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Brewer’s signing of election bill creates major hurdle for third parties (access required)

Barry Hess, the Libertarian standard bearer, will have to fend off challenges from three other Libertarian candidates to win the party’s nomination for governor this year. Hess ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002 and 2006, and this year he’s one of 22 Libertarians seeking office in Arizona.

Third-party candidates may become a rare breed in Arizona.

HB2305, an omnibus elections bill, dramatically raises the number of signatures that Green Party, Libertarian and other third-party candidates will need to qualify for the ballot. Whereas signature requirements have historically been based on the number of registered votes a party has, the bill equalizes the requirements for all parties.

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Sinema confident about CD9 lead (access required)

Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona’s new hypercompetitive 9th Congressional District lived up its billing, with Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema holding a narrow but growing lead over Republican Vernon Parker in a race that was still undecided at the end of election night. As of Wednesday evening, Sinema, a former legislator from central Phoenix, leads by 2,715 votes.

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