ARIZONA NEWS

Democrat Katie Hobbs holds lead over GOP’s Kari Lake in race for Arizona governor

Nov 14, 2022, 6:40 PM | Updated: 8:37 pm
Arizona Democratic candidate for governor Katie Hobbs, left, and Republican opponent Kari Lake. (Ge...
Arizona Democratic candidate for governor Katie Hobbs, left, and Republican opponent Kari Lake. (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Update: Hobbs was projected to become Arizona’s next governor on Monday night, according to The Associated Press.

PHOENIX — Democrat Katie Hobbs maintained a lead over Republican Kari Lake Monday evening in the race for Arizona governor.

Hobbs led by 19,494 votes in numbers released around 8:30 p.m. by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

About 31,400 votes from Pima County were released Monday, while Maricopa County released 71,000 votes.

There were 1,266,922 votes for Hobbs and 1,247,428 votes for Lake.

“With the latest tabulation results from Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties, Katie Hobbs is the unequivocal favorite to become the next Governor of Arizona,” campaign manager Nicole DeMont said in a press release Sunday night.

Lake, the former television news anchor with Fox 10, won the Republican nomination over Karrin Taylor Robson and centered her campaign around the values of former President Donald Trump.

Her television-ready demeanor, confrontations with journalists and combative message for Democrats made the first-time candidate a rising star on the right whose future in national politics is already being debated.

Hobbs, Arizona’s Secretary of State, easily won the Democratic nomination on the strength of her rebuttal of fraud claims pertaining to the 2020 election.

The two candidates never debated during the cycle, a decision Hobbs said was due to her belief Lake “was only interested in a spotlight and creating a spectacle.”

The results will be a window into the pulse of the electorate in Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold that turned toward Democrats during the Trump era.

They’ll provide insight into whether Biden’s success here in 2020 was a onetime event or the onset of a long-term shift away from the GOP.

Tensions between Hobbs and Lake continued into the final weeks before the election.

Hobbs’ campaign office was broken into Oct. 24, a crime the Democrat attributed to Lake’s words and actions.

No link was found between the accused thief and Lake’s campaign.

Polling averages had the two candidates close in the months leading up to the election.

FiveThirtyEight had Lake up 2.4 percentage points, while RealClearPolitics had Lake with an advantage of 3.5 percentage points on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.


              Voters wait in line outside a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
            Voters wait to cast their ballots at the Biltmore Fashion Park on Nov. 8, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speaks about voting machine malfunctions at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 08, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. He said that about 20 percent of polling stations in the county have had tabulation machine malfunctions, where some ballots cannot be read. These ballots, he said, are being set aside for tabulation at the central election center in the evening after the polls close. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) A voter arrives to cast their ballot at the Phoenix Art Museum on November 08, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) Teresa Brice from the Election Protection Arizona Association sits in front of the voting center at the Burton Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 8, 2022. (Photo by Olivier Touron/ AFP via Getty Images) A voter casts his ballot at a drop box on Nov. 8, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Maricopa County officials Stephen Richer and Bill Gates explain the technical issues plaguing some voting sites in metro Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. Richer is the county recorder; Gates is chair of the county board of supervisors. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) A woman waves an American flag to greet motorists as they head to vote in the US midterm election at The Cesar Chavez Cultural Center in San Luis, Arizona on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images) Outside the voting center at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Security is in place at Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Security is in place at Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Security is in place at Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) A voter drops off ballots at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Voters stand in line to cast their ballots at The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Centers in Yuma, Arizona, on Nov.8, 2022. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images)

Arizona News

(Cave Creek Museum Photo)...
KTAR.com

Cave Creek Museum to construct Veterans Memory Garden

The Cave Creek Museum announced it will construct the Veterans Memory Garden to honor those who served and the unknown fallen soldiers.
24 hours ago
Sidney Garrand (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Man indicted on second-degree murder in road rage shooting death of 8-year-old in Phoenix

A man has been indicted on second-degree murder in the road rage shooting death of an 8-year-old girl in Phoenix last month.
24 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Daily Dose Midtown)...
Kevin Stone

Scratch Daily Dose in midtown Phoenix off your list of brunch spots

Midtown Phoenix lost a popular brunch option last week when the Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar closed its doors for good.
24 hours ago
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Authorities identify family members killed in rollover crash on Arizona freeway

Authorities have identified a man and two children who died in a rollover crash on an Arizona freeway that left four other family members injured last week.
24 hours ago
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates calls for calm among the attendees during ...
Kevin Stone

Maricopa County board chairman encourages legal challenges to election

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said he welcomes legal challenges to the 2022 general election results and will abide by any court rulings.
24 hours ago
(Mark Taylor Rendering)...
KTAR.com

New luxury detached homes available for rent in west Phoenix neighborhood

The west Phoenix neighborhood of Laveen is the home for a new community of single-family detached rental units.
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Democrat Katie Hobbs holds lead over GOP’s Kari Lake in race for Arizona governor