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Arizona Attorney General Recount Results in Disappointing Loss for GOP Candidate

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The highly anticipated recount results are in for Arizona’s attorney general race.

Republican nominee Abraham Hamadeh has lost to Democrat Kris Mayes in one of the tightest races in Arizona history.

The initial tally had Mayes leading Hamadeh by 511 votes, though that margin tightened considerably during the recount. Mayes was certified the winner by 280 voters.

The Arizona Republic has more on Arizona’s other recounts:

Wins by state schools superintendent-elect Tom Horne, a Republican, over incumbent Democrat Kathy Hoffman and Liz Harris over fellow Republican Julie Willoughby in Legislative District 13 in the Southeast Valley also were affirmed in the recount.

Results were announced in a hearing before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason.

The race for state attorney general had the narrowest margin heading into the recount, with Democrat Mayes winning by a 511-vote margin, or 0.03 percentage points, over Trump-endorsed Republican Hamadeh in the initial tally.

The other two races were nowhere near as close but fell within the 0.5% percent margin that a new state law requires for an automatic recount.

Hamadeh’s attorneys are reportedly weighing their legal options.

Wednesday morning Hamadeh tweeted, “My team is filing a Motion for Stay to delay inauguration for the Office of Attorney General next week until we resolve all matters regarding the potential discrepancies in the recount and litigation.”

“We request [Attorney General Mark Brnovich] remain in office until all issues are resolved.”

Hamadeh further explained:

In November, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner dismissed an election lawsuit brought by state attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh and the Republican National Committee (RNC) that sought to challenge the state’s election results.

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