Coyotes concede defeat after Tempe voters reject hockey arena deal

The Arizona Coyotes conceded defeat after voters in Tempe rejected their $2.1 billion development plan by a seemingly insurmountable margin after all early votes were tallied on Tuesday.

Maricopa County election officials said they counted some 29,153 ballots before Election Day. There weren’t enough same-day ballots left to count to overturn the losing margins.

Tuesday’s unofficial tally shows similar trends among the three ballots – Proposals 301, 302 and 303 – which all needed to receive a majority of “yes” votes for Project Coyotes to go ahead. Everyone was losing by a margin of 56% to 44%, except for Prop. 303, which lost 57% to 43%.

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