Now that the primaries are over - almost, that is - the campaigns begin in earnest.
Update on Attorney General's Race
First, here's the update on the Republican primary race for Attorney General - Tom Horne continues to lead Andrew Thomas, but by just 887 votes, out of a total of 555,270 ballots cast. That's only .16%. However, according to Matthew Benson, Director of Communications for the Arizona Secretary of State's office, there are only 900 provisional ballots left to count in the state. Thomas would need all but one of the remaining ballots to be cast in his favor in order to win, so that's not very likely to happen. It looks like Tom Horne will be the Republican candidate for Attorney General, and he will face Felecia Rotellini in November's general election.
Tom Horne declared himself the winner yesterday, sending out a press release that read, "Tom Horne is now the Republican nominee in the race for Arizona Attorney General."
"We now look forward to the general election in November, where I am confident my message about securing the border, strengthening consumer protection, and creating a positive legal climate for jobs will resonate once again," Horne added.
As for Thomas' reaction? Well, last Wednesday night, August 25, he issued this public statement, and hasn't said much since. "The time for debating and tough words in the Republican Primary is over. The time for vote counting is upon us. I appreciated Tom Horne's words earlier in the campaign and just last night when things were not looking his way that he would support me were I to be the nominee. Likewise, if Tom prevails I don't want there to be any doubt that I will support him against the Democrat. Let's see where the vote counting takes us knowing that in the end the Republican Party will offer a nominee that is vastly better than a Democrat counterpart who opposes Senate Bill 1070 and who refuses to challenge ObamaCare by joining other Attorneys General across the U.S."
Possibility of a Recount is Slim
Is it possible that there will be a recount in the Attorney General's Republican primary? Benson writes, "In the case of the race for Arizona Attorney General, what that means is a recount will be triggered if the margin of difference between the top two candidates is less than or equal to 200 votes... Keep in mind that there is no provision in state law allowing a candidate to demand a recount."
Benson explains that the State law reads as follows:
16-661. Automatic recount; requirements; exemption
A. A recount of the vote is required when the canvass of returns in a primary or general election shows that the margin between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes for a particular office, or between the number of votes cast for and against initiated or referred measures or proposals to amend the Constitution of Arizona, is less than or equal to the lesser of the following:
1. One-tenth of one per cent of the number of votes cast for both such candidates or upon such measures or proposals.
2. Two hundred votes in the case of an office to be filled by state electors and for which the total number of votes cast is more than twenty-five thousand.
3. Fifty votes in the case of an office to be filled by state electors and for which the total number of votes cast is twenty-five thousand or less.
4. Two hundred votes in the case of an initiated or referred measure or proposal to amend the constitution.
5. Fifty votes in the case of a member of the legislature.
By the way, all ballots must be counted by the end of business today, August 31, Benson reports, so by this time tomorrow, we should know what the exact count is on all races.
Back to the Trail
It didn't take Republicans long to start campaigning once the primary was over. On Thursday, Senator John McCain and Governor Jan Brewer hit the trail in a statewide Republican Victory Tour. Accompanying them were Secretary of State Ken Bennett, candidate for Congressional District 1, Paul Gosar; and Doug Ducey, candidate for Arizona Treasurer.
Candidates and supporters alike crammed into McCain's Campaign Office at 117 E. Gurley Street for a standing room only event. After speaking briefly to a cheering crowd, they returned to the Phoenix metro area for stops at the League of Cities and Towns Annual Meeting; Sun City; Phoenix and finally, Gilbert. Friday, they returned to StoneRidge Golf Club in Prescott Valley for breakfast, went to the 2010 Sun Devil Football Kickoff Luncheon and Pep Rally in Tempe, and then darted down to Tucson.
For those who didn't get a chance to see the launch of the Victory Tour at McCain's office, here are the videos of the speeches:
"Grandma" Wins the Skirmish
Not everyone in the crowded room was an enthusiastic supporter, however. While waiting for the politicians to arrive, John R. Turner, from Chino Valley stated, "I'm here because I'm angry at John McCain. He's a piece of junk." With that, he whipped out an article printed out from the internet, which had several highlighted points.
Carol Marshall was standing nearby, however, and she wasn't going to tolerate Turner's comments. "Put it away," she said, gesturing to his paper. "I'm serious."
Turner was a pretty big man, and Marshall didn't even reach his shoulders. But, that didn't faze the grandmotherly woman.
"What bike did you ride in on?" she then asked, evidently referring to the leather vest and patriotic rider's cap Turner was wearing. "You put that paper away."
Marshall stood and waited until Turner chuckled and folded up the paper, tucking it back into his vest. She nodded decisively.