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Kathy Hoffman Wins Arizona Schools’ Chief Race

A Democrat will be Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction for the first time since 1995.

The latest vote tallies showed Monday that Democrat Kathy Hoffman has a 54,000-vote lead over Republican Frank Riggs in the race to be the state’s top education official.

With Monday’s results, there are only about 175,000 votes left to be counted, most of those from Maricopa County. And the latest vote tallies from the state’s largest counties have been breaking heavily in Hoffman’s favor.

Hoffman, a speech therapist for the Peoria Unified School District who was running on the wave of the #RedforEd movement, will assume control of the Department of Education from Republican Diane Douglas. Douglas was defeated by Riggs, a former California congressman, in a five-way Republican primary.