Arizona Primary Recap: Doug Ducey In, Tom Horne and John Huppenthal Out

Categories: Election 2014

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Matthew Hendley
State Treasurer Doug Ducey, the Republican nominee for Arizona governor.
State Treasurer Doug Ducey cruised to an easy win Tuesday night for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor and will take on Democrat Fred DuVal in November.

The results were not so good for another pair of Republicans in state government -- scandal-plagued Attorney General Tom Horne lost his primary to former Arizona Department of Gaming director Mark Brnovich. John Huppenthal, the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction who was caught up in a scandal of his own this year, lost big to primary challenger Diane Douglas.

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Although 100 percent of the votes still haven't been counted by this morning, 1,519 of the state's 1,566 have been counted, making the results for these primary races in state government clear.

As for Ducey's win, early polls certainly showed Ducey with a lead, but there was never an indication that he had such a commanding lead. Ducey took in more than 37 percent of the votes with second-place finisher Scott Smith, the former mayor of Mesa, who racked up 22 percent of the vote. Former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones lagged behind at less than 17 percent.

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Ducey's opponent come November, Democrat Fred DuVal, ran unopposed in his primary race.

"I want to congratulate Fred on his big win," Ducey said in his victory speech. "We know this guy is simply unstoppable, as long as he doesn't have an opponent."

In the AG's race, Brnovich jumped out to a big enough lead early Tuesday night that he was able to claim victory before the night's end. Horne, however, refused to concede to Brnovich.

Horne apparently believes he can still make up a 24,000-vote gap with just 47 voting precincts left to county. Though that's incredibly unlikely, if not mathematically impossible.

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Brnovich will face Democrat Felecia Rotellini, who was unopposed in her primary race, and narrowly lost the general election race for AG to Horne in 2010.

The other big loser last night was Superintendent Huppenthal, who lost big-time to Republican challenger Diane Douglas.

The race for superintendent isn't often a race that commands a lot of public attention, but it did this time, in the wake of people discovering Huppenthal's bizarre anonymous blog comments.

However, Huppenthal told New Times Tuesday night he didn't think the blog posts were the reason for his loss.

Huppenthal's challenger, Diane Douglas, is up by about 15 percentage points.

Douglas will face Democrat David Garcia, who won the only contested Democratic primary for a statewide elected office. Garcia defeated Sharon Thomas by what's currently a margin of about 17,000 votes.

The other three statewide offices (well, there's always state mine inspector, but the current one's running completely unopposed) are the Treasurer's office, being vacated by Ducey; the Secretary of State's Office, being vacated by Ken Bennett, who ran for governor; and the Corporation Commission.

Jeff DeWit won a three-way Republican primary for Treasurer, beating out former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and former Arizona Republican Party chairman Randy Pullen. The Democrats didn't field a candidate for Treasurer.

Michele Reagan won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State, beating out Justin Pierce and Wil Cardon. Reagan will face former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry Goddard, who was unopposed in his primary.

Doug Little and Tom Forese won the four-way Republican primary for spots on the Corporation Commission, and the Dems' two candidates, Jim Holway and Sandra Kennedy, were unopposed.

Ray Stern, Stephen Lemons, Ashley Cusick, and Monica Alonzo contributed to this post.

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DNichols
DNichols

Time to dump a ducey.


This Ass Clown is yet another Arpaio racist "Butt Weasel".

Ry Gavin
Ry Gavin

Half hour after Ducey pledged to run a positive campaign, even. Fastest liar in the west!

Jukes
Jukes

Stay off the highways this weekend!  Multiple DUI-candidate Christine Jones just figured out how much each one of those 68,021 votes cost her and she's going to have some big sorrows to drown. 

Jona Henry
Jona Henry

Straight blue in Nov- good candidates; DuVal, Goddard, Garcia, Rotellini-

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Ain't America Great ??


Arizona gun range instructor accidentally shot dead showing girl, 9, how to fire Uzi: 

Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head after the weapon recoiled during a tutorial Monday morning at the Arizona Last Stop gun range in White Hills, near the Nevada border. Apparent video of the shooting, filmed by the girl's parents, shows her learning how to handle to weapon before the accident.



Guns don't kill people, idiot parents who let their 9-year-old children fire full-auto UZI's kill people!!



Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


Lock and Load, Baby!


Next up -- Claymore Class for Kids! -- Click, Click, BOOOOM!

Richard Dickson
Richard Dickson

I voted for Fred DuVal, the only choice for governor of Arizona.

