Tom Horne Leads Andrew Thomas by 1,073 Votes in State AG Race, with Only 54K Votes To Go

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Smilin' Tom -- leading Thomas by 1,073...

It's not looking good for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. As of the end of today's count of the remaining ballots, state Schools Superintendent Tom Horne had expanded his lead of about 400 votes from yesterday to 1,073. This, in the GOP nod for state Attorney General.

According to the Arizona Secretary of State, there are some 54,000 early and provisional ballots remaining to count, less than half of the total from yesterday. Should the same trend continue, by this time tomorrow, we may know if Horne has bested Thomas.

Asked if he thought he would prevail, Horne was optimistic.

"I've been feeling that way," he told me with a smile in his voice. "But I'm not declaring [victory]. I want to be suitably humble."

The bulk of the remaining ballots are in Maricopa County. County elections officials said they counted more than 57,000 ballots today, and have about 37,000 left to go.

A recount would only be triggered if the gap between the two men narrowed to less than 200 votes.

Should Horne prevail, as seems likely at this point, he'll be taking on Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the general election. By day's end, Rotellini lead her next closest competitor in the Democratic primary, state House majority leader David Lujan, by 3,203 votes.

Lujan conceded about an hour ago via his Twitter account.

The only thing that could be better than Andrew Thomas losing the GOP primary would be to see him disbarred, so he can no longer practice law. Wonder if he could be a paralegal for his old buddy Dennis Wilenchik? Hope Thomas knows how to type.

Correction, there would be one thing better than disbarment: To see him indicted by the federal grand jury looking into both Thomas and his fellow Sith Lord Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But before we get to visions of Thomas and Arpaio in pink underwear and matching handcuffs, we best await tomorrow's results, to see if Thomas finally goes to the mat, and stays there, where he belongs.

(For my account of Tom Horne's reversal of fortune on election night, check out that blog entry, here.)


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Dave in Golden Valley
Dave in Golden Valley

Did you do any report on the rant Candy gave to the media? He flat out said there is some sort of conspiracy afoot to deny him this nomination, primarily by the Federal Justice Department. Actually it is a conspiracy, a conspiracy by the voters to get rid of a complete moron. One down, so many to go, starting with Pie hole. Gee, Andy, maybe Hillary conspired with the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Masons to bury votes you got on the Grassy Knoll.

Mathisbest
Mathisbest

I don't know. The votes to still be counted are in Maricopa County, which is a county going for Thomas.

Wuestenfuchs
Wuestenfuchs

Manure Spreaders of the World Unite, that seems to be your slogan.

If Horne should win which may very well happen, and even become attorney general a lot ofcriminal activity will be swept under the rug, just to get along.

The reason Rick Romley didn’t win was simply because he looked like the guy who was to save the hide of Wilcox and Stapley. Everyone knows that there are not exactly innocent

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

What is it you think they did? A Grand Jury dropped it due to lack of evidence. Judges from other Counties have dismissed it. What is it they are guilty of?

Is doing the job you were elected to do as County Supervisors now officially illegal in Maricopa County if you try to control the Sheriff's budget?

I guess it's a new Law. Perhaps a good old fashioned hanging is in order?

mark
mark

Excuse me, but what evidence do you have that any crime was committed besides the fact that Andrew Thomas said so? If everyone "knows" that a crime was committed, then someone should at least be able to point to some solid evidence of their guilt.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Any video on-line of Thomas's victory speech? Id like to grab a copy.

ferlum
ferlum

Who do you think Thomas will sue when he loses? I can't imagine he'll take the loss graciously.

Although I hope his imminent loss will be the end of his pathetic political career, I find it quite disturbing that the race is this close -- especially in Maricopa county, where the details of his ineptitude and corruption are readily available. Really makes you wonder about the dumbfounded dipshits that live in this state.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. Lemons, I fully expect thomas to follow the lead of the other goober, JD, and not even bother to congratulate Mr. Horne.

This will bode well for Felicia Rotellini, however. Having met Felicia I can tell you she is a very impressive person. I will be interested to see how Mr. Horne's experiences will compare with Felicia's. The intriguing thing about Felicia is she is an experienced prosecutor who had great successes working for the state Attorney General. Imagine that, a real prosecutor being elected as Attorney General.

I am going to enjoy the next couple months.

Stacy
Stacy

Fat chance Horne will be getting support from Thomas. I thought it was funny that Thomas declared victory on Tues night. Just like his indictments.. with out evidence.

Coz
Coz

Thomas belongs in jail, never mind as AG

Alehound
Alehound

Um, dude, yer on de list now.

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