PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Shortly after calling Arizona’s Senate race for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the Associated Press called another hotly contested Arizona race for the Democratic contender.
Kathy Hoffman will be Arizona’s next superintendent of public instruction.
Like Sinema, Hoffman was trailing her Republican opponent when Election Day came to a close.
With the tabulation of mail-in ballots, however, Hoffman closed the gap between her and Frank Riggs and ultimately took the lead.
The AP called it for Hoffman Monday evening, hours after she declared victory via Twitter.
This victory is not just about me or my campaign. It's about the thousands of teachers and educators who lead our public schools every day.We did this together. We did this because the future of Arizona starts in our public schools.Words cannot express my gratitude. pic.twitter.com/6cOsI9g02l— Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent (@kathyhoffman_az) November 12, 2018
As of 6:20 Monday evening, the only major Arizona race still up in the air is who will be secretary of state, the highest office behind the governor.
The AP called that race for Republican Steve Gaynor Tuesday night, but just like Sinema and Hoffman flipped their races, Democrat Katie Hobbs has come back to take a slim lead. She's ahead by about 5,000 votes.
Despite the AP's pronouncements, the ballot counting continues.
There are about 172,000 ballots still to be counted. While more than 80 percent of them are in Maricopa County, updated numbers will come in from Cochise, Coconino, La Paz, Pima and Pinal counties.
Arizona outstanding ballot report 11/12 6:15PMCochise: 600Coconino: 2.4kLa Paz: 576Maricopa: 143k (83% of remaining)Pima: 19.4k (11% of remaining)Pinal: 6.5k— The AZ Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) November 13, 2018
Recorders in all 15 of Arizona's counties are bound by a settlement to keep trying to verify problematic mail-in ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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