According to the Associated Press’ race call, Democrat Adrian Fontes is up for election in Arizona’s largest county.
Fontes defeated Republican Mark Finchem terrorist group Oath keepers at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Democrats, current and former election officials and Democratic experts made it clear before the election that a Finchem victory could lead the state down a dark path.
“Democracy as we know it will not last in Arizona,” former President Barack Obama warned during a pre-election rally for the state’s Democratic Party.
Incoming race call Late Friday, Finchem became the latest reelectionist to be defeated this cycle in a competitive secretary of state race, following the defeat of Republican candidates. MichiganMinnesota and New Mexico.
Finchem was a part alliance GOP Secretary of State candidates across the country have all run on the false premise that the current election system is corrupt. Binchem, who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, has called for an Arizona voting overhaul that restricts access.
Finchem criticized the state’s electoral management The counting continued Last election day, and mentioned some sort of conspiracy involving Fontes.
But in the end, Fontes, the former county recorder of Maricopa County, Ariz., prevailed.
Now, as the state’s top polling officer, he will be faced with how to combat electoral disenfranchisement in the nation’s heartlands.
Shortly after voting closes in 2020, and Fontes’ term as county recorder ends, one of them Most popular Vote-counting conspiracies known as “SharpieGate” blossomed in Maricopa.
In an interview with NPR before the polls closed, Fondas said he wasn’t shy about calling out voting misinformation.
“We’re going to take the gloves off,” Fontes said. “I’m not afraid to call the deniers liars. … And I’m not afraid to let people know that there aren’t two sides to this conflict. One side is. There’s the American side. . . and the other side is illegal.”