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.