Kari Lake Trails Hobbs by Over 25k Votes

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    Arizona's most populous county, Maricopa, announced results from 98,618 votes last night, which shattered 54.6 percent to support Republican Kari Lake. moving Kari Lake closer to Democrat Katie Hobbs. 

    ABC 15's data analyst Garret Archer revealed the breakdown of the batch as 54.6 percent for Lake as well as 45.4 percent for Democrat Katie Hobbs, giving Lake an increase by 8,911 voters. Maricopa County election officials noted in a press release “nearly all” of the ballots included in the ballot “were dropped off on Election Day,” which had been widely anticipated to break in favor of Republican candidates.

    Lake had a lead over Hobbs in the vote by 26,011 across the state with 93% of the total votes counted as of 9:59 p.m. Eastern, according to the New York Times:

    Hobbs 1:211,595 1 – 50.5 percent

    Lake 1:185,584 – 49.5 percent

    Dave Wasserman, senior editor of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Cook Political Report suggested that Lake required a higher percentage of votes soon after the results were announced and claimed that it's “[e]extremely tough to see how [she] wins now.”

    Republican attorney general hopeful Abe Hamadeh garnered 55.4 percent of the vote drop in Maricopa and left behind Democrat Kris Mayes by just 11,328 votes by 9:15 p.m according to the Times:

    Mayes: 181,398 – 50.24 percent

    Hamadeh: 170,070 — 49.76 percent

    The outcomes from the U.S. Senate and the Secretary of State race that was the Associated Press called for Democrats on Friday night, read according to the following as of 8:50 p.m. following the vote dropped:

    U.S Senate results:

    Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) 1243,400 – 51.6 percent

    Republican Blake Masters: 1,115,654 – 46.3 percent

    Libertarian Marc Victor: 50,359 – 2.1 percent

    Results of the Secretary of State:

    Democrat Adrian Fontes: 1,243,076 – 52.6 percent

    Republican Mark Finchem: 1,119,888 – 47.4 percent

    Archer pointed out that 20,457 ballots cast from the state's First Congressional District broke in favor of Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) which netted him 335 more votes. In the race, 94 percent of votes were disclosed as being cast for the incumbent, who held 894 votes ahead by 9:15 p.m, according to the Times.

    “Huge blow to Dems in #AZ01 and their House chances overall,” Wasserman tweeted about the results.

    After the release of the results from Sunday night, the county estimates that its count is nearly 94 percent complete. There are an additional 85,000-95,000 ballots that are still unaccounted for.

    This comprises the estimated 5,000 “Election Day ballots to be reported,” estimates of 73,000 “early ballots left to process and tabulate,” an estimated 8,373 “early ballots left to cure,” and approximately the 430 “provisional ballots left to research.”

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