Arizona Election Night Recap: No Major Upsets, but Some Races Remain Unsettled
At midnight on Election Day, there were no surprise winners for Arizona's major political offices.
Republicans held on to most offices -- Doug Ducey is the new governor-elect, Jeff DeWit was elected treasurer, Michele Reagan is projected to be the new secretary of state, Mark Brnovich is on pace to become the next attorney general, and the two Republicans on the corporation commission are being replaced by two other Republicans.
Although there weren't any big Election Day surprises, that's because some races still weren't settled by midnight.
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With 1319 of 1566 voting precincts reporting by midnight, David Garcia -- a candidate for the state's schools superintendent -- remained the Democrats' only hope for statewide office. Garcia trailed behind Republican Diane Douglas by about 27,000 votes, with more than 1 million votes counted.
Garcia didn't make any significant cuts into Douglas' lead as votes were counted overnight, and with nearly 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Douglas still leads by more than 25,000 votes.
There were two other major races that weren't decided yesterday. Both Democratic Congressman Ron Barber and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick couldn't be immediately sure of their re-elections.
In northern and eastern Arizona's First Congressional District, Kirkpatrick led Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin by about 4 percentage points, but there are many votes to be counted in that district, which includes many rural areas. Only 211 of 327 precincts in the district had reported the results last night. Overnight, however, all of the precincts reported results, and Kirkpatrick has a commanding lead -- more than 53 percent of the votes cast were for Kirkpatrick, and less than 47 percent for Tobin.
In southern Arizona's Second Congressional District, things were even tighter. Barber led Republican challenger Martha McSally by just 247 votes after more than 150,000 votes had been counted by midnight.
By this morning, the race is still too close to call. With a couple dozen precincts' votes still outstanding, McSally led by 36 votes as of 5 a.m. today.
With the exception of the Barber/McSally race, it appears that none of the statewide offices or congressional seats will be changing parties.
No matter which way the remaining races end up, it was a clear night of victory for Arizona Republicans, especially with Governor Jan Brewer handing over the reins to Ducey.
Ducey repeated one of his campaign lines that he's going to be the governor of all Arizonans, adding, "I'm grateful for the privilege you have given me, and the trust you have placed in me."
On the other side, Fred DuVal, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, gave a sincere congratulation to Ducey, but also dropped a line about all the outside money that went in Ducey's favor.
"I would like to congratulate the other big winners tonight, but most of them are undisclosed, unknown, and out of state," DuVal said.
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