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RECAP: Election Day across Arizona

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Posted at 4:31 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 15:43:37-05

PHOENIX — Polls officially closed in Arizona at 7 p.m. Tuesday and initial results started coming in late Tuesday night. Some races have yet to be called, including the race for the White House.

Follow our live updates below.

Track the latest election results as they come in HERE.

Be part of the story: Let us know when you're seeing and hearing on Election Day. Long lines? Smooth sailing? Concerns? Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and via email.

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema releases statement on Arizona Senate election of Mark Kelly:

"Continuing a long tradition, Arizonans again chose independent leadership in electing our new U.S. Senator. I congratulate Mark on his victory and on the campaign he ran - a campaign focused on issues that matter to Arizonans and how to get results for our state, rejecting the petty politics of name-calling and false personal attacks. I am confident Mark will uphold the Arizona values of seeking common ground and putting country above party. I look forward to partnering with him to cut through Washington dysfunction to deliver for everyday Arizonans, and I thank Martha McSally for her service."

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Former Vice President Joe Biden won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes Wednesday, in a stunning upset for the historically Republican-led state, according to the Associated Press.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly has won a Senate seat in Arizona against Martha McSally, according to the Associated Press.

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An estimated 248,000 early ballots are remaining in Maricopa County, with 10,000 provisional ballots to be researched.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 3

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Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel, who is in a fight to retain her position, has been taken to the hospital due to a "health emergency," according to a spokesperson.

"The situation is fluid and there is limited information to share," a spokesperson said in a statement. Additional information would be released as it becomes available.

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After Fox News Channel projected former Vice President Joe Biden would win Arizona on Tuesday, defeating President Donald Trump, in what would be a stunning upset, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said it was much too early for that kind of projection.

The communications director for Sen. Martha McSally, who is up for re-election, called the projection "absurd" and "irresponsible" in a tweet.

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The Associated Press has projected the following races in Arizona, based on unofficial and early election results:

  • Democrat Ruben Gallego wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 7th Congressional District
  • Republican Debbie Lesko wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 8th Congressional District
  • Democrat Raul Grijalva wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 3rd Congressional District

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Fox News Channel projected Tuesday evening that former Vice President Joe Biden would win Arizona, defeating President Donald Trump, who won the historically Republican-led state in 2016.

The Associated Press nor ABC have not made projections regarding Arizona.

The Associated Press has projected the following races in Arizona, based on unofficial and early election results:

  • Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District
  • Democrat Greg Stanton wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 9th Congressional District

You can track Arizona's election results, here.

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Prio 207 passes -- Recreational marijuana legalized in Arizona

Arizona voters have passed Prop 207, which would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona, according to projections from the Associated Press. Voters rejected a similar measure in Arizona in 2016.

You can track Arizona's election results, here.

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The Associated Press has projected the following races in Arizona, based on unofficial and early election results:

  • Democrat Ruben Gallego wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 7th Congressional District
  • Republican Paul Gosar wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 4th Congressional District

You can track Arizona's election results, here.

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The Maricopa County Recorder's Office said 1,487,624 voters cast ballots in the 2020 Election, which represents an estimated 57.3% of total eligible voters. It also marks the highest amount of early ballots released on election night, according to a news release.

There are an estimated 248,000 ballots to count in Maricopa County, not including mail-in ballots that were dropped off on Tuesday. An estimated 167,000 people cast ballots in person on Election Day, the Recorder's Office said.

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The initial results in Arizona's elections have been released. Visit www.abc15.com/results to see where the races stand.

According to the initial -- and unofficial -- results:

  • Presidential race: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump, 56% to 43%
  • Senate race: Mark Kelly leads Martha McSally, 57% to 43%
  • Prop 207 (recreational marijuana): Yes leads no, 61% to 39%
  • Prop 208 (Invest in Ed): Yes leads 56% to 44%
  • Maricopa County Attorney: Julie Gunningle leads Adel Allider, 52% to 48%
  • Maricopa County Sheriff: Paul Penzone leads Jerry Sheridan, 59% to 41%

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7:24 p.m. - Presidential election update

As polling places have closed in Arizona and across the country, the Associated Press has begun to project which states Donald Trump and Joe Biden will win. According to the latest unofficial results, Donald Trump has clinched victory in 14 states and Joe Biden has won 11 states.

View continuous election updates, here.

At 8 p.m. view initial results for Arizona's races, here.

7 p.m. - Polls have closed in Arizona

Polls are officially closed in Arizona as of 7 p.m. Those in line by 7 p.m. will still be allowed to vote. The first initial wave of results for Arizona's races are expected to be released shortly after 8 p.m.

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CHECK WAIT TIMES AT POLLING PLACES IN MARICOPA COUNTY

There is still time to cast your ballot in Arizona. Polls are open until 7 p.m. (if you're in line prior to 7 p.m. you can still vote).

If you live in Maricopa County, you can check estimated wait times at various polling locations, and search to find the polling location nearest to you. Visit www.recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace.

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Air15 gives us a birds-eye view of the polling location at Surprise City Hall.

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The Arizona Attorney General's Office said 18 unopened mail-in ballots were found hidden under a rock last week. Those ballots have since been hand-delivered to the registered voters. STORY: https://bit.ly/2TNCcSi

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**UPDATE: Erika Flores, public information officer for the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, said in an email to ABC15 that "everything is in working order" at the voting center at The Church of Latter-Day Saints in Gilbert, Arizona. There are three printers at that voting center and one of them momentarily lost its connection, but is now back up and running, said Flores.

She disputed that voters were turned away. She also clarified that poll workers are required to wear a mask or face shield, but that voters are not required to wear a mask to the vote centers, but are highly encouraged to wear one. A county-wide mask mandate for Maricopa County remains in effect.

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More than 91,000 people have voted in person in Maricopa County, according to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. That number does not include people who've dropped off their early or mail-in ballots at voting sites.

Registered voters in Arizona who submitted an early ballot already (not voted in person), can check the status of their ballot at BeBallotReady.Vote.

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Election Day promotions
Some national chains will have Election Day freebies and promotions. It is against federal law to offer gifts in exchange for votes so the deals apply to everyone.

Krispy Kreme: Anyone can get a free glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme on Election Day.

Boston Market: To celebrate Election Day and National Sandwich Day, anyone can get a free slider at Boston Market, part of its new late-night menu. Offer is only good after 9 p.m.

Chili's: No freebie, but Chili's is offering a $5 presidente margarita through Election Day.

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