Adrian Fontes is projected to beat Mark Finchem, who led efforts to overturn the 2020 election and suggested he wouldn't certify a Democratic win in 2024.
As election officials continue counting ballots, Republicans are implying there's a plot against them.
Even as local GOP officials said all votes would be counted, politicians were quick to allege an election fraud conspiracy.
Mark Finchem, a Trump-endorsed GOP nominee for Arizona secretary of state, said he did "not care for mail-in voting" in September.
Finchem sought to overturn the 2020 election and was outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. Now he's a step away from running elections in a key swing state.
Right-wing candidates are making the “big lie” about the 2020 election the focus of 2022 races.
The Republican State Leadership Committee has yet to denounce state Rep. Mark Finchem’s comments.