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Sweet, who owns and operates the downtown shop Rainbow’s End, had 17% of the vote, as did McCarthy. Meanwhile, Garcia, who grew up in Flagstaff and chairs the city’s Beautification Commission, received 16.9% of the vote as of 10 p.m.
As results continued to pour in, Sweet, McCarthy and Garcia were all within only a few dozen votes of each other.
That left Eric Nolan, who currently sits on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, with just 14% of the vote and professional trail runner Eric Senseman with 11% of the vote.
One thing that is clear is the 2020 election will rival the past record-breaking years for participation.
Even before Election Day, the county had seen 58.7% of registered voters cast more than 53,200 ballots. That number of early ballots alone comes close to meeting the total number of ballots cast in 2016.
By noon on Election Day, more than 6,000 more voters had turned out to polling places with votes coming in at an average rate of 1,000 an hour. By 4:30 p.m. voters were still voting at about the same rate, with 10,155 in-person votes cast.
On top of those voting in-person, a yet undetermined number of voters may have also cast early ballots through drop boxes on Election Day. And with more than 18,000 early ballots yet to be turned in as of Monday evening, those could represent a significant number of ballots.