Andrew Thomas Not Conceding; Vows to Support Tom Horne Should He Win Primary

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As of early this morning, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne was clinging to a 373-vote lead over former Maricopa County Attorney Tom Horne in the GOP primary for attorney general.

The shocking results came late last night after Horne appeared to have lost the race -- at one point trailing Thomas by about 9,000 votes.

With the majority of precincts reporting, Thomas is refusing to concede and says there are still votes to be counted.


In a statement provided to New Times, the former county attorney says the following: 

"The time for debating and tough words in the Republican Primary is over.  The time for vote counting is upon us. I appreciated Tom Horne's words earlier in the campaign and just last night when things were not looking his way that he would support me were I to be the nominee.  Likewise, if Tom prevails I don't want there to be any doubt that I will support him against the Democrat. Let's see where the vote counting takes us knowing that in the end the Republican Party will offer a nominee that is vastly better than a Democrat counterpart who opposes Senate Bill 1070 and who refuses to challenge ObamaCare by joining other Attorneys General across the U.S."

We spoke this morning with Thomas' attorney, Barnett Lotstein, who says the statement isn't intended to suggest there are any discrepancies in the numbers, just a reminder that not all the votes have been counted -- he cites precincts in Maricopa and Pima counties that have not yet reported.

Lotstein says no Florida-style recount is in the works but if -- when all precincts report -- the race is within 200 votes an automatic recount will take place.

It should come as no comfort to Thomas that the precincts that have not yet reported are in counties where Thomas watched his 9,000-vote lead evaporate last night.
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happyagain
happyagain

It is a great day now that Thomas has been stopped in his tracks...he is a dangerous man and everybody knows it even his own political hacks..his reign of terror is over and the universe once again makes sense....now all we need is his boyfriend Arpaio to leave or be thrown out of office..the most dangerous people to the public are dishonest immoral law enforcement people...

Beaters
Beaters

It would be really funny if Thomas won and then got indicted shortly. To see him go down on a fed rap while representing the Republican Party would be priceless.

former republican
former republican

in a state with zero tolerance policies it's stunning that thomas and arpaio and their enablers haven't been indicted, but then they consider themselves about the law. good riddance to all of them.

former republican
former republican

In a state with zero tolerance policies, it's stunning that thomas, arpaio and their enablers haven't been indicted long ago.. but then they consider themselves ABOVE the law. Good riddance to ALL of them... what goes around comes around.

NOBAMA
NOBAMA

We need Thomas in there... the only reason he is under investigation is because of liberalism and pro-amnesty idiots that figure if they can't beat him at the polls, then sue him. He is the true conservative, not Horne. Horne is not as tough on illegals and is pro-abortion. Horne is a RINO!! But thank God Romley is out...

former republican
former republican

nobama, It has nothing to do with liberalism and pro-amnesty but about arrogance that leads to abuse of power which impacts ALL people. Thomas has done it to himself. Narcissists do that all the time.

Fppa
Fppa

It is a sad day for Arizona if Horne wins!

Concerned American
Concerned American

wrong. It's time to put an end to thomas reign of terror on the county and state.

Armageddon 2020
Armageddon 2020

Like his law school classmate, the current POTUS, Thomas has his eyes on the Oval Office. The AG's office is a stepping stone to the Governor's office...and then it is a race for the WH in 2020 (beginning in 2017 or so he would test the waters). If you like Maricopa County justice, think of what a President Thomas' U.S. Department of Justice will do for/to you.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Just curious, why is that? How can Horne make it much sadder than what thomas has the potential to do?

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