2014 Arizona Primary election: Track top races

Governor – Republican

State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand.

Ducey started Cold Stone Creamery in Arizona and built it into a well-known chain before selling the company in 2007 and getting into politics.

He has been state treasurer for the last four years, serving as the chief steward of Arizona’s finances during a period that included the collapse of the housing market in the state.

The race to replace Republican Gov. Jan Brewer began as a fairly quiet contest focused on health care and jobs before shifting abruptly when thousands of immigrant children began pouring into the country and some settled in Arizona.

In the quest for right-leaning Republican primary voters, the six candidates quickly staked out hard-line positions on immigration and repeatedly attacked the Obama administration for failing to secure the border.

Secretary of State

State Sen. Michele Reagan has won the Republican primary for secretary of state.

Reagan cruised to victory in a three-way race for the GOP nomination with state Rep. Justin Pierce and businessman Will Cardon. Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Reagan.

The secretary of state is Arizona’s top elections officer and also becomes governor if there’s a midterm vacancy in that office.

She will face former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in the general election.

U.S. Representative – District 1
Republicans vying for a chance to unseat Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in the 1st Congressional District are locked in a tight race.

The swing district stretches from Flagstaff to the Tucson suburbs. It’s already attracting big money from national parties.

The lead has gone back and forth Tuesday between Springerville rancher Gary Kiehne and Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin. State Rep. Adam Kwasman is trailing in votes.

Tobin has said he’s a proven leader. 

Kwasman contends he’s the most conservative of the group.

Kiehne has been outspent by both but argues that people in the vast district don’t need to be represented by career politicians.

All three vowed to support whoever becomes the Republican nominee with the ultimate goal of beating Kirkpatrick in the November general election.  

U.S. Representative – District 7

Former Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego has won the Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District, essentially assuring he takes the seat in the left-leaning Phoenix-area district.

Gallego faces no Republican opposition in November’s election in the Democratic stronghold held by retiring Rep. Ed Pastor.

The 34-year-old Gallego survived a tough challenge from onetime Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.

He is the son of Hispanic immigrants who was the first in his family to go to college. He later served in Iraq.

Gallego campaigned on curtailing the rising cost of college education, making sure veterans get timely health care and improving the lives of the poor.

U.S. Representative – District 9

Retired Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers has won the GOP primary in the 9th Congressional District.

Rogers beat out former Arizona State and NFL quarterback Andrew Walter. She faces Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in the general election.

The 9th District covers Tempe and parts of Phoenix.

Rogers was among the first group of women chosen for Air Force pilot training in 1981 and retired with more than 3,000 hours of experience in cargo and transport jets.

She’s now a small business owner who has vowed to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act and balance the budget.

Attorney General
Attorney General Tom Horne has been thrown out of office in the Republican primary after a rocky first term. 

Horne lost the primary to the state’s former top gambling regulator, Mark Brnovich.
Brnovich attacked Horne for the many investigations that have hounded him in his first term and prompted most of the Arizona political establishment to distance themselves.
Horne was investigated for a hit-and-run accident, campaign finance violations and having his attorney general staff work on his re-election effort while on the clock.
Brnovich will face Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the November election.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal lost his bid for a second term Tuesday, falling in the Republican primary after he admitted making offensive anonymous comments on the Internet while serving as the state’s chief education official.

Huppenthal lost to Diane Douglas, who focused almost all of her campaign on repealing the Obama administration-supported Common Core education standards.

The race normally would have received little attention but was transformed when it was revealed that Huppenthal made anonymous rants on the Internet.

He called welfare recipients “lazy pigs” who mooch off the government despite having flat-screen TVs in their living rooms, while comparing the Planned Parenthood founder to Nazis. He bashed Spanish-language media and said, “This is America, speak English.”

Huppenthal broke down in tears at a June news conference as he apologized for his actions and said that anonymous discourse has long been a cornerstone of Democracy, citing examples of Founding Fathers who wrote under pseudoynms during the 18th century.

For more election results, check out fox10phoenix.com/primary

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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