PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Katie Hobbs’ advantage over Republican Kari Lake in the contest to lead Arizona narrowed on Sunday, bringing the last uncalled governor’s race in the US even closer, but it was still too early to declare a winner. Hobbs held a 1-point lead with 26,000 votes, down around 10,000 votes from the previous day.
Although Lake has never taken the lead in the contest, she is adamant that she will do so as soon as early ballots cast at polling locations are counted. It is unclear if she will be able to close the margin with the approximately 160,000 votes still to be counted statewide, despite the fact that she received a majority of the 99,000 votes reported in Maricopa County on Sunday.
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Because there are still too many ballots to count for the Associated Press to determine that Hobbs has an insurmountable lead, the race has not yet been declared. Arizona’s secretary of state and U.S. Senate elections were won by Democrats, but Lake is performing better than the Republicans in those contests.
Lake, a former television anchor, is well known throughout much of the state and earned a devoted following among Trump fans. One of the most well-known election skeptics running for office this year is Lake. The lengthy vote count in Arizona has drawn harsh criticism from her supporters, but it is nothing new in a state where the vast majority of voters cast mail-in ballots.
On Election Day, a record amount of early votes were dropped off at the polls, according to Maricopa County officials. This caused a delay in the count while officials verified the legitimacy of the early ballots.
In a suburban Phoenix House district that Democrats had hoped would help them defy predictions and capture a majority in the House, Republican Rep. David Schweikert claimed the lead for the first time but was only a little more than 900 votes ahead of Democrat Jevin Hodge. For an open House seat in southern Arizona, Republican Juan Ciscomani kept a slim advantage over Democrat Kirsten Engel.