The AZ Data Guru at the Secretary of State’s office makes it official: Democrat Katie Hobbs is our new Secretary of State.
The Arizona Republic reports, Katie Hobbs declares victory in Arizona secretary of state’s race:
Democrat Katie Hobbs declared victory Friday night in the race to be Arizona’s next secretary of state.
In a press statement, Hobbs thanked her campaign and supporters. She and Republican Steve Gaynor had been locked in a close contest for days as more votes are tallied.
“As Secretary of State, I will work to ensure that every eligible voter — Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green, Libertarian — can cast your ballot with the confidence that your vote counts and your voice matters, and do so in a way that is meaningful and convenient for you,” Hobbs said.
Gaynor called Hobbs before 7 p.m. to concede.
“It was an honor to be the Republican nominee,” he posted on Twitter shortly afterward. “Many thanks to everyone who supported my campaign. Best of luck to Katie.”
Hobbs’ election is a major victory for Democrats, who spent more than $3 million to boost her campaign. The party hasn’t held Arizona’s No. 2 executive office since early 1995.
Her declaration came hours after Gov. Doug Ducey congratulated her for winning.
There are still ballots yet to be tabulated.
The only race still too close to call is in Legislative District 28 Senate race.
State Sen. Kate Brophy McGee has consistently maintained a lead in this race, but her margin continues to narrow. It is unclear how many of those 60,000 Maricopa County ballots are from LD 28.