Brian Embree
Brian Embree

I'm a registered Libertarian, but I heard Duval talking today and I think he sounds good. "Sounds" being the keyword. Politicians are notorious for saying anything to get in. But I liked the fact that he totally didn't play on partisan points and kept stressing that to get anything done is going to be a group effort, not partisan games.

Kyo Ono
Kyo Ono

Soooo I was gonna vote but looks like its too late \U0001f61c

Curtis Wilburn
Curtis Wilburn

Horne & Huppenthal gone. Next, eliminate Ducey and Arizona will be on its way back to normalcy.

Todd Higgins
Todd Higgins

At least Arizona is UP FRONT...our politicians are FLAKES AND DOUCHES who pledge allegiance to the dollar of the divided states of America and to the corporations for which it stands one nation totally divided with inequality and injustice for all where law enforcement serves fines and protects corporations where people vote for a Harvard law school graduate then get shocked when he lies what do you think they teach there how to tell the truth rotflmfao the truth is relative it depends on who's truth is being told IGNORANCE greed and self entitlement are society's cancers.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

They're already running anti Duval commercials. They must be scared shitless.

salmo60
salmo60

Andy Thomas' sycophant, Rachael Alexander, claimed in her blog the independents will vote overwhelmingly for her friend Andy Thomas and he will be AZ's next Governor. So sorry Rachael, no one voted "overwhelmingly" for the very odd, Andy Thomas.

marcy
marcy

It's good to see that worthless piece of trash Horney given the boot, though it is sad nearly 1/2 the GOP voters thought he was worth their vote.


I'm sure he and Huppenthal will be running for another office or getting appointed to some public commission because they couldn't get a job in the private sector if their lives depended on it.  Just like Rusty Pierce, the only thing they know how to do is get a public paycheck.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO what do you call someone who has been defeated 4 times?

Candy Andy Thomas!

>>he lost to Terry Goddard in 2002.

>>he lost to Tom Horne in 2010.

>>he lost his law license for 5 years in 2012.

>>he lost his bid for governor in 2014.

I hope DuVal wins, with Rotellini as AG.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... better chance of getting a Zebra to change his stripes.

Jukes
Jukes

According to the East Valley Tribune, Jones spent $5.6 million, most of it her own money, on that campaign.  My calculator says that's about $82.32 per vote.  Hell, she should have just offered each voter $50.  She might have won for a lot less.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Very sad stuff. In my opinion there is no reason for a child to be shooting a gun. Maybe at 14, in a controlled training environment with a single shot .22 caliber long rifle. Many mistakes were made that resulted in the early death of this guy. I'm fairly certain the girl won't feel an immediate need to shoot a gun again. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brian Embree "I'm a registered Libertarian"


Sorry to hear that. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... now clean up those damn election signs!!


Keep Arizona deserty!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@salmo60 I'm registered Independent and apparently didn't get the memo from Rachel to vote for Andy. I voted for Scott Smith. His voice was much more a voice of reason. Ducey seems to be Mrs. Brewer in drag. Not a pretty thing. 

marcy
marcy

@salmo60


Rachel might be on medication, no other explanation for such a crazy claim.  Or maybe Andy whacked her over the head too many times with his crazy man hunk of lumber.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Lol don't you mean Andy Thomas' mistress Rachel Alexander salmo?

Hock
Hock

@marcy I think many voted for Horne to give Rotellini a better shot.  I hope that's the reason anyone would vote for Horne.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@TommyCollins @DonkeyHotay This kid will be injured for life after killing someone, yet the real idiots here are her parents that signed off on this and the "instructor" that screwed up so badly he's now dead....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TommyCollins "In my opinion there is no reason for a child to be shooting a gun."


Anti-gun Constitution-hating Liberal!


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


And stinky the donkey boy is a head-in-the-ass communist.


(Not to mention a worthless piece of shit.)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@marcy @salmo60 She might be on medication, but does that include shampoo, so she can lose the oily hair?  


Will she use some of her medication on the cat she can't afford to take to the vet, without pimping for money on the "IncompetentClueless" site she hosts?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO Rachel thinks I'm the reincarnation of a dead musician Marcy. (I've heard she thinks I'm Jim Morrison from the Doors.)

Haha I wish I looked like Jim.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Hock I will agree with Hock. I voted for Horne, hoping Rotellini would get a chance to mop the floor with him. She will be our next state attorney general. Even the state Republicans don't want another Republican in that office.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hopefully he has to reimburse taxpayers for that WK.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Nope - he took the clean elections money.  He can use what's left to buy another 2x4....

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