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elections 2018

Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally
Dec 28, 2018

The Breakdown: The awards show no one asked for

2018 has been an exciting year from the start. As it comes to a close we’re looking back on some of the standout moments.

Secretary of State-elect Katie Hobbs (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 7, 2018

Hobbs not inclined to play governor when Ducey’s away

When Doug Ducey crosses state lines, it will be “Governor Katie Hobbs” to you.

Democratic Senate candidate Steve Weichert raises Democratic Rep.-Elect Jennifer Pawlik's fist in celebration of her victory in the Legislative District 17 House race on Nov. 13.
Nov 19, 2018

Democrats hope gains in House set trend for future

While all eyes were on the state Senate in anticipation of a potentially momentous Democratic power shift, it was the House of Representatives that saw a big step away from Republican dominance.

U.S. Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., smiles after her victory over Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nov 19, 2018

The Breakdown: Free at last?

Election Month continues here in Arizona with ballots yet to be counted nearly two weeks since polls closed.

Greg Stanton, a former member of the Phoenix City Council, celebrates as election returns come in. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Joanne Ingram)
Nov 16, 2018

Kirkpatrick, Stanton join freshmen in strong Democratic House class

Arizona’s two newest members of Congress joined more than 80 other newly elected House members for freshmen orientation November 13, as Democrats prepare to seize control of the lower chamber for the first time in eight years.

Nov 16, 2018

Arizona political ad spending hit record high – $129M

Spending on campaign ads in Arizona reached a record $129 million this year, part of a national trend that saw cable and broadcast election ad spending top $3 billion for the first time in a midterm election cycle.

Nov 16, 2018

Despite slight drop, Arizona still leads nation in women officeholders

Despite a record number of women running for office this year, Arizona will actually lose one female elected official when congressional and legislative delegations take office in January.

Nov 16, 2018

Election Day starts weeks of political theater in AZ

Republican leads in close races on November 6 vanished as county recorders counted ballots in the days after, and Republicans turned to attacking Arizona’s electoral process, making unfounded claims of vote rigging.

A worker prepares volunteers to verify ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Phoenix. There are several races too close to call in Arizona, especially the Senate race between Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema and Republican candidate Martha McSally. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Nov 12, 2018

The Breakdown: The end is near

Last Tuesday was supposed to conclude this election season, but in true Arizona fashion, the counting continues.

Stacks of voters' signatures were delivered to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office on Aug. 8 after Save Our Schools Arizona collected more than 110,000 signatures in three months. If it survives legal challenges, the referendum will appear on the 2018 general election ballot as Proposition 305. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 9, 2018

Prop. 305 defeat doesn’t end fight over voucher expansion

More than 1 million voters rejected lawmakers’ attempt to allow every public school student in Arizona to attend private or parochial schools on taxpayer dollars – but the fight isn’t over.

Nov 9, 2018

Dems squander record turnout, sky-high enthusiasm

Arizona Democrats' wish list included picking up a U.S. Senate seat, ousting Gov. Doug Ducey, picking up other statewide seats and flipping the state Senate.

Katie Hobbs and Steve Gaynor
Nov 6, 2018

AP: Steve Gaynor Arizona’s next Secretary of State

Political newcomer Steve Gaynor rose to the top, and fast.