Governor Doug Ducey cruised to reelection last week over Democratic challenger David Garcia.
But Democrats, who haven’t won a race for one of Arizona’s statewide offices in a decade, are in the running for a number of them this year as ballots continue to be counted.
The race for Secretary of State remained too close to call as Tuesday night, with Democrat Katie Hobbs leading Republican Steve Gaynor by roughly 5,000 votes.
An estimated 150,00 ballots remained to be tabulated at the end of the day Tuesday, according to Garrett Archer of the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. The vast majority of them, about 126,000, were in Maricopa County, with about 20,000 in Pima Count and most of the rest in Coconino County.
Democrat Kathy Hoffman, a political rookie and speech pathologist in public schools, had a lead of more than 53,000 votes over Republican Frank Riggs in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hoffman has declared victory in that race, while Riggs has conceded.
In the race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission, Democrat Sandra Kennedy was leading the pack as of deadline, with Republican incumbent in second place. Falling to third was Republican Rodney Glassman, the former Tucson city councilman and 2010 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, who was trailing Kennedy by nearly 15,000 votes.
But in other races, Republicans continued their dominance of Arizona politics. In the governor’s race, Ducey captured 56 percent of the vote over Garcia, who narrowly lost a bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction four years ago.
“I am incredibly humbled by the confidence Arizonans have placed in me and honored to continue working on their behalf,” Ducey said in a statement following his reelection. “To everyone who volunteered their time and energy as part of our campaign, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This victory would not be possible with you. We’ve come a long way these last four years, but there’s more to do to grow our economy, improve public education, protect public safety, and expand opportunity for all.”
And in the Arizona Attorney General’s race, incumbent Republican Mark Brnovich was winning with 52 percent of the vote over Democrat January Contreras.
Republican state lawmaker Kimberly Yee had 55 percent of the vote in her race for State Treasurer against Democrat Mark Manoil. And Republican Joe Hart had 52 percent of the vote in his race for State Mine Inspector against Democrat Bill Pierce.
On the congressional level, Democrats were winning throughout Southern Arizona.
Congressman Tom O’Halleran, whose Congressional District 1 includes Oro Valley and Marana, easily dispatched Republican Wendy Rogers, a staunchly pro-Trump Republican who has now lost four races for Congress this decade.
In Congressional District 2, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick defeated Republican Lea Marquez Peterson in the race to replace McSally, who gave up her congressional seat to make her Senate bid. Kirkpatrick captured 54 percent of the vote in CD2, allowing her to make a return to Congress after she gave up her CD1 seat to challenge Republican John McCain in 2016.
And in the heavily Democratic Congressional District 3, Congressman Raul Grijalva easily dispatched Republican challenger Nick Pierson, capturing 63 percent of the vote.
In Legislative District 11, which include Oro Valley and Marana, Republican state Rep. Vince Leach won a promotion to the state Senate, capturing 55 percent of the vote to Democrat Ralph Atchue. In the race for two Arizona House of Representatives seat, Republicans Mark Finchem and Bret Roberts both outpaced Democrats Hollace Lyon and Marcela Quiroz.
In Legislative District 10, which includes the Casas Adobes area, the Catalina Foothills and midtown Tucson, Democrats prevailed. Democrat Victoria Steele captured 62 percent of the vote against Republican Randy Fleenor. In the race for two seats in the Arizona House of Representatives, incumbent Democrats Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley easily fended off a challenge from Republican Ana Henderson.
Roughly 56 percent of voters shot down Pima County’s $430 million bond proposal to pay for road repairs.
Meanwhile, Democrat Gary Harrison defeated incumbent Republican Toni Hellon in the race for Clerk of Superior Court. Harrison captured 55 percent of the vote.
“I've always been a confident person,” Harrison said on Election Night. “But it was everyone here that made me able to do this.”
Hellon, a former state lawmaker, told Tucson Local Media she had run her last race.
School Board Races
In the race for two seats on the Marana School District Board, Tom Carlson and John Lewandowski came out on top over Mark Neish.