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Polls close without exit poll-based call in governor’s race

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PHOENIX – Polls have closed in Arizona, but so far no major news outlet has called the Arizona governor’s race based on exit poll data.

The silence suggests the race between Republican Doug Ducey and Fred DuVal is close enough that news organizations using exit polls want to see how the returns come in. Those won’t be available until after 8 p.m.

A Wall Street Journal article on Monday said the race has become close despite Ducey’s big edge in spending. Ducey, the state treasurer and a former executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery, has spent a lot of millions of dollars of his own money in the race.

Ducey held a 47 percent to 42 percent lead over DuVal, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll cited by the Journal. However, 7 percent of voters were still undecided, the Journal reported.

The winner of the gubernatorial race will replace Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.