Democrat Katie Hobbs is projected to beat Republican Kari Lake in the tense race for Arizona's next governor, according to the Decision Desk HQ.
Hobbs is the secretary of state, as well as the former minority leader of the state Senate.
Candidate Kari Lake is an ex-news anchor on television who worked for Fox 10 Phoenix, whose unconventional campaign style was evident on everything that includes a young staff as well as her regular press events drew the attention of the entire nation.
The victory would certainly have been a major step towards her becoming one of the most well-known governors in the United States, and she was likely to become a part of the group that includes Florida governors. Ron DeSantis, Kristi Noem, and Glenn Youngkin in terms of their influence within the Republican Party. For instance, Lake vowed to declare an invasion of the southern border on the first day of her presidency.
In contrast, Hobbs ran a more modest campaign, yet she was highly competitive throughout the campaign. Hobbs focused her campaign on the issue of abortion and democracy, however, she also tried to be more moderate in her views on border security and taxes during the primary election. Hobbs did not engage in a debate with Lake or her main opponent, Marco Lopez.
The projection follows many days of counting ballots, with no clarity on the outcome of various races on and off the ballot. There are still votes to be counted, however the decision to make projections is based on current trends.
Hobbs is expected to succeed Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who has retired after serving as governor for eight years.