Democrat Kris Mayes confident narrow Arizona AG win will withstand recount

Nov 24, 2022, 5:00 AM
Kris Mayes, a candidate for state attorney genaeral, speaks at a Democratic rally in Phoenix, Wedne...

Kris Mayes, a candidate for state attorney genaeral, speaks at a Democratic rally in Phoenix, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Mariani)

(AP Photo/Alberto Mariani)

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General-elect Kris Mayes said Wednesday she’s confident her razor-thin electoral victory will stand up to a mandatory full recount.

“I feel confident where we stand, and I know that our elections officials are going to do a great job with the recount,” the Democrat told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

When the last of Arizona’s 2.5 million-plus ballots were counted on Monday, Mayes came out 510 votes ahead of Republican Abe Hamadeh.

“Are they going to call me Landslide Mayes?” she joked.

The margin of .02 percentage points was well within the .5-point threshold for triggering an automatic recount under state law. The recount process will start after the state canvass, which is scheduled for Dec. 5.

“It rarely results in an election being overturned,” Mayes said. “But, yeah, we’ll go through that process. There’s a process set up where we’re happy to obviously go through that.”

The former member of the Arizona Corporation Commission said she hasn’t heard from Hamadeh, who filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the results.

Mayes said the drawn-out count – it wasn’t finished until two weeks after the Nov. 8 election – was nerve-wracking.

“It was sort of up and down and ebbing and flowing,” she said. “I feel like people are going to see my name as being synonymous with the word ‘refresh’ because everybody was refreshing the secretary of state’s website to see what the results were.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News


Charles Barkley happy for Brittney Griner’s Russia release, feels for still-imprisoned Paul Whelan

Charles Barkley is happy fellow Valley basketball icon Brittney Griner was released from Russia in a prisoner swap, but feels for Paul Whelan.
22 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@MesaPD)...

Mesa police investigating homicide after man found killed in his boot repair shop

Mesa police are investigating the death of a man after he was found killed inside his boot repair business on Tuesday.
22 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
Taylor Kinnerup

Arizona’s News Roundup: Griner released, TSMC ups state investment and more

Listen to a recap of the biggest Arizona news stories this week, including Brittney Griner's release and President Biden's visit to the state.
22 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department Photo)...

Silver Alert issued for 44-year-old woman with cognitive issues last seen in Phoenix

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday for a 44-year-old woman with a cognitive delay who was last seen in Phoenix on Sunday.
22 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Fire-Medical Department)...

West Valley elementary school children evaluated after becoming ill following field trip

Twenty elementary school students in Sun City grew ill on Thursday after returning from a field trip, authorities said.
22 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...

1 dead after argument leads to gunfire in downtown Phoenix

A man is dead after an argument escalated into gunfire in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday evening, authorities said.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
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 Kris Mayes confident narrow Arizona AG win will withstand recount