November 7, 2018 / Modified nov 7, 2018 11:38 a.m.

Ducey to Keep Governor's Seat Until 2022

The incumbent pulled ahead in the polls toward the end of the education-focused campaign.

Ducey Election eve Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at an event on the eve of the election, 2018. Behind him are Martha McSally and Jon Kyl. (PHOTO: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Governor

Candidate % Votes
Ducey, DougDucey, Doug REP 56.16% 1,284,401
Garcia, DavidGarcia, David DEM 41.71% 953,989
Torres, AngelTorres, Angel GRN 2.13% 48,712

The race for Arizona governor was clear early in the night. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will serve another four-year term.

Ducey was pulling ahead in the polls for a few weeks, but for a time, he and Democratic challenger David Garcia were in a closer race. They spent the campaign cycle debating education funding strategies and education's role in the state's economy.

But as election day neared, polls showed Ducey was on his way to a victory, which voters determined early on in the vote count last night. When he claimed victory, Ducey said he wants to do more work on education funding, economic development and public safety. Those issues were central to his first term and his re-election campaign.

Ducey helped shepherd a raise for Arizona's teachers earlier this year, and Garcia campaigned on more funding for schools and teachers, saying Ducey didn't go far enough. Ducey's second term will run through 2022.

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