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2014 Statewide races

A race-by-race look at Arizona statewide races

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Arizona is deciding a full slate of statewide, congressional and local races, many of which were highly competitive heading in to the final hours of the campaign. The closeness of the contests has been reflected in the bombardment of attack ads over the final weeks as Democratic, Republican and special interest groups have spent large amounts of money in Arizona. Here is a look at the ticket, and what's at stake:

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Ballot harvest: Video sparks new debate over banning bulk voting technique (access required)

Canvassers from the Latino get-out-the-vote group Citizens for a Better Arizona deliver early ballots to the Maricopa County Elections Department on Oct. 28 and show solidarity by holding up pictures of a member attacked in a video for “ballot stuffing." (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

A video which shows a Citizens for a Better Arizona canvasser dropping hundreds of ballots into a box at the Maricopa County Elections Department has re-ignited the debate over “ballot harvesting” by voter outreach groups. The practice is perfectly legal. But that hasn’t stopped critics from claiming voter fraud and even posting death threats against the canvasser in the comments section of the video on YouTube.

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Arizona governor’s race targets independent voters

Doug Ducey (left) and Fred DuVal. (AP photos)

The race for Arizona governor has created an odd mix of arguments in a state where recent gubernatorial contests were dominated by divisive issues like immigration. The shift away from hardline rhetoric and toward more nuanced positions marks an effort by both candidates to negate their opponents' key points as they court the growing bloc of independent voters in Arizona.

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