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Gov. Ducey declares victory for Prop. 123

Prop. 123 has a slim lead in Tuesday's special election (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Prop. 123 has a slim lead in Tuesday's special election (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Unofficial results for Prop. 123 as of 6 p.m. Thursday (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Unofficial results for Prop. 123 as of 6 p.m. Thursday (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Gov. Doug Ducey declared victory for Proposition 123 on Thursday.

“The votes have been counted and the result is clear. This is a huge victory for public education in Arizona," Ducey said in a statement. "After years of lawsuits and fighting, we are moving forward and funding our teachers, students and schools – instead of lawyers."

Elected officials said on Thursday they expected to finish counting all the ballots of Tuesday's special election by Friday at noon.

"I am pleased that Proposition 123's passage will mean more money for Arizona schools," Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in a statement. "While it will provide less money than I had initially requested as part of my AZ Kids Can't Wait! plan last September, I hope this vote serves as a first step as we work together to improve education in our state."

According to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, Prop. 123 has 518, 579 'yes' votes compared to 502, 638 'no' votes as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office said there are about 1,270+ provisional ballots and 15,400 early ballots left to count.

Tabulation will resume Friday morning.

Gov. Ducey is expected to speak about Prop. 123 at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Proposition 123 is a plan that would pump $3.5 billion in new money into the state's K-12 school system over 10 years using general fund and trust land cash.

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