Arizona certifies midterm election results

Arizona officials certified 2022 midterm election results on Monday, formally making them Democrats Kate Hobbs The next governor and Democrat Adrian Fontes the next secretary of state.

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly will also serve a full six-year term in the Senate, after serving in the Senate the past two years. The race for attorney general is headed for an automatic recount between Democrat Chris Mayes and Republican Abraham Hamadeh, with Mayes leading by 510 votes. An automatic recount is required in Arizona if the margin is less than or equal to 0.5% of the total votes.

Hobbs defeated Kari Lake, a former local TV news anchor who has also refused to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. lake still refuses to accept Fontes also defeated a Republican 2020 election denier in the race for governor Mark Finchem,

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

Hobbs said “all voting equipment was thoroughly tested in the certification process” before and after the election, adding that the election was transparent, fair and accurate. He said 2024 would again bring challenges “from a community that denies elections”.

— Katherine Watson contributed to this report

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