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You guys: On Monday, November 21, all counties in the state of Arizona finally finished counting the Election Day votes. And it only took them 13 days. In fact, two of the contests were so close that automatic recounts were triggered. Those won’t begin until after December 5 … another 14 days away.
Want to restore trust in the process, Arizona? Reform the bad election laws. For the last time, let’s go to the big board…
|Kari Lake (R)||49.7%||1,270,774|
|√ Katie Hobbs (D)||50.3%||1,287,890|
U.S. Senator (race called for Sen. Kelly, Friday, Nov. 11)
|Blake Masters (R)||46.5%||1,190,643|
|√ Mark Kelly (D)||51.4%||1,315,771|
Secretary of State (race called for Adrian Fontes, Friday, Nov. 11)
|Mark Finchem (R)||47.6%||1,200,411|
|√ Adrian Fontes (D)||52.4%||1,320,618|
|Abe Hamadeh (R)||50.0%||1,254,102|
|* Kris Mayes (D)||50.0%||1,254,612|
Treasurer (race called for Kimberly Yee, Saturday, Nov. 12)
|√ Kimberly Yee (R)||55.7%||1,390,135|
|Martin Quezada (D)||44.3%||1,107,036|
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|* Tom Horne (R)||50.2%||1,255,977|
|Kathy Hoffman (D)||49.8%||1,247,009|
None of the percentages shifted over the past week. Of course, these numbers are unofficial until certified on December 5. But we’re not out of the weeds yet!
An automatic recount is triggered when opposing candidates finish within 0.5 percent of the total votes. This applies to two races: Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction. In the first, Kris Mayes (D) defeated Abe Hamadeh (R) by a mere 510 votes. In the second, Tom Horne (R) defeated incumbent Kathy Hoffman (D) by 8,968 votes.
Also, Arizona’s current Attorney General, Mark Brnovich (R), has demanded that Maricopa County officials provide a report on the tabulation machine problems on Election Day. By November 28, the county must detail the specific problems related to the printers at each polling location and how poll workers were trained.
Please note that your humble author sat next to Mark Brnovich in government class at Shadow Mountain High School. We would pass National Review issues back and forth, and drive our liberal teacher crazy with our anti-communist tirades. At the time, I worked as a highly acclaimed bag boy at Safeway. One afternoon, after we annoyed the teacher in class, he came into the store and bought a 12-pack of Meister Brau (a very, very cheap beer). After that, we called him “Meister Brau”; he didn’t like that either.
P.S. I worked with AG candidate Hamadeh at the Goldwater Institute, and AG candidate Mayes was my editor at Arizona State’s student newspaper. Knowing me is apparently a job requirement.
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