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Automatic recounts likely in Arizona AG and school superintendent races

Kris Mayes Abe Hamadeh
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Democrat Kris Mayes (left) and Republican Abe Hamadeh are vying for Arizona attorney general.

As the final ballots continue to be counted in Arizona, Democrat Kris Mayes leads her Republican opponent Abe Hamadeh by a razor-thin margin for state attorney general.

An automatic recount is likely after the remaining statewide ballots are tabulated.

Another race likely to be recounted is the contest for state school superintendent. Republican Tom Horne currently leads Democrat Kathy Hoffman by a very slim margin out of more than 2.5 million votes cast in Arizona's midterm election.

A bipartisan Arizona law was passed after the 2020 election in which President Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by about 10,500 votes lowering the margin for an automatic recount less than half-a-percent.