Arizona Election 2018: 2 races with results too close to call

PHOENIX - Tens of thousands of votes remain to be counted in Maricopa County as two of our state's biggest races are still too close to call.

County Recorder Adrian Fontes told ABC15 on Wednesday morning that his office still has approximately 345,000 votes to count. A majority are reportedly early voting envelopes turned in at polling centers on Election Day.

Fontes said it could take as long as eight days until all of the votes county-wide are counted.

As initial results started coming in Tuesday evening, many races were called within hours, while two of Arizona's high-profile contests remained in limbo.



It is one of the most-watched races across the country: will Martha McSally, a Republican, or Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, serve as Arizona's first female senator?

Both are vying to fill Sen. Jeff Flake's seat after Flake's announcement in 2017 that he would not seek re-election.

As preliminary results started to come in Tuesday evening, the two appeared to be in a dead heat with both flip-flopping for the lead.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Sinema has 991,189 votes statewide, while McSally has 970,986.


After Diane Douglas lost her re-election bid during Arizona's primary, the race comes down to Kathy Hoffman, a Democrat and public school teacher, and Frank Riggs, a Republican and former Arizona congressman.

As of Friday at 5 p.m., Hoffman has taken the lead over Riggs by a count of 986,091 to 954,205.

The battle over education in Arizona got national attention this year, as the Red for Ed movement gained momentum with teachers and supporters.

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