AZ Superintendent, Secretary of State Races Closer Than Expected
State Superintendent of Public Education candidate David Garcia addresses the crowd at the Democrats' election night gathering.
Update, 8:30 a.m.: With 96.9 percent of precincts reporting, Garcia still trails Douglas by more than two points--over 25,000 votes--in the race for Superintendent. In the Secretary of State race, Reagan is ahead of Goddard by almost five points, representing almost 55,000 votes.
With over 70 percent of precincts reporting, it's still too early to call winners in the statewide races for Superintendent of Public Education and Secretary of State.
In the schools chief race, Republican Diane Douglas is ahead of Democrat David Garcia by less than two points. Garcia, an ASU education professor, was widely endorsed by both sides of the aisle, and Douglas, who has yet to appear at events or give comment in the media, is running on a single platform: stopping Common Core.
At the Democrats' election night headquarters, Garcia said he remains optimistic. "We knew this was going to be an uphill battle," he said. "I look forward to counting every vote tonight."
The race for Secretary of State is also close, though the margin there is wider. Republican Michele Reagan currently has just over 52 percent of the vote, putting her ahead of Democrat Terry Goddard, who has just under 48 percent.
Goddard said he, too, is waiting for the full count, though he began making it clear tonight that he plans to continue his campaign against dark money, with or without a success in this race. "I'm proud of having shone a light on the biggest threat to our democracy," he said. "I believe and you believe that corporations can't get away with drowning individual voices with tidal waves of cash."
Goddard joked that win or lose, at least the negative campaign commercials will be over come tomorrow.
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