One day after the polls have closed on Election Day 2022, and Arizonans are seeing results still trickling in. With 100% of the precincts reporting, some of the major races are still too close to call.
Early results, as of evening Wednesday, Nov. 9, show Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly, with 51% of the vote, in the lead over Republican challenger Blake Masters, who has 47% in the U.S. Senate race.
For updated results check the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.
While early results from races in Pennsylvania and Georgia suggest that Democrats could maintain control of the U.S. Senate, nothing is settled yet.
Thousands of mail-in ballots turned in at polling sites on Election Day remain to be verified and counted, as well as ballots from at least 17,000 voters who experienced delays amid widespread printer problems that caused tabulation machines to reject ballots at least 60 of 223, or roughly 30%, of vote centers in Maricopa County.
Those 17,000 voters had to place their ballot in a separate secure box at each site inside what county officials have referred to as slot or door “3.”
An estimated 400,000 ballots remain to be counted in Maricopa County as of Wednesday.
In Pima County, Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly told reporters in a press conference late Wednesday that 159,000 ballots remain to be counted and that may take until Nov. 14-15.
The Kelly-Masters race remains key to which party controls the upper house, and could have a major impact on the next two years of federal politics.
Polls close in Arizona at 7 p.m. and the Secretary of State’s office says it will begin reporting results from early ballots at 8 p.m.
Democrat Katie Hobbs narrowly leads Republican Kari Lake for the governor’s race, with each candidate holding about 50% of the vote.
For Secretary of State, Democrat Adrian Fontes has 52% of the vote, while Republican Mark Finchem has 48%. And Republican Abraham Hamadeh has a razor-thin margin over Democrat Kris Mayes for Attorney General, with both hovering around 50%.
Incumbent State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, a Republican, holds a commanding lead, with 56% against Democratic challenger Martín Quezada, with 44%.
Republican Tom Horne, who became known for banning certain ethnic studies programs when he previously served as superintendent of public instruction, is vying for the position again. He holds a narrow lead against Democrat Kathy Hoffman, with both candidates hovering around 50% of the vote.
Overall, among an estimated 4.1 million registered voters, 1,918,628 ballots were cast, a turnout rate of 46%, as of early Thursday, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. Of that total, the largest share of ballots were cast in the states’ two largest counties. Maricopa County with 1,136,849 ballots and Pima County with 262,284 ballots. These numbers are estimates and can change as ballots are tabulated.
Historic race for Navajo Nation
Buu Nygren became president of Navajo Nation, beating incumbent Jonathan Nez. Nygren’s running mate is Richelle Montoya. She will become the first woman to be vice president of the Navajo Nation.
Turnout for the election was more than 50%, higher than in Arizona races. The Navajo Nation has the largest land base of any Indigenous peoples in the United States, and is second largest in population, with 400,000 people, after the Cherokee Nation.
The Navajo Nation is predominantly in Arizona, but includes areas in New Mexico and Utah.
Key ballot measures as of evening Wednesday, Nov. 9
Proposition 128 is getting clobbered, with a current 64% voting “no” as of midday Wednesday, Nov. 9. The proposition would give state lawmakers the power to amend ballot measures that voters approved, as well as siphon funds from the initiatives. The New York Times has called the measure with a result of not passing.
Proposition 308 is neck-and-neck, with 50% voting for and 49% voting against. The measure would allow some students without citizenship who graduate from Arizona high schools to pay in-state tuition, rather than being forced to pay significantly higher out-of-state costs.
Proposition 309, which would enforce more stringent ID requirements prior to voting, is also tight with 50% against and 49% for the measure.