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Aug 27, 2014 8:07 AM by The Associated Press

Arizona primary election boots embattled incumbents out of office

PHOENIX (AP) - State Treasurer Doug Ducey has won the Republican primary for Arizona governor, topping five other candidates with a campaign focused on his business experience in leading a chain of ice cream parlors. Ducey has served as state treasurer for the last four years. Ducey will face Democrat Fred DuVal in the November election.

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 the incumbent in his first term. Horne has consistently denied wrongdoing. Brnovich will face Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the November election.

John Huppenthal is out of office after one term as Arizona's top education official. Huppenthal went down in the Republican primary for superintendent of public instruction after acknowledging that he made a series of offensive, anonymous Internet postings. He lost to Diane Douglas, who focused almost all of her campaign on repealing the Obama administration-supported Common Core education standards.

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. 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.


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