By Zachary Stieber
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs saw her lead in the gubernatorial race over Republican Kari Lake drop again in the most recent update.
Hobbs’s lead of 19,382 narrowed to 17,249, according to unofficial results from the office of Hobbs, a Democrat, based on new reports from Maricopa County and other jurisdictions on Nov. 15.
Hobbs gained nearly 9,700 votes in the new tranche. Lake gained 11,829.
Hobbs now has 1.276 million. Lake now has 1.259 million.
Hobbs declared victory this week after media outlets, including the Associated Press, called the race for her. Lake has not conceded.
The margin between the candidates is just 0.6 percent, nearing recount territory. Under a new Arizona law, a recount is triggered if the margin is at or below 0.5 percent when all the votes are counted.
Some 27,545 uncounted ballots remain, according to the office of Hobbs. That estimate may not be reliable, though—the estimate was 28,033 before the latest count, but more than 20,000 votes were reported.
According to the estimate, ballots still need counting in 11 Arizona counties. Maricopa County, with 12,277, has the most uncounted ballots.
But according to the Maricopa County election website, all but 12,277 ballots that included gubernatorial votes have been counted.
Spokespersons for Hobbs and Maricopa County did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“I want to thank the voters of Arizona for entrusting me with this immense responsibility. It is truly the honor of a lifetime and I will do everything in my power to make you proud,” Hobbs said on Tuesday at what was described as a victory rally.
“For those Arizonans who didn’t vote for me, know that I will work just as hard for you,” she added later.
Lake, meanwhile, shared a post on Twitter from Floyd Brown, founder of the Western Journal.
“Spent hours last night working with Lake team on a continuing war for Arizona. She will not go quietly into the night. She intends to stand and fight,” Brown wrote.
“She knew when she entered this race that it would be tough. Her opponents lack her courage. She is fighting for us.”