Though he wasn't on ballot, Doug Ducey fared well in elections

Posted at 1:06 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 15:06:16-05

Gov. Doug Ducey fared well during the 2016 election cycle even though his name wasn't on the ballot.

J.P. Twist, the governor's political adviser, told the Arizona Capitol Times that Ducey raised about $12 million for candidates and causes he favored.

In five of the six campaigns Ducey engaged in, the side he backed prevailed, the only exception being the state Senate race in which Democrat Sean Bowie defeated Republican Frank Schmuck.

He pushed Proposition 123, an education funding measure intended to end a seven-year lawsuit, across the finish line in a special election in May.

He kept the Senate in Republican hands, dashing the Democrats' hopes of a split chamber. And he made Arizona the only state in the country to reject recreational marijuana in November.