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Phoenix mayoral race too close to call, Gallego and Valenzuela likely headed for runoff

Posted: 10:50 PM, Nov 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 13:59:27Z

It appears the Phoenix mayoral race will be decided by a runoff election early next year. 

Unofficial results Tuesday night showed Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela as the top vote-getters, but neither had at least 50 percent plus one vote to win.

With nearly 200,000 votes counted as of 4 a.m. Wednesday Arizona time, Gallego had about 44 percent of the vote, while Valenzuela had 26 percent. Moses Sanchez had 19 percent and Nicholas Sarwark had 11 percent.

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A runoff if needed has been scheduled for March 12.

The special election was held to replace Greg Stanton, who left office in May to run for U.S. Congress. He was elected Tuesday night.

Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams has been serving as temporary mayor and will continue until the runoff election.