Both sides of the aisle remained cautiously optimistic in Arizona as first election results came in Tuesday night.

At the Legislative District 18 GOP party in Tempe, incumbent candidates Jeff Dial, Bob Robson and Sen. John McComish all held a small but comfortable lead over their opponents.

McComish had 54.27 percent of the votes compared to Janie Hydrick’s 45.56 percent.

Dial had 26.76 percent of the votes while Robson had 25.76 percent. Democrat Darin Fisher was about 5,000 votes behind with 21.21 percent of the vote. Corey Harris had 21.85 percent and Brent Fine had 4.35 percent.

Downtown at the Democratic celebration the crowd cheered loudly as it was announced that President Barack Obama was projected to win a second term but remained hesitant to declare a winner in the Parker-Sinema race for Congressional District 9. On Wednesday morning Kyrsten Sinema was ahead by only 1 percent with 76,967 votes compared to Vernon Parker’s 74,866.

Jeff Flake came out ahead of Democrat Richard Carmona in the race for U.S. Senate. Flake had 50.42 percent of the votes compared to Carmona’s 45.22 percent.


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