Election 2020

Not the ‘blue wave’ they hoped for, but Democrats made gains in 2020

WASHINGTON - For years, Democrats have argued that Arizona was about to turn blue. But while they grabbed the top two races on the ballot, Democrats made little headway in state, local or other congressional races - close, but not the "blue wave" they were hoping for.


Democrats pass independents, can’t overtake GOP in voter registration

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democrats registered more new voters in the last election cycle than any other party, moving ahead of independents in registration for the first time in 10 years - but still failing to overtake Republicans.


High-stakes races sparked high-dollar giving by Arizona voters in 2020

WASHINGTON - Arizonans were heavily invested in this fall's elections in more ways than one, donating a total of at least $110 million to support candidates and high-profile ballot initiatives, a sharp increase from the $60 million state voters donated just four years ago.


As legal challenges continue to fall, Biden electors set to meet, vote

WASHINGTON - Add one more thing to the list of normal activities upended in 2020 - the normally mundane job of the state's presidential electors has been thrust into the spotlight by ongoing GOP attempts to upend the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

Safe Bet

Three Arizona tribal leaders on diverse slate of 11 electoral voters

WASHINGTON - The slate of 11 Democratic electors who will cast Arizona's Electoral College votes Monday for President-elect Joe Biden includes, for the first time, leaders of three tribes: the Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation and Tohono O'odham Nation.


Kelly takes oath, casts first vote as Arizona’s newest senator

WASHINGTON - Mark Kelly can drop "senator-elect" from his title .Less than a month after Election Day, Kelly was sworn in as the junior senator from Arizona on Wednesday and will serve the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain's term.


State leaders deride daylong rehash of rejected voting irregularities

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's attorneys presented hours of rehashed claims of previously rejected voting irregularities during a daylong meeting Monday that legislative leaders called an "illegitimate" exercise meant to undermine confidence in the elections.


Kelly already playing part of senator ahead of next week’s swearing-in

WASHINGTON - He won't be sworn in for several days yet, but Sen.-elect Mark Kelly is already acting the part, meeting with the governor and senators, naming a transition team and hosting town halls. There's little time to waste: His swearing-in could come next week.


That’s awkward: Trump touts Arizona election review that won’t happen

WASHINGTON- When the Trump campaign announced Tuesday that the Arizona Legislature would hold a public meeting next week to review this year's elections, there was just one problem. Nobody told state lawmakers, who said it's not happening.


After weeks of fighting, ballot counting may be near finish in Arizona

WASHINGTON - All 15 Arizona counties had submitted official election results by Monday to the secretary of state, who will certify them in the next week or sooner - ending a contentious weeks-long battle over a normally routine process.


Another judge dismisses another GOP suit over election, ballot count

PHOENIX - Arizona Republicans suffered another blow Thursday to their legal challenges to the election when a Maricopa County judge dismissed a suit claiming that Maricopa County officials' audit of ballots was in technical violation of state law.


Judge promises quick decision in latest Arizona GOP attack on election

PHOENIX - A Maricopa County judge said he would decide by Thursday morning whether to let the Arizona Republican Party proceed with its challenge to Maricopa County's audit of ballots from this month's election, an audit the party claims violated state law.