Doug Ducey wins reelection in Arizona governor race

Doug Ducey wins reelection in Arizona governor race
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) won reelection on Tuesday, edging out Democrat David Garcia to secure a second term.

Ducey entered the national spotlight earlier this year when hundreds of public schools were closed for four days as a result of a statewide teachers strike. Ducey was later tasked with naming a replacement for the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship Cindy McCain takes aim at Trump: We need a strong leader, 'not a negative Nancy' McCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain MORE (R-Ariz.), ultimately picking Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

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Ducey had earned the endorsement of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE, who carried the state by roughly 85,000 votes in the 2016 election.

Garcia, an education policy expert who teaches at Arizona State University, was backed by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Pipeline paralysis: The left’s latest fossil fuel obstruction tactic Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation MORE, among others.

Republicans have now won six of the last eight gubernatorial elections, with Janet Napolitano (D) the lone Democrat to serve in the governor's mansion since the beginning of the 1990s.