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The Republican primary for governor in Arizona was, in part, a referendum on whether voters approve of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' aggressive prosecutions of other Maricopa County officials. We now have a verdict: maybe.
On a night with several notably close primaries (Democrats for governor in Vermont, Republicans for Senate in Alaska), the Arizona AG race deserves a mention too. Currently, Andrew Horne, the state superintendent of schools, leads Thomas for the Republican nomination by a few hundred votes. The Arizona Republic has the latest:
After each came tantalizingly close to victory only to see the race swing to his rival, both GOP candidates for state attorney general may now wait until at least the weekend to learn who will go on to the November general election.
The seesaw battle Tuesday night and early Wednesday saw Andrew Thomas and Tom Horne swap leads in their bitter contest. As of late Wednesday, Horne held a razor-thin margin of a few hundred votes, but tens of thousands of ballots had yet to be counted, and Maricopa County officials warned that their tally likely would drag into Saturday night or later.
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