Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs maintains Arizona gubernatorial lead

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She led Kari Lake by 1.6 percentage points after the posting of approximately 85,000 votes from Maricopa County. There are approximately 270,000 ballots left to be counted statewide and Hobbs has a lead of about 35,000 votes

 Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs maintains Arizona gubernatorial lead

Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs maintains Arizona gubernatorial lead. (REUTERS)

Kari Lake, the Republican Party candidate for Arizona governorship, won a few thousand votes in the state's largest county on Saturday, but is still behind from Democrat Katie Hobbs by tens of thousands of them following the release of the Maricopa results.

Hobbs he led Lake by 1.6 percentage points after the posting of approximately 85,000 votes from Maricopa County.There are approximately 270,000 ballots left to be counted statewide and Hobbs has a lead of about 35,000 votes.

Analysts from Bipartisan data believe the count will eventually shift in favor of Lake, but it remains unclear if he will get enough votes to pass Hobbs. Republicans have watched anxiously since Tuesday as Hobbs has defied expectations of him and extended his leadday after day, including Saturday when combined with results from the rest of the state.

Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs maintains lead for Arizona governor< /p>Kari Lake, the Republican Party's candidate for governor of Arizona, won a few thousand votes in the state's largest county on Saturday, but remains behind Democrat Katie Hobbs by tens of thousands of them. (REUTERS)

About 50 conservative protesters gathered outside the Maricopa County Voter Counting Center, in downtown Phoenix, on Saturday at noon to express their concerns about the slow vote counting. Long counts are the norm in Arizona, where a record number of people cast ballots by mail on Election Day.

Some protesters wore bulletproof vests or were carrying handguns as several nearby county police officers guarded the complex.

Arizona was central to the ex's attempt to President Donald Trump to nullify the 2020 election and question the legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory. Democratic Senator Mark Kelly, who won his race on Friday, pushed to put behind the false claims of a rigged election that have shaped state politics for the past two years.

Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs maintains Arizona gubernatorial lead

About 50 conservative protesters gathered outside the Maricopa County Election Counting Center in downtown Phoenix at noon Saturday to voice their concerns about the slow rate of vote counting. (REUTERS)

“After a long election, it can be tempting to stay focused on what divides us,” Kelly said Saturday in a victory speech at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. “But we have seen the consequences that result from leaders refusing to accept the truth and focus more on conspiracies of the past than solving the challenges facing us today.”

Kelly's victory Friday combined with triumph Saturday from Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada ensured that Democrats maintain control of the Senate for the next two years.

Kelly won after distancing himself from Biden and create an image as an independent legislatornot committed to his party. He was cast in the mold of his predecessor, the late Republican John McCain, whose seat Kelly won in a special election two years ago. Her victory gives her a full six years from January.

Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs holds the lead for Arizona governor

Kelly's opponent, Republican Blake Masters, did not concede defeat, saying in a statement that his team will ensure all legal votes are counted. (REUTERS)

“Senator McCain epitomized everything it was to be a leader at a time when our state and country remained divided,” Kelly said.

Kelly's opponent, Republican Blake Masters, did not concede defeat, saying in a statement that his team will ensure all legal votes are counted.< /p>

Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who has traveled four times in space, is married to US Rep. Gabby Giffords, who inspired the country when it came back from a gunshot wound to the head during an attempted homicide in 2011 that killed six people and wounded 13.

(With information from The Associated Press)< /i>

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