ELECTION 2018: Sinema defeats McSally in key Senate race

Hobbs defeats Gaynor in Secretary of State race

ELECTION 2018: Sinema defeats McSally in key Senate race

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Senate race between Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally was the most watched in the country.

With only thousands of votes separating the two, the race was too close to call for days.

That changed just before 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, when the Associated Press declared Sinema the winner.

McSally congratulated Sinema in a video posted to Twitter a few minutes later.

Sinema jumped ahead for good on Thursday, when Maricopa County posted a large batch of results.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, Sinema was ahead by 38,197 votes. With more than 2.2 million votes cast, that is a difference of less than 2 percent.

To read more about the race between McSally and Sinema, go HERE.

Kyrsten Sinema victory speech

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Posted by Tucson News Now on Monday, November 12, 2018

According to Garrett Archer, there were 172,000 ballots left to be counted with Maricopa (143,000) and Pima County (19,400) accounting for 94 percent of those.

Even with Sinema’s win, McSally could still end up a senator this year.

Jon Kyl was selected by Gov. Doug Ducey to serve the term for Sen. John McCain, who passed away in August.

Kyl likely won’t serve the full term, which runs through 2020.

If Kyl steps down, Ducey could appoint McSally to the position. Ducey has to pick a Republican by law, so a GOP member who was picked by more than 1 million Arizonans makes sense.

McSally and Sinema were battling for the seat held by Sen. Jeff Flake, who did not seek reelection.


Millions of people went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6 for one of the most watched midterm elections in history.

We have selected the most important races and propositions for southern Arizonans and have them listed below. To see all the results click HERE.

We are covering the major national races too. You can read about them HERE.

U.S. House - District 1

Incumbent Tom O’Halleran (D) defeated Wendy Rogers (R).

U.S. House - District 2

Ann Kirkpatrick (D) defeated Lea Marquez Peterson (R). Read more about the race HERE.

U.S. House - District 3

Incumbent Raul Grijalva (D) defeated Nicolas Pierson (R). Read more about that race HERE.


Incumbent Doug Ducey (R) defeated David Garcia (D) and Angel Torres (G). Read more about the race HERE.

Secretary of State

Katie Hobbs (D) defeated Steve Gaynor (R) to replace Michele Reagan.

Attorney General

Mark Brnovich (R) defeated January Contreras (D). Read more about the HERE.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kathy Hoffman (D) defeated Frank Riggs (R) in the race to replace Diane Douglas. The Associated Press declared Hoffman the winner at 6:15 p.m. Monday, when she was leading by 54,057 votes.

Proposition 125 - State Retirement System

The prop was approved. The Constitutional amendment and accompanying legislation would permit the state to adjust certain benefits in the corrections officers' and elected officials' retirement systems to alleviate pension under funding.

Proposition 126 - Service Tax Prohibition

The prop was approved. The Constitutional amendment prohibits the state and each county, city, town, district, or other political subdivision in Arizona from imposing a new or increased tax on services that was not already in effect on Dec. 31, 2017.

Proposition 127 - Renewable Energy Requirement

The prop was rejected. The Constitutional amendment would have replaced Arizona’s current plan for increasing renewable energy use by imposing a new mandate requiring nongovernmental electric utilities to increase the portion of their retail energy sales generated from certain types of renewable energy resources to 50 percent by 2030.

Proposition 305 - Scholarship Expansion

The prop was rejected. The law would have expand eligibility for education empowerment scholarship accounts to increase the number of eligible students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade, with greater funding provided for low-income students.

Proposition 306 - Prohibit Clean Elections Funds Transfer

The prop was approved. The law will prohibit candidates who finance their political campaigns with public funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission from transferring any campaign funds to a political party or private tax-exempt organization that attempts to influence elections and subjects the commission’s rule making procedures to regulatory oversight.

Proposition 407 - Bonds For Tucson Park And Recreation Improvements

The prop was approved. It authorizes the city of Tucson to issue and sell not exceeding $225,000,000 principal amount of its general obligation bonds to provide funds for capital projects for parks and recreation.

Proposition 408 - Change To Tucson City Charter

The prop was rejected. It would have extended the terms of the current Mayor and Council members by one year and, beginning in 2020, holding even-year primary and general elections for the offices.

Proposition 463 - Regional Road Reconstruction Preservation And Repair

The prop was rejected. It would have authorized Pima County to issue and sell $430,000,000 of general obligation bonds of the County to be repaid with secondary property taxes.

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