Although Arizona voters have yet to decide, the 1991 World Almanac and Book of Facts has declared Fife Symington the state's new governor.
After the Nov. 6 election votes were counted, neither Republican Symington nor his Democratic opponent, Terry Goddard, received a majority, and a runoff election was scheduled for Feb. 26.
"We go to press practically as soon as the results are in on Election Day night," said a spokeswoman for the almanac's publisher.
The almanac, calling them "preliminary" results, showed Symington with 519,558 votes to Goddard's 515,999. After all precincts were counted, official results showed Symington with 523,984 to Goddard's 519,691.
"They got it wrong, and they'll have to change it in February," Goddard said. "They'll have to buy a lot of Wite-Out."
Symington, who has referred to the runoff as a "reelection," said, "It's a good omen."
Meanwhile, the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a bid by Symington backers to scrap the runoff and declare Symington governor by default. The Symington supporters had argued that a constitutional amendment requiring the runoff was invalid because lawmakers had not passed legislation to implement it before last month's general election.
But four hours after oral arguments had concluded, Chief Justice Frank Gordon Jr. disposed of the petition. "Because the Legislature does not have the power to eliminate by inaction this constitutional requirement, we reject petitioner's contention," he wrote.
Symington, after initial hesitation, had come out against the lawsuit, saying he did not think avoiding a runoff would sit well with voters.