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2014 Statewide races

The price of procrastination: Last minute early voting continues to create headaches for ballot counters (access required)

Scottsdale resident Dan Wax counts and organizes mail-in ballots at the Maricopa County Elections Office headquarters in the days after the primary election.  (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Provisional and “late early” ballots take longer to count because they require painstaking research and several levels of verification before they can be tabulated. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell said it’s just not realistic to expect every one of the 1.4 million votes to be counted by the morning after the election. And when there are close contests, accuracy is more important than speed.

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Politicos analyze losing Arizona GOP gubernatorial campaigns (access required)

GOP boxing gloves

Now that Doug Ducey has secured the Republican nomination for governor, many politicos speak of his primary win as a forgone conclusion.<br.
The state treasurer and former Cold Stone Creamery CEO locked up support from a broad coalition of GOP supporters early, out-fundraised his opponents, put millions of dollars of his money into his campaign when it mattered most and was able to withstand a massive negative advertising campaign against him.

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Jones, Smith endorse Ducey (access required)

Arizona Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey formally announces the beginning of his campaign (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona Republicans are officially unified, at least when it comes to party’s nominee for governor.

Christine Jones and Scott Smith, Republican nominee Doug Ducey’s top two opponents in the GOP primary, endorsed the state treasurer today.

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