Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sec of State Michele Reagan Is Getting Crushed by GOP Challenger Steve Gaynor

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose multiple blunders as the state's chief elections officer resulted in numerous bad headlines, is getting crushed by GOP challenger Steve Gaynor, who has 69 percent of the vote.

Gaynor will face Democrat Katie Hobbs, a state lawmaker who was uncontested in her Democratic primary.

While the Secretary of State has the job of overseeing Arizona's elections and other record-keeping tasks, the office has one other key responsibility: The Secretary of State becomes governor if the incumbent leaves office early.

In other statewide races:

• Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is trailing two Republican challengers, Bob Branch and Frank Riggs. Branch has 22.24 percent of the vote, Riggs has 21.66  percent of the vote, Douglas has 21.09 percent of the vote and Tracy Livingston has 20 percent of the vote.

On the Democratic side of the Superintendent of Public Instruction race, political newcomer Kathy Hoffman has 52 percent of the vote, while former state lawmaker David Scapira has 48 percent.

• In the GOP race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission race, incumbent Justin Olson and one-time Democrat Rodney Glassman are in the lead with 25 and 23 percent of the vote. On the Democratic side, Sandra Kennedy has 45 percent of the vote, while Kiana Sears leads former commissioner Bill Mundell by about 1,000 votes.

• Kimberly Lee has 57 percent of the vote against Jo Ann Sabbagh in the GOP primary for treasurer. She'll face Democrat Mark Manoil, who was uncontested in the Democratic primary.

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