Adrian Fontes

Abe Hamadeh and Kris Mayes separated by just 143 votes in attorney general race

BY: - November 17, 2022

Republican Abe Hamadeh, who trails by dozens of votes in the race for attorney general, is the only candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump in a statewide contest that still had a chance to come out ahead.  Fellow Trump-endorsed Republicans Kari Lake and Mark Finchem have refused to concede in races for governor and […]

MAGA fails in Arizona for the third straight election

BY: - November 16, 2022

The historically good results for Arizona Democrats at the polls this month are the third cycle in a row that MAGA has faltered at the ballot box, and political observers say it should be a clarion call to Republicans that Trumpism is a loser in the Grand Canyon State.  But operatives in both parties say […]

Mark Kelly, Adrian Fontes declared winners as Democrats bolster their leads

BY: - November 11, 2022

Despite predictions from Republicans that Friday’s vote tallies would favor their candidates not only didn’t come to fruition, but the opposite happened: Democrats made solid gains across the board and clinched two high-profile races. U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and Democratic secretary of state candidate Adrian Fontes were both declared winners by the Associated Press following […]

Democrats expand their leads in Arizona races

BY: - November 10, 2022

After tens of thousands more votes were added to the tally Thursday in Arizona’s midterm election, Democratic candidates for statewide office increased their leads over their Republican opponents.  But results were far from final with more than 570,000 ballots in Arizona left to be counted, including some 330,000 uncounted ballots in Maricopa County. Republicans are […]

Why Arizona’s ballot count takes longer than Florida’s

BY: - November 10, 2022

Why can’t Arizona be more like Florida? In the last few days, this has become a common refrain. “How come Florida w/ population of 22 million can get same day election results and Arizona w/ population of 7 million can’t?” Greta Van Susteren tweeted Thursday. Florida had posted the vast majority of election results by […]

Arizona Republicans slash Democratic leads, say they expect to win

BY: - November 9, 2022

As more votes were tallied Wednesday, Republican candidates in Arizona began to catch up to their Democratic opponents who took early leads, but full results won’t be available for several days, at the earliest.  And with the eyes of the nation on the Grand Canyon State, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs went from a 14-point […]

Arizona Democrats surged to large leads. Now, they wait to see if their advantage holds.

BY: , and - November 8, 2022

With Republicans expected to show up at the polls in person in droves on Election Day, Democrats knew they would need a large advantage among early voters to have a chance at winning hotly contested statewide races. And with all of those early ballots counted, they had bigger than expected leads in many of those […]

Mark Finchem

Mark Finchem has raised nearly $10,000 from Oath Keepers

BY: - October 31, 2022

Mark Finchem has received nearly $10,000 in donations from people linked to the far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers, according to an Arizona Mirror analysis.  The Mirror compared campaign finance records for Finchem’s campaign for secretary of state with names in a leaked database of Oath Keepers members that was published by the journalism collective […]

Mark Finchem has found more campaign support from outside Arizona than any other candidate

BY: and - October 24, 2022

Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for secretary of state, has been a minor player in Arizona politics since becoming a state legislator in 2015. But in the past two years, he’s built a national profile as one of the most ardent backers of baseless claims that the 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud — […]

Finchem asks TV stations to pull an ad saying he ‘helped organize’ the Jan. 6 protest that ended in violence

BY: - October 20, 2022

Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for secretary of state, sent a cease-and-desist letter this week to Arizona television stations demanding that they stop airing an ad from his opponent that accuses him of organizing the Jan. 6 riot.  The ad, paid for by the Arizona Democratic Party and authorized by Finchem’s opponent, former Maricopa County […]

GOP lawmaker backs Adrian Fontes over Mark Finchem to lead AZ elections

BY: - September 29, 2022

A GOP legislator on Thursday endorsed Adrian Fontes, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state, over a member of his own caucus who has built his campaign on false and evidence-free claims that the 2020 election was rigged against Donald Trump.  “Most people are closer to the middle than they are to the extremes,” Republican […]

Mark Finchem’s fealty to the ‘Big Lie’ was center stage in debate with Adrian Fontes

BY: - September 23, 2022

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state who has built his campaign on baseless claims the 2020 election was marred by fraud, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night.  His Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes, said voters will have to make the choice between “laws and lies.”  Fontes, […]