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Analysts examine why Democrats won some of the highest-ranking offices in AZ in midterms

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 3:57pm

Following Democrat Katie Hobbs’s win in the governor’s race over Republican Kari Lake, analysts are examining what caused voters to sway to the left across some of the state’s highest ranking offices.

During a victory speech after the Associated Press called the race for Hobbs, she urged bipartisan efforts to work together. Still with a word of caution.

She warned those who continue to spread misinformation and run on extreme agendas to look at the results of the election. 

Chuck Coughlin is an Arizona political consultant. He said many of Lake’s comments pushed away potential voters.

“In my view, I think the Arizona electorate rejected her because of her extremism and her election denialism," Coughlin said. 

Coughlin pointed to Republican Kimberly Yee who ran what he said was a steady campaign and won state treasurer. She received almost 1.4 million votes — 120,000 more than Lake in her race.

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