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Top Arizona officials certify November election results

December 3, 2018
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From left to right, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales add their signatures at the signing of the official election canvass Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other top state officials on Monday certified the results of November’s general election that gave the Republican governor a second term but also elected the state’s first Democratic U.S. Senator since the mid-1990s.

The signing of the official election canvass by Ducey, outgoing Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales is a formality that spotlights changes in Arizona’s political direction.

Although the Republican Ducey won re-election by 14 percentage points over Democrat David Garcia, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the Senate with a 2 percentage point margin of victory.

Democrats also won top statewide races for the first time this decade, including secretary of state, schools superintendent and a corporation commission seat.

Reagan noted there 2.4 million votes cast statewide in the Nov. 6 balloting and that turnout for the 2018 midterm in Arizona was 17 percentage points higher than the previous midterm. 

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