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AZ Governor Race: Doug Ducey defeats David Garcia

The race was called by NBC News at 8:06 p.m.

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey has defeated David Garcia to continue to serve as Arizona's governor, NBC News reported at 8:06 p.m. Tuesday. 

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Arizona is one of the 36 states holding an election for governor today. Current Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, looks to  win another term and is facing Democrat David Garcia.

Gov. Ducey was elected as Arizona's governor in 2014. Part of his original campaign was about how he could improve the economy with his background as a businessman.

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David Garcia is a professor at Arizona State University who ran for superintendent in 2014 and was defeated by Diane Douglas. If elected, Garcia would be the first Latino to serve as governor in the last four decades.

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In mid-October, reports came out of Gov. Ducey's campaign outspending Garcia's at an enormous rate.

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Gov. Ducey has been in control throughout the race in terms of poll numbers and the latest Emerson poll from Monday showed he had a 15-point lead over Garcia. 

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Angel Torres is running on the Green Party ticket.

We will be updating this story with live race results as votes are counted throughout the night.

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