PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Steve Gaynor, the Republican Party candidate for Arizona's Secretary of State, conceded tha race Friday night.
On an unverified Twitter page that reportedly belongs to Gaynor, the GOP candidate said he called Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs to congratulate her on her victory.
Tonight I called @KatieHobbs to congratulate her on winning the race for AZ Secretary of State. It was an honor to be the Republican nominee. Many thanks to everyone who supported my campaign. Best of luck to Katie.— Steve Gaynor (@realSteveGaynor) November 17, 2018
Hobbs also released a statement to declare victory. The statement was posted to Twitter, on an unverified account that purportedly belongs to a Hobbs campaign official.
In the statement, Hobbs thanked her supporters, volunteer, staff, and Arizona voters.
"As Secretary of State, I will work to ensure that every eligible voter -- Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green, Libertarian - can cast your ballot with the confidence that your vote counts and your voice matters, and do so in a way that is meaningful and convenient for you," Hobbs wrote, in the statement.
Hobbs will replace Michele Reagan, who was defeated by Gaynor in the GOP primary for the position. According to the latest numbers from the Arizona Secretary of State's office, Hobbs has a 15,025 vote lead over Gaynor, receiving 1,142,149 votes.
The Associated Press initially projected Gaynor as the winner, but later retracted its projection, and said the wire service will not call a winner until results are certified
As of Friday evening, Hobbs, along with Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Kathy Hoffman and Corporations Commission candidate Sandra Kennedy, are the only three Democratic statewide office candidates to be ahead in votes.
The Associated Press has projected Hoffman to win her race, but has yet to project a winner in Kennedy's race, where top two vote-getters will be deemed elected.
Under Arizona's constitution, an elected Secretary of State will take over as Governor, in the event of the Governor's death, resignation, removal from office, or permanent disability to discharge the duties of the office.
In Arizona's history, a number of Secretaries of State -- Dan Garvey, Wesley Bolin, Rose Mofford, Jane Hull, and Jan Brewer -- have taken over as Governor, for a number of reasons. Most recently, Brewer took over as Governor, after then-Governor Janet Napolitano was appointed Homeland Secretary Secretary by former President Barack Obama.