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Tucson Mayor Regina Romero leads in early election results

By Christopher Conover, Hannah Cree and Summer Hom/Arizona Public Media
Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 10:12pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 10:39am

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In Tucson, Democrats appear to have swept the races for mayor and City Council.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero jumped out to an early lead when the Pima County results were released shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. Romero picked up 60.81 % of the vote. Republican Janet Wittenbraker received 31% of the vote, independent Ed Ackerly received 6.74%, and Libertarian Arthur Kerschen received 1.37%.

Regina Romero
Regina Romero
Regina Romero

2023 Maricopa County election results at a glance

In the race for Tucson City Council in Ward 1, Democratic incumbent Lane Santa Cruz garnered 62.7% of the first votes reported while Republican Victoria Lem received 37.29%

In the Ward 2 race, Democratic Incumbent Paul Cunningham received 64.36%, while Republican Ernie Shack received 31.95%, and Libertarian Pendleton Spicer picked up 3.7% of the votes cast.

Democratic incumbent Nikki Lee also was an early leader with 65.59 % of the vote over Republican challenger Ross Kaplowitch with 34.41% of the vote.

The vote for Proposition 413 appeared to pass with first votes reported, with a 50.36% to 49.64% margin. But more votes still need to be counted.

The vote to determine whether or not Vail will be incorporated as a town appeared to fail on a 60.06%-39.94% margin.

The initial indicated a 15.8% turnout with 95% of precincts reporting.

The budget override and bond elections for Tucson area school districts all appeared to be passing when the first results were released.

In Cochise County, the bond question for the Willcox Unified School District No. 13 was too close to call. It was leading when initial votes were released, but county officials said they have more votes to count.

Curt Pendergast, co-founder of the Substack Tucson Agenda, joined The Show to break down the results from Tucson.

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