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Arizona midterm elections: 5 key takeaways from Tuesday


Arizona saw a higher-than-average turnout in Tuesday's midterm elections and a lot of enthusiasm from young voters, who formed a massive line at Arizona State University's polling place.

But Election Day also showed that Arizona is still a (mostly) red state, though there were signs that the Republican hold is loosening slightly. 

Here are five takeaways from Tuesday's results. 

1. 'Blue wave' was not a tsunami

At the national level, the House of Representatives was poised to turn over to Democratic control, ending one-party rule in Washington. 

But the election didn't see massive waves of Democrats elected. And in Arizona, Republicans still held the advantage in voter turnout, though some of those Republicans may have voted for Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema, who courted crossover votes.

Arizona Democrats appear to have gained ground in the state House, and perhaps the state Senate.

The U.S. Senate race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was still too close to call, as was the battle between superintendent of public instruction candidates Kathy Hoffman, the Democrat, and Frank Riggs, the Republican. 

But other statewide races tipped to Republicans, including governor, attorney general, Corporation Commission and mine inspector.

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