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Kate Gallego led by 19 points in the Phoenix mayor’s race. Why is there a runoff?

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By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic

Phoenix mayoral candidate Kate Gallego had a blowout 19-point lead in the November mayoral election — but it wasn’t enough for her to win the coveted position in the nation’s fifth-largest city.

Instead, Gallego and her closest competitor, Daniel Valenzuela, will compete in a runoff election March 12.

The Phoenix City Charter requires a candidate to receive 50 percent plus one vote to win an election outright — otherwise, the election heads to a runoff.

Gallego secured 45 percent of the vote, Valenzuela received 26 percent, Moses Sanchez received 19 percent and Nicholas Sarwark got 10 percent.

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