Voters hit the polls for Midterms

A sign reading "Vote Here" is displayed outside Walkup Skydome Nov. 6.

The results are in and the voters have spoken.

In the extremely close race for retiring Senator Jeff Flake’s seat in the Senate, Republican candidate Martha McSally now behind of Democratic candidate Krysten Sinema by 0.51 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Some precincts are still counting mail-in ballots that were turned into poling places on election day and the results have yet to be finalized.

Incumbent Governor Doug Ducey won re-election against Democratic challenger David Garcia, with 57.8 percent of the vote.

"I am incredibly humbled by your support and grateful for the trust you've placed in me. I will never stop working for you. Together, we've achieved big things. Together, we will achieve even more," Ducey said in a tweet.

Democratic challenger January Contreras lost in her bid to beat incumbent Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich.

Arizona’s new secretary of state will be Republican candidate Steve Gaynor, who edged out Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs. Republican candidate Kimberly Yee will be the new state treasurer as Democratic candidate Mark Manoil lost the race for the position.

Closer to home, incumbent congressman Tom O’Halleran will continue serving U.S. House District 1 as it appears he has narrowly beaten Republican challenger Wendy Rogers.

Officially running un-opposed, incumbent mayor Coral Evans has 14,432 votes to continue holding office, however votes have not been counted for write-in challenger George Rivello. According to Rivello, it may take days for the final counts to be released as each vote needs to be hand counted.

The three new city council members taking over for Eva Putzova, Celia Barotz and Scott Overton will be Adam Shimoni, Austin Aslan and either Paul Deasy or Regina Salas. Deasy's lead over Salas had narrowed to 12 votes by early Wednesday morning.

As for the state initiatives on the ballot, Proposition 125 was approved by voters, allowing the state legislature to adjust pensions plans for corrections officers and elected state officials.

Proposition 126 has been approved, banning both the state and local governments from enacting new taxes on services ranging from pet grooming to real estate transactions.

The Renewable Energy Standards Initiative, or Proposition 127, was denied by voters. This means electric utility companies within the state will only have to have 15 percent of Arizona’s electricity coming from renewable resources by 2025, instead of the initiative’s goal of having 50 percent by 2030.

Voters decided to deny Proposition 305. The Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (EAS) Referendum would have expanded the ESA program as per SB 1431.

Due to the approval of Proposition 306, candidates within Arizona will now be prohibited from using their campaign’s public finance accounts to donate money to tax-exempt organizations that are involved in politics. Proposition 306, or the Clean Election Account Uses and Commission Rule-making Measure, which also will require the Citizens Clean Election Commission’s proposed rules for campaign finance to be approved by the governor’s regulatory review council.

As for the local initiatives, one Flagstaff locals had to decide on was Proposition 418, also known as the Sustainable Wages Act. Voters denied 418, meaning that proposition 414 passed in 2016 will remain in place. Minimum wage in flagstaff will rise to $15 per hour by 2020.

Proposition 417, a continuation of an existing property tax scheduled to end in 2019 that provided revenue for Coconino Community College was denied and the college will no longer receive extra funding from the tax as it will be allowed to expire.

Proposition 419 was approved, meaning existing 0.426 percent sales taxes that funded roadway, sidewalk and bike path improvements will be renewed in 2020 and last until 2041.

The other two transit initiatives, Propositions 420 and 421, are both still too close to call as of early Wednesday.

Flagstaff will see a 0.23 percent sales tax increase if Proposition 420 is passed. The sales tax will begin Jan. 1, 2019 and last until 2039, funding a bridge connecting East Historic Route 66 to South Lone Tree Road over the railroad tracks.

Public transit will receive more funding if Proposition 421 is approved by voters. The proposition will enact a 0.15 percent sales tax in 2019 lasting until 2030, with revenue going toward improvements designated in Flagstaff’s Capital Improvement Plan as well as extending bus routes, frequency and extending service hours.

Flagstaff voters chose not to create a $25 million dollar bond designated for affordable housing in the city as Proposition 422 did not pass.

Both Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) initiatives, Propositions 423 and 424, were approved by voters. 423 will allow for a $75 million loan to be taken via bond measure for FUSD capital projects and 424 will extend an existing property tax with revenue going towards FUSD.