While it appeared that many of New Times' readers were favoring a big upset in Arizona in one race or another, none of them appeared to have happened.
A few of the congressional races still need to be ironed out, but Mitt Romney took Arizona, Congressman Jeff Flake's moving on to the U.S. Senate, Sheriff Joe Arpaio won yet another term, and it's just another day in the desert.
Most of the election results across the state -- with exception of a handful of state legislative races, and as many as three congressional races -- were predictable, although a few were interesting.
Terry Goddard is an elected official again? Interesting. None of the controversial ballot propositions passed? Interesting. Embattled Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was re-elected as Sheriff? Sigh. Kind of interesting.
What might be surprising, though, are the three tight congressional races. Early (very early) this morning, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick took back the lead from Republican Jonathan Paton in northern Arizona's CD-1, and Kirkpatrick was leading by more than 6,000 votes with nearly all the precincts reporting, which was way different than our earlier check (from late last night).
In CD-2, Republican Martha McSally was still hanging on to the lead over Democratic Congressman Ron Barber during our most recent check (around 2:30 a.m.), which showed McSally up by 1,312 votes with all the precincts reporting.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was still hanging on to her lead over Republican Vernon Parker at that time, leading by 2,101, at that time.
In all three races -- maybe less in CD-1 -- it might be a safe bet to wait until the results are official to declare a winner.
Either way, did any of the races in Arizona turn out much different than you expected, and genuinely surprised you?
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