Why The AP Has Not Called The Arizona Governor’s Race

by | Nov 12, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has not called the open governor’s race in Arizona between Katie Hobbs, the Democratic secretary of state, and Republican Kari Lake, a former TV broadcaster.Vote counting in Arizona has been ongoing since Tuesday’s midterm elections, with officials in the state’s 15 counties releasing tallies of votes as they have been processed, at various intervals.AdvertisementTALLYING TIMELINEAlmost all of Arizona’s vote happens by mail, although some voters cast their ballots in-person at voting centers. Most Arizona counties don’t 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 that officials don’t have to wait until polls close on Election Day to start.Arizona officials release their vote totals in batches. Much of the focus has been 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 big releases have been coming from Arizona’s next two most populated counties: Pima (home to Tucson) and Pinal, a large, suburban area just south of metro Phoenix.AdvertisementHere’s the situation so far, starting with the most recent information:FRIDAY, NOV. 11MARICOPA: At around 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, officials in Maricopa released another batch of 75,000 votes, a tranche that provided enough information for AP to determine that Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly had won reelection against Republican Blake Masters.But there still was not enough for AP to call a winner in the governor’s race. The batch 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 verify on Saturday.Republican supporters stand outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Phoenix to protest what they allege is an unfair election.Alberto Mariani via Associated PressTHURSDAY, NOV. 10MARICOPA: On Thursday, Maricopa County reported a total of 78,000 votes, in a batch that favored Hobbs by 10 percentage points.AdvertisementPIMA: Pima County released vote loads 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 around 10 percentage points.WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9MARICOPA: On Wednesday evening, Maricopa County officials released their first batch of vote totals, figures that didn’t include any of the 275,000 early ballots received on Election Day.In all, Maricopa officials reported a total of 225,065 votes, favoring Lake by more than 3 …

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