Tom Horne Refuses to Concede as Mark Brnovich Declares Victory in AG Race (w/Updates: Horne Finally Concedes at 11:47 a.m.)

Mark Brnovich, claiming victory Tuesday night in the Arizona GOP primary for AG

Please see updates and Horne's concession statement at the end of this post.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne stubbornly refused to concede as his Republican primary foil, former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, did a victory lap Tuesday night at the Hyatt in downtown Phoenix, where GOPers gathered to watch returns roll in.

Brnovich opened up an early lead against incumbent Horne after the polls closed and never let go as the evening wore on.

By early today, with 1,519 of 1,566 precincts reporting statewide, Brnovich was besting Horne by six percentage points, 53 percent to 47 percent, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's website.

Though Horne did well in Pima County, he was overwhelmed in vote-rich Maricopa County, losing to Brnovich by 10 fat percentage points.

Brnovich's people had told me earlier in the evening that if their man was up by six points or more in Maricopa County, Brnovich would take the race.

Watching the returns in the Hyatt's ballroom, GOP consultant Nathan Sproul declared Horne dead in the water as the early ballots were reported, and Brnovich put space between himself and the AG.

Governor Jan Brewer, who had endorsed Brnovich against scandal magnet Horne, announced Brnovich as part of the GOP's team of statewide nominees, including Michele Reagan for Secretary of State and former ice cream peddler Doug Ducey for governor.

Brnovich took the stage with the other winners and spoke after Reagan and Ducey, thanking Brewer and his wife, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich, for their support.

The wannabe AG will face off in the general election against Democrat Felecia Rotellini, who did not have a primary opponent.

Rotellini enters the general election with a thick campaign wallet (around $1 million) and beaucoup name recognition from her 2010 run against Horne in the general, where she was bested by a mere 60,000 votes.

Horne seemed to be holding out for a grueling, vote-for-vote battle like his legendary donnybrook with now-disbarred, ex-county attorney Andrew Thomas in the 2010 Republican primary.

But Horne should can that pipe dream. He's out of cash, facing a possible $1.2 million fine in the campaign-finance case against him, investigations by multiple agencies, and the serious possibility that he could be indicted before leaving office by a state grand jury.

I'll have more to say on Horne's downfall later. Suffice it to say that it is entirely of Horne's making.

Update August 27, 2014, 10:45 a.m.

You know the old saw about denial's not being just a river in Egypt. Well, Horne is still going against the river's flow, and has not conceded as of 10:45 AM, though an announcement is surely being penned as I type.

With almost all precincts reporting, Brnovich has has maintained his 53 to 47 percent lead over the AG. Stick a pitchfork in Tom. It's all over save for an indictment.

Update August 27, 2014, 11:47 a.m.:

Horne has conceded, finally.

Declining all interview requests, the AG issued the following statement:

"I have just called Mark Brnovich to congratulate him on his victory in the Republican primary. His supporters and campaign deserve congratulations as well.

Mark has a tough race ahead, and I wish him the best and off my full support in the months to come.

It has been my sincere honor to serve the people of Arizona."

On that last point, Tom, the feeling is most definitely not mutual.

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danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Looks like once again Elmer Fudd got bested by that wasckaly wabbit


It's the sincere honor of the people of Arizona to send Tom Horney packing.

But he'll soon be back feeding at the public trough, it's all he knows how to do.

WhoKnows topcommenter

It's time to deport HorniBoi back to his native Canada.  He case stay at Beiber's "crib", and Ted Cruz can join them as the pool boy.

As Southpark said "Blame it on Canada"!


Horne now that you have conceded - Go home and get your shine box. 

ExpertShot topcommenter

Prediction, Horne will become next dictator of Cuba when he moves there with his gold-digger girlfriend.  Seriously, he's Dr. No. material.


Adios "Hit, and Run".

Thanks for being a Racist Crooked Arizona Politician.

Now perhaps Mrs. Horne will divorce your lousy arse?!

P.S. Don't let the door hit you in the back of the head.

TommyCollins topcommenter

Tom Horne, always the horse's ass. At least he is consistent. 

Now that he's going to be removed from public life maybe he can stop coloring what little hair he has left. Not likely, however.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I say add injury to insult and petition ICE to revoke Horneboi's citizenship. Bienvenue au Canada, dipshit! After he does his time, of course.


I can just imagine Gordon Ramsay screaming at Horne on his last day in office:  "Get out!  F*** off!!  And hang your head in SHAME!!!"  That would be icing on the cake.


Horne loosing might be a warning he is soon going to find out what real karma means especially if the democrat wins in general election!

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Horne lost? Well, I for one will sleep better knowing that. Thats a good way to start my day


Mr. Horne your continued presence at the Arizona Attorney General's Office is disruptive and bad for morale.  As you know, your indictment is imminent.To prevent further embarrassment to the office, from this date forward -your place of duty will be your residence.

Kindly remove your Harvard diploma from your office. Before exiting, please leave your Attorney General's identification, along with your keys with the receptionist.

Horne... your shenanigans has brought shame and distrust to the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Forward your diploma to Harvard law so that it can be place on the wall of shame right next to disgraced fellow alumnus Andrew Thomas.

P.S.  Leave the infamous ball cap behind so that it can serve as a reminder to other AG employees that you can't hide from the public, especially with a meathead like yours.I would hate to be you this morning. Who are you going to blame now?



Tom's not smart enough to find Cuba on a map.  But if they need directions out of Arizona I'd be delighted to help.

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