PHOENIX — Several races were called on election night, but Arizonans were still waiting with bated breath to hear the results of the GOP's primary race for governor on Wednesday night.
Here's a look back at Wednesday, the second day of vote counting in Arizona's primary election.
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10 p.m. The hand count audit is officially underway! Today the Maricopa County Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian party chairs drew the races and ballots that hand count audit boards will review Saturday. This is an important check on election results.
8:15 p.m.: Pinal County leaders say changes are on the way after ballot supply problems potentially impacted hundreds of voters.
8 p.m. Incumbent Rachel Mitchell has won the Republican primary election for Maricopa County Attorney, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department website.
7:30 p.m. Maricopa County dropped about 9,000 ballots at 7 pm. These were early ballots that arrived Monday. Kari Lake still holds a slim lead over Karrin Taylor Robson.
7:02 p.m. - Unofficial results are updated in Maricopa County and 715,949 ballots have been counted.
6 p.m.: Arizona candidate for Secretary of State Beau Lane sends a heartfelt message thanking his supporters.
3:15 p.m.: Maricopa County says 122K votes were submitted Tuesday and officials are now working to verify each signature. Updates are expected at 7 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - The Associated Press has called the Republican primary in favor of Abraham Hamadeh for attorney general, and Eli Crane for Arizona's 2nd Congressional district.
Republican voters had six candidates to pick from on their primary ballot for attorney general this year and Hamadeh appears to have defeated their competitors to have a chance to go up against Democrat Kris Mayes in the general election.
Whoever wins in November's general election will replace outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
Meanwhile, seven GOP candidates were listed on the ballot for Tuesday's primary race and Crane was ahead by more than 7,000 votes by the end of election night. The Associated Press called the election in Crane's favor by Wednesday morning.
You can find our full coverage on these races here:
11:23 a.m. - Jim Lamon has given a statement about his defeat in the Republican primary election.
“Yesterday the voters of Arizona spoke, though I wish the result had been different, I am grateful to Arizonans for welcoming me into their homes and businesses. I am thankful to our God for giving me the ability to run; I am proud of our staff and volunteers who worked for our noble cause," Lamon said.
Lamon encouraged Arizonans to "rally around [Blake Masters] in the effort to beat Mark Kelly."
11:17 a.m. - Associated Press: Eli Crane wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.
10:37 a.m. - The Associated Press has officially called the race for the 1st District Republican primary in favor of David Schweikert.
Earlier this year, Schweikert was fined $125,000 by the Federal Elections Commission for misreporting spending and diverting some campaign funds for personal use.
You can find our full coverage of that race here:
10:30 a.m. - Kelly Townsend has conceded the race for the 7th District Republican primary. According to the Secretary of State website, Rogers had pulled ahead with an 18 percent lead over Townsend.
Townsend made the announcement on Twitter, and the Associated Press later called the race in favor of Rogers.
You can find our full coverage of that race here:
7:30 a.m. - Two state senators and far-right conspiracy theorists were pitted against each other during Arizona's Primary Day due to redistricting.
State Senator Wendy Rogers appears to lead the 7th District Primary against State Senator Kelly Townsend, 59% of votes to 41% respectively. The race hasn't officially been called for either candidate.
Both are major supporters of former President Donald Trump and have embraced his unfounded claims that he lost in Arizona due to voter fraud. But Rogers has the president's endorsement for reelection, which Townsend was hoping to secure.
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6:20 a.m. - Races have already been called for several candidates.
You can find our coverage here:
- Mark Finchem expected to win Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state
- Katie Hobbs projected to win Democratic primary for Arizona governor
- Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who spoke out against Arizona's 'audit,' loses state Senate bid
- Blake Masters will be Republican choice to face-off with Mark Kelly over Arizona's Senate seat, projections show
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