Republicans retain lead though race tightens for Arizona Corporation Commission seats

Justin Olson, left, and Rodney Glassman./Steven Hsieh/Phoenix New Times

 

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman continued to lead the race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission on Thursday following new vote totals reported by the Secretary of State’s Office.

But Democrat Sandra Kennedy moved closer to Glassman in the race.

Glassman and Olson have led the race over Democrats Kennedy and Kiana Sears in preliminary results since Election Day and were the Associated Press’ projected winners Tuesday night.

Olson has a comfortable lead in the race and has thanked voters for keeping him in office. But with a narrow margin between Glassman and Kennedy for the second seat, Kennedy has not yet conceded.

The gap between Glassman and Kennedy narrowed after a 5 p.m. update Thursday. Glassman led Kennedy by about 6,500 votes after the update. Before the update, his lead was about 28,000 votes.

The Arizona Republicestimates there are about 460,000 ballots still to be counted as of 5 p.m. Thursday. About 350,000 of those are in Maricopa County.

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