The 2018 General Election is officially over, but that doesn't mean we have all the answers. With hundreds of thousands of outstanding ballots, some of the races are still undecided. But there are take-aways to look at:
Although the US Senator's race is close, it is unlikely to cause a legal recount. In order to trigger a recount, the vote total between the two candidates must be less than or equal to the less amount of one-tenth of 1 percent, which translates into about 200 votes. That doesn't mean there won't be plenty of attorneys involved, and there could easily be legal challenges. But the legal challenges will probably not make any difference to the final outcome.
Yavapai County brings out the voters and supports their candidates! Right now, Yavapai County is at a 69.30% return. It is the only county above 59%. Plus, there are still more ballots to verify and count.
In 2014, Yavapai County also led Arizona, with only 61.09%.
Yavapai County is currently at 97,519 ballots returned. In 2014, 75,326 ballots were returned. Can Yavapai County reach 100,000 return ballots this year?
- Senator Karen Fann received more votes than any other Senator in the state - 63,876. Only one other Senator even made it into the 50's.
- Representatives Noel Campbell received 59,188, David Stringer received 56,585 - more than any other Representative in the State. A few other candidates made it into the 40's.
- US Representative Paul Gosar is the top Congressional vote-getter with 156,086. Representative Biggs was the next highest, with 125,782 votes.
For the first time in a long time, Arizona will be sending more Democrats (5) than Republicans (4) to the US Congress.
If Angela Green had not run as a Green candidate, collecting 38,597 votes, Sinema would likely be leading. It is ironic that Green actually dropped out of the race around the beginning of November and threw her support behind Sinema. Evidently there were ballots that had already been cast in her behalf.
Arizona has four counties being monitored by the United States Justice Department for compliance with the federal voting rights laws.
- Apache County
- Cochise County
- Maricopa County
- Navajo County
In all, 35 jurisdictions in 19 states were monitored.
The blue wave? Not so much. Republicans are likely to maintain control of both branches of the Arizona Legislature. So far, the top elected offices have all gone to Republicans, although the Superintendent of Public Instruction's position is rather close. Riggs leads by fewer than 7K votes.
US Senator (too close to call)
Martha McSally (R) 850,043 (49.34%)
Kyrsten Sinema (D) 834,135 (48.42%)
Angela Green 38,597 (2.24%)
US Representative in Congress
Tom O’Halleran (D) 111,886 (53.3%)
Wendy Rogers (R) 97,958 (46.7%)
David Brill (D) 67,346 (29.8%)
Paul Gosar (R) 156,086 (69.0%)
Doug Ducey* (R) 993,576 (57.8%)
David Garcia (D) 690,259 (40.2%)
Secretary of State
Steve Gaynor (R) 866,510 (51.2%)
Katie Hobbs (D) 823,982 (46.7%)
Kimberly Yee (R) 928,314 (55.6%)
Mark Manoil (D) 740,758 (44.4%)
Mark Brnovich* (R) 897,611 (53.4%)
January Contreras (D) 784,767 (46.4%)
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Kathy Hoffman (D) 830,676 (49.8%)
Frank Riggs (R) 837,396 (50.2%)
State Mine Inspector
Joe Hart (R) 875,029 (53.3%)
William ‘Bill’ Pierce (D) 766,586 (46.7%)
Rodney Glassman (R) 786,546 (25.88%)
Justin Olson (R) 788,848 (25.96%)
Sandra Kennedy (D) 759,138 (24.88%)
Kiana Maria Sears (D) 704,488 (23.18%)
Clint Bolick retained? Yes
Jon Pelander retained? Yes
Prop 125 (pension underfunding) Yes
Prop 126 (prohibits new or increase in taxes on services not already in effect on December 31, 2017) Yes
Prop 127 (increase renewable energy) No
Prop 305 (expand education empowerment scholarships) No
Prop 306 (public financing of political campaign transfers) Yes
State Senator (Local only)
Jo Craycraft (D) 20,436
Karen Fann 49,291
State Representative District 1
Noel Campbell (R) 45,013
Ed Gogek (D) 18,478
Jan Manolis (D) 19,959
David Stringer (R) 42,232