Why The AP Has Not Called The Arizona Governor’s Race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has not known as the open governor’s race in Arizona between Katie Hobbs, the Democratic secretary of state, and Republican Kari Lake, a former TV broadcaster.

Vote counting in Arizona has been ongoing since Tuesday’s midterm elections, with officers within the state’s 15 counties releasing tallies of votes as they’ve been processed, at varied intervals.


Almost all of Arizona’s vote occurs by mail, though some voters cast their ballots in-person at voting facilities. Most Arizona counties don’t rely ballots in-house, with officers as a substitute bringing them to a central facility.

Early votes in Arizona could be counted as they arrive in, that means that officers don’t have to attend till polls shut on Election Day to start out.

Arizona officers launch their vote totals in batches. Much of the main target has been on Maricopa, the state’s largest county, with a complete of 4.5 million residents — greater than half of Arizona’s complete inhabitants — and about 2.4 million registered voters.

But different massive releases have been coming from Arizona’s subsequent two most populated counties: Pima (residence to Tucson) and Pinal, a big, suburban space simply south of metro Phoenix.

Here’s the scenario to date, beginning with the latest info:

MARICOPA: At round 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, officers in Maricopa launched one other batch of 75,000 votes, a tranche that provided enough information for AP to find out that Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly had received reelection towards Republican Blake Masters.

But there nonetheless was not sufficient for AP to name a winner within the governor’s race. The batch favored Hobbs over Lake by lower than 10 share factors.

PIMA: Pima County’s Friday votes totaled almost 25,000 and favored Hobbs over Lake by almost 2-to-1. Officials mentioned that they had solely about 6,000 common ballots left to confirm on Saturday.

Republican supporters stand exterior the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Phoenix to protest what they allege is an unfair election.

Alberto Mariani by way of Associated Press

MARICOPA: On Thursday, Maricopa County reported a complete of 78,000 votes, in a batch that favored Hobbs by 10 share factors.

PIMA: Pima County launched vote masses totaling about 32,000 on Thursday, favoring Hobbs by about 30 share factors.

PINAL: Pinal County’s Thursday vote launch of about 8,500 favored Lake by round 10 share factors.

MARICOPA: On Wednesday night, Maricopa County officers launched their first batch of vote totals, figures that didn’t embrace any of the 275,000 early ballots acquired on Election Day.

In all, Maricopa officers reported a complete of 225,065 votes, favoring Lake by greater than 30 share factors.

PIMA: Pima County’s Wednesday vote releases totaled almost 83,000, with Lake outperforming Hobbs by greater than 20 share factors.

PINAL: The Wednesday vote releases from Pinal County totaled round 75,000, favoring Lake by greater than 20 share factors.

MARICOPA: On Election Day, almost 837,000 votes got here in from Maricopa County, favoring Hobbs over Lake by greater than 10-point margins.

PIMA: Pima County officers reported almost 190,000 votes, during which Hobbs had a greater than 2-to-1 edge on Lake.

PINAL: Pinal County officers launched almost 38,000 votes, which had been almost evenly cut up between Hobbs and Lake.


After Friday’s vote launch, the margin within the governor’s race sat at simply over 31,000 votes, with Lake a couple of level and a half behind Hobbs.

In all of Arizona, officers mentioned that there have been some 400,000 ballots left to rely, together with as much as 275,000 remaining votes in Maricopa County. Tens of 1000’s of these remaining votes had been ballots that got here in on Election Day itself — votes recognized in some locations as “late earlies,” the counting of which has been recognized to carry up tabulation.

In all, Maricopa officers mentioned they processed a file quantity — 290,000 — of early ballots that had been dropped off on Election Day.

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