The Associated Press has yet to call Arizona’s open gubernatorial race between Katie Hobbs, the Democratic secretary of state, and Republican Kari Lake, a former TV host, because there are still too many votes to count for conclude that Hobbs’ lead is insurmountable. .
Vote counting in Arizona has been underway since Tuesday’s midterm elections, with officials from the state’s 15 counties releasing vote tallies as they are processed.
On Sunday, the margin in the gubernatorial race stood at just over 26,000 votes, with Lake about a point behind. There are still about 171,000 votes to be counted in Arizona; Lake needs about 57% of those to pass Hobbs.
Almost all Arizona votes are conducted by mail, although some voters vote in person at polling centers. Most Arizona counties do not count ballots in-house, with officials instead bringing them to a central facility.
Early votes in Arizona can be counted as they come in, meaning officials don’t have to wait until polls close on Election Day to start.
Sunday’s results:Kari Lake cuts Katie Hobbs’ lead in Arizona governor’s race, but Lake’s path to victory is now tougher
Arizona officials release their vote totals in batches. Much of the attention has been focused on Maricopa, the state’s largest county, with a total of 4.5 million residents – more than half of Arizona’s total population – and about 2 .4 million registered voters.
But other major outflows came from Arizona’s next two most populous counties: Pima (home to Tucson) and Pinal, a large suburban area just south of metro Phoenix.
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Here’s the situation so far, starting with the most recent information:
Sunday November 13
maricope: Maricopa County’s lot of about 97,000 votes Sunday night broke for Lake by nearly 10 percentage points. There were about 94,000 votes left to count in Maricopa.
Pima: On Sunday, Pima County cast nearly 12,000 votes, which favored Hobbs over Lake by a 3-2 margin.
Pinal: An 8,500-vote batch released Sunday in Pinal County favored Lake over Hobbs by about 10 percentage points.
Saturday November 12
maricope: On Saturday, Maricopa County officials released a tally of nearly 85,000 votes, which topped just over half for Lake.
Pima: In a nearly 20,000-vote lot released Saturday by Pima County, Hobbs had a nearly 30 percentage point advantage over Lake.
Officials also said they do not anticipate any ballot releases for Pima County on Sunday. Pinal County did not release vote totals Friday or Saturday.
Friday November 11
maricope: At around 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Maricopa officials released another batch of 75,000 votes, a slice that provided enough information for the AP to determine that Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly had won re-election. against Republican Blake Masters.
But there still wasn’t enough for the AP to call a winner in the governor’s race. The lot favored Hobbs over Lake by less than 10 percentage points.
Pima: Pima County’s Friday votes totaled nearly 25,000 and favored Hobbs over Lake by nearly 2 to 1. Officials said they had only about 6,000 regular ballots left to check on Saturday. .
Thursday, November 10
maricope: On Thursday, Maricopa County returned a total of 78,000 votes, in a lot that favored Hobbs by 10 percentage points.
Pima: Pima County released ballot charges totaling about 32,000 on Thursday, favoring Hobbs by about 30 percentage points.
Pinal: Pinal County’s Thursday vote release of about 8,500 favored Lake by about 10 percentage points.
Wednesday, November 9
maricope: On Wednesday night, Maricopa County officials released their first batch of vote totals, numbers that did not include any of the first 275,000 ballots received on Election Day.
In total, Maricopa officials reported a total of 225,065 votes, favoring Lake by more than 30 percentage points.
Pima: Pima County’s Wednesday ballot releases totaled nearly 83,000, with Lake outperforming Hobbs by more than 20 percentage points.
Pinal: Pinal County’s Wednesday ballot releases totaled about 75,000, favoring Lake by more than 20 percentage points.
Tuesday, November 8
maricope: On Election Day, nearly 837,000 votes came in from Maricopa County, favoring Hobbs over Lake by more than 10 points.
Pima: Pima County officials tallied nearly 190,000 votes, in which Hobbs had a more than 2-to-1 advantage over Lake.
Pinal: Pinal County officials cast nearly 38,000 votes, which were almost evenly split between Hobbs and Lake.
Leftovers of the day
Across Arizona, officials said Sunday there were some 171,000 ballots left to be counted, including about 94,000 remaining votes in Maricopa County. Tens of thousands of those remaining votes were ballots that arrived on Election Day itself — votes known in some places as “late starts,” the count of which is known to delay tabulation.
In total, Maricopa officials said they processed a record number — 290,000 — of early ballots that were cast on Election Day.
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