Eight days later…

More ballots were counted and recorded from across the state Tuesday, and another statewide candidate declared victory. Over the weekend, Sandra Kennedy (D) took the lead for one of two open seats on the Corporation Commission, with current Commissioner Justin Olson (R) in second place.

In a statement touting her victory, Kennedy, who will be the lone Democrat on the commission, thanked supporters and vowed the make Arizona the solar capital of the world.

“No matter what their party affiliation, voters want a commissioner who will be a voice for them on the Commission, someone who will stand up to the utility monopolies,” Kennedy said. “I thank Republican, Independent and Democratic votes for supporting my campaign.”

For the second seat, Justin Olson is leading fellow Republican Rodney Glassman by 4,335 votes (0.11 percent).

Here is the latest on the races that have yet to be determined:

  • Secretary of State: Katie Hobbs (D) is neck-and-neck with Steve Gaynor (R). She is ahead with 4,957 votes. Although the AP called the race for Gaynor on election night, Hobbs pulled ahead over the weekend and held her lead most of the week.
  • Legislative District 17 House: Jennifer Pawlik (D) is in the lead with a total of 42,843 votes. Jeff Weninger (R) is ahead of Nora Ellen (R) by 2,836 votes.
  • Legislative District 28 House: Kelli Butler is in the lead with a total of 43,819 votes. Aaron Lieberman (D) has extended his lead ahead over Maria Syms (R) by 1,915 votes. Syms is ahead of Kathy Pappas Petsas (R) by 678 votes.
  • Legislative District 28 Senate: Kate Brophy McGee (R) is ahead of Christine Marsh (D) by 536 votes.

There are 147,700 ballots remaining to be counted in the following counties:

  • Coconino: 1,700
  • La Paz: 576
  • Maricopa: 126,000
  • Pima: 19,400

Morgan Carr

Emily Richardson

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