Arizona certifies midterm election results

Arizona officials certified the results of the 2022 midterm elections on Monday, making them officially Democratic Kate Hobbs the next governor and Democrat Adrian Fontes the next secretary of state.

Democratic Senator Mark Kelly will also get a full six-year term in the Senate, having served in the Senate for the past two years. The attorney general race between Democrat Kris Mayes and Republican Abraham Hamadeh is heading for an automatic recount, with Mayes ahead by 510 votes. Automatic recounts are required in Arizona if the margin is equal to or less than 0.5% of the total votes cast.

Hobbs defeated Kari Lake, a former local television news anchor who also refused to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. Lake again refuses to concede in the race for governor. Fontes also beat a 2020 election Republican denier Marc Finchem.

Hobbs, as the current secretary of state, was joined by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich at a certification ceremony Monday morning. Hobbs said Arizona had a successful election, “but too often throughout the process a powerful voice spread misinformation that threatened to disenfranchise voters.”

Hobbs said “all voting materials were thoroughly tested in the certification process” before and after the election, adding that the election was transparent, fair and accurate. She said 2024 will again bring challenges “from the election denial community.”

— Kathryn Watson contributed to this report

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