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.

ELECTION DAY Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman

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.

[RELATED: AP calls Senate race for Democrat Krysten Sinema, McSally tweets concession]

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.

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.

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.

[RELATED: Arizona county recorders to continue to verify signatures on mail-in ballots]

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[CHECK: Latest election results]


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Bruce in AZ

Hard to believe that someone who accuses the border patrol of torture and the military in the middle east of terror could be elected in a state wide race. Sinema is a leftist who should not be anywhere near a position of responsibility.


And this relates to Kathy Hoffman how? Why not take your Sinema sniveling to the proper thread?

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