Last Updated on November 9, 2022
Republican Nominee for Arizona Attorney General, Abe Hamadeh, has taken the lead in his electoral race against Democrat nominee Kris Mayes, according to the Arizona Secretary of State website. Some 67% of ballots have been counted so far in the Grand Canyon State’s 2022 midterm congressional election.
Hamadeh now has 50.1% of the total with 895,419 votes, compared to Kris Mayes, who currently has 49.9% of the total with 891,687 votes. Hamadeh’s lead is currently about 3,732 votes.
“I want to thank the people of Arizona for entrusting me with this great responsibility. I will NEVER forget who I’m fighting for,” Hamadeh said in a statement posted on Wednesday afternoon around 5:30 PM EST.
I want to thank the people of Arizona for entrusting me with this great responsibility. I will NEVER forget who I’m fighting for. pic.twitter.com/IVXPENkpHB
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) November 9, 2022
Like Kari Lake, Hamadeh’s election day votes far outmatched those of his Democrat opponent. This substantiates the previously observed trend of most mail-in or early voters breaking Democrat.
Abe Hamadeh has taken the lead in the race for Arizona Attorney General.
— Addy Adds (@OneAddyAdds) November 9, 2022
Hamadeh received 314,956 polling place votes compared to the 12,961 votes which Kris Mayes received on election day. This contrasts with Mayes’ early ballot total of 761,736, which bested Hamadeh’s 761,736 early ballots.
Kari Lake shared the news on Wednesday afternoon. “Abe has officially taken the lead,” Lake stated emphatically.
Abe has officially taken the lead! 🇺🇸
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 9, 2022
“There’s still so many ballots left to be counted. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have the results right now. Look at every other state. You have Florida, which has five times our population. They have their results [election night]. We’ve become the laughing stock when it comes to our elections and it’s time we clean them up, Arizona,” Hamadeh stated on election night Tuesday.
The newly re-elected U.S. House Representative for Arizona’s 9th District, Paul Gosar (R-AZ), immediately made a statement about election integrity after the announcment of his victory on Tuesday.
“It shouldn’t take days or weeks to count all legal votes in an election. It should take one day, and one day is all it took until very recently,” Gosar declared.
We need to restore election integrity. pic.twitter.com/hzAvssYQVl
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) November 9, 2022
“This is going to be a long fight. Right now, I assure you, wait a few more days, the media back there, let’s shock the hell [out of them],” Hamadeh added.
“I’m telling you right now, it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t have that ability to declare a winner. It didn’t rob me of our victory, it robbed we the people, and that’s something they have to understand: that all we are asking for is free, fair, and transparent and confident elections. But Arizona, once every single is counted, I assure you, we will be victorious,” he stated confidently.
— Abe Hamadeh War Room (@AbeWarRoom) November 9, 2022