Katie Hobbs Widens Lead With Maricopa County Ballots

Katie Hobbs Widens Lead With Maricopa County Ballots

By Corinne Murdock |

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was unable to close the gap between her and Democrat Katie Hobbs as of Wednesday night. Hobbs widened her lead from just over 8,100 votes to over 13,000 votes. 

Hobbs gained 33,000 votes, putting her at 953,700 votes; Lake gained over 28,000 votes, putting her at over 940,700 votes. 

There remains around 400,000 ballots to be counted in Maricopa County. In a press release, the county approximated this to be 17,000 Election Day ballots, 382,900 early ballots, and 7,800 provisional ballots.

Lake told Fox News that she anticipated overtaking Hobbs in the coming days. Hobbs didn’t post about the ballot dump as of press time.

Arizona’s closest races were yet to be called as of Wednesday night, as incoming ballots close the gap between Democrats and Republicans. At least 611,300 ballots are yet to be counted.

Maricopa County delayed updating its remaining ballot counts for several hours. AZ Free News was unable to get the counts by press time. 

The second-highest number of uncounted ballots comes out of Pima County. Their recorder, Gabriela Cázares-Kelly, told reporters on a press call that it may be until next Monday or Tuesday before they finish counting those ballots.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to corinne@azfreenews.com.