Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Nov. 11-13
PHOENIX — Democrat Katie Hobbs maintained her lead over Republican Kari Lake in the race for Arizona governor, Republican Abe Hamadeh gained ground on Democrat Kris Mayes in the race for Arizona attorney general Sunday evening and a few election day races were called.
Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
Democrat Katie Hobbs maintained a lead over Republican Kari Lake Sunday evening in the race for Arizona governor.
Hobbs led 50.5%-49.5% in numbers released around 6:20 p.m. by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.
There were 1,211,595 votes for Hobbs and 1,185,584 votes for Lake — a separation of 26,011 votes — on Sunday night.
Hobbs was leading by roughly 34,000 Saturday night.
Republican Abe Hamadeh gained ground on Democrat Kris Mayes in the race for Arizona attorney general Sunday evening with Maricopa County’s vote update.
Mayes had about 50.2% of the vote, with Hamadeh at 49.8% as of 6 p.m., according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.
The Democratic candidate has a lead of 11,328 votes, but Hamadeh gained 10,122 votes Sunday night.
Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman holds a slim lead over Republican challenger Tom Horne on Sunday night.
Hoffman leads by 592 votes, down 9,003 votes after Maricopa County’s 98,618 ballots released on Sunday night, 50.0% to 50.0%, according to results posted around 6 p.m. by Arizona’s Secretary of State’s Office.
Both candidates have held leads in the race as ballots from Wednesday’s election continue to be counted and released.
Five of Arizona’s seven U.S. House of Representatives seats that were up for grabs in the 2022 midterm elections have been secured.
Two others went to Republicans who were unopposed, Debbie Lesko (District No. 8) and Paul Gosar (District No. 9).
The Associated Press called three races in favor of incumbent Democrats: Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva and Greg Stanton. Gallego and Grijalva were on Election Day and Stanton’s projected win was called Friday night.
The AP added Republican Rep. Andy Biggs to the projected win column midday Wednesday, and Republican challenger Eli Crane on Thursday evening.
Republican incumbent David Schweikert gained the lead over Democrat Jevin Hodge after votes from Maricopa County were updated Sunday evening.
Arizona voters have decided to keep Mark Kelly around as U.S. senator.
The Democrat and former astronaut is projected to defeat Republican challenger Blake Masters in Tuesday’s election. The Associated Press and other outlets called the race Friday night.
Kelly had 51.6% and led by 127,746 votes in the latest results, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.
Arizonans have selected Democrat Adrian Fontes as their next secretary of state.
Fontes was projected to defeat Republican nominee Mark Finchem, according to The Associated Press on Friday.
The Democrat had 52.6% of the votes — a 123,188 vote lead.
Republican incumbent Kimberly Yee is projected to defeat Democratic challenger Martin Quezada in Arizona’s state treasurer race, according to the Associated Press.
Yee led with 55.3% of the vote to Quezada’s 44.7%, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.
The Republican candidate had a lead of 235,660 votes Sunday afternoon.