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.