In Arizona, it’s traditional to wait for days for the outcome of tight races.

As of Thursday night, The Arizona Republic estimates that 460,000 ballots have yet to be counted from Tuesday’s election — more than enough to tip statewide and even local contests.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, tallies were substantially updated for the first time since election night. Maricopa County released the results for about 130,000 previously uncounted ballots, and Pima County also reported more results.

Here are some of the key races still in doubt:

U.S. Senate

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema led Republican Martha McSally by 9,610 votes Thursday evening. Campaign managers for both candidates conveyed confidence, with each saying the remaining ballots would favor their candidate. 

Either way, the winner will be Arizona’s first woman U.S. senator.

Arizona secretary of state

Republican businessman Steve Gaynor has held a lead over Democrat Katie Hobbs since Tuesday, but the lead dropped by more than half when results were released Thursday.

Gaynor, a businessman, leads Hobbs, the Arizona Senate minority leader, by 19,763 votes.

Arizona superintendent of public instruction

Democrat Kathy Hoffman was narrowly leading Republican Frank Riggs, with 20,348 votes separating them.

Riggs, a charter-school development executive, had held a slim lead over Hoffman, a school speech therapist, from Tuesday night until results were announced Thursday evening. 

Arizona Corporation Commission

Three candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission have 25 percent of the vote, and the top two will win. Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman still lead, but Democrat Sandra Kennedy is 6,563 votes behind Glassman. This is the tightest statewide race at the moment.


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William Flannigan and Thomas Hawthorne, Arizona Republic

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