 1966, might actually be in play when it comes to a majority. That was a big surprise,” Barnes said.

But, “Thirty-one Republicans to 29 Democrats … if you’re a Democratic person, that’s your silver lining. The Democratic Party might get control. That’s a pretty big statement,” he said.

Barnes was more surprised by the lack of an outright winner in the fiercely battled U.S. Senate race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

McSally led by less than 1 percent when Election Day ended. Votes were still being counted and it could take days before a winner is declared.

“I thought McSally would win by two or three points,” he said, adding that should the retired combat pilot win, she’d take the state but lose Maricopa County.

“If, indeed you can win a statewide race without Maricopa County, that’s an interesting dynamic.”

Other state races went as expected. Republicans Gov. Doug Ducey and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich won re-election.

At the federal level, things also played out to expectations.

“Arizona will send a split delegation to Washington,” he said.

Democrat Greg Stanton, the former mayor of Phoenix, easily won the U.S. House seat vacated by Sinema, and in another hard-punching congressional race, incumbent Tom O’Halleran, a Democrat, was declared the winner over Republican Wendy Rogers in District 1.

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Rep.-elect Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., celebrates his win at an election night gathering for Democrats Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. Stanton defeated Republican Steve Ferrara in Arizona's 9th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at an election night party in Scottsdale, Ariz. Incumbent Ducey defeated democratic challenger David Garcia for his second term. (AP Photo/Matt York) Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, embraces Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, while speaking to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at an election night party in Scottsdale, Ariz. Incumbent Ducey defeated Democratic challenger David Garcia for his second term. (AP Photo/Matt York) U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., holds his daughter Olivia as he speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at an election night party in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) (KTAR News/Jim Cross) (KTAR News/Jim Cross) (KTAR News/Jim Cross) (KTAR News/Kathy Cline) (KTAR News/Kathy Cline) (KTAR News/Kathy Cline) (KTAR News/Griselda Zetino) (KTAR News/Griselda Zetino) (KTAR News/Griselda Zetino) (KTAR News/Griselda Zetino) An elections official counts ballots at the Tabulation and Election Center, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Republican senatorial candidate Martha McSally, speaks with voters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Chase's diner in Chandler, Ariz. McSally and Democratic challenger Kirsten Sinema are seeking the senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who is retiring in January. (AP Photo/Matt York) Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a relocated polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Chandler, Ariz. The new polling station opened four hours late after the original location did not open due to the buildings' foreclosure overnight. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

A volunteer moves supplies to a relocated polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Chandler, Ariz. The new polling station opened four hours late after the original location did not open due to the buildings' foreclosure overnight. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

A notice sign is seen at a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Chandler, Ariz. A new polling station opened four hours late after the original location did not open due to the buildings' foreclosure overnight. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Marcicopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes holds an Election Day press conference, Nov. 6, 2018. (KTAR Photo/Ali Vetnar) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, arrives to cast his ballot early Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ducey is seeking re-election against Democratic challenger David Garcia. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia serves coffee at a local cafe, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. Garcia is challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Voters head into Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix to cast their ballots on Nov. 6, 2018. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Maricopa County elections official Deborah Atkins places a "vote" sign outside a polling station prior to it's opening, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Maricopa County elections official Deborah Atkins hangs "vote" signs outside a polling station prior to it's opening, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Arizona Statehouse could be split more evenly between parties