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Heavy spending not enough to beat LD6 Republicans in House race

Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Safford, talks during a July 17 press conference calling for an ethics investigation of Sen. Rich Crandall. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Heavy spending by Democratic independent expenditure groups didn’t pay off in the Legislative District 6 House race as two Republicans won convincingly.

Newcomer Robert Thorpe, a Flagstaff Republican, and Rep. Brenda Barton, a Payson Republican, finished with 28 and 27 percent of the vote, nearly four points ahead of third place finisher Angela LeFevre, a Sedona Democrat. Doug Ballard, a Flagstaff Democrat, finished with 22 percent.

Democratic independent expenditure groups spent $112,731, or roughly $56,000 opposing each candidate, even though Republicans have a 10 percentage point advantage in registered voters. The sprawling district encompasses parts of Coconino, Yavapai, Gila and Navajo counties, including the cities of Flagstaff, Sedona, Payson and Snowflake.



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