Arizona attorney general election, 2014

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Arizona Attorney General Election

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Horne Republican Party
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Arizona State Executive Elections
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GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
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The Arizona attorney general election will take place on November 4, 2014, following a primary on August 26. Incumbent Tom Horne (R) was first elected in 2010 and is running for re-election.

The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Arizona is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Race background

Incumbent Tom Horne, a Republican first elected in 2010, lost his bid for renomination in the August 26 Republican primary, creating an open seat race for the general election.[4]

Midway through his first term as attorney general, Horne found himself the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation stemming from an alleged hit and run incident. This blight, in addition to his rumored extra-marital affair with a staffer, led Horne to forgo his long-anticipated gubernatorial campaign in favor of seeking another term in his current post.[5] These scandals led Governing to rate Arizona's attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections.

Horne's controversy-riddled first term gave way to the incumbent's six point ousting by sole Republican challenger Mark Brnovich in the party's primary. Brnovich, the former Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, faces 2010 Arizona Gubernatorial nominee and Assistant Attorney General Felecia Rotellini in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

Although Arizona tends to vote Republican, especially at the state level, Democrats placed considerable hopes in Rotellini early on in the election season. Rotellini's background as superintendent of the state Department of Financial Institutions bodes well for as a fundraiser and thus her chances in the race to succeed Horne as Arizona's chief legal official.[5]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 28 Filing deadline for major party candidates
July 17 Filing deadline for write-in candidates (Primary)
August 26 Primary election
September 25 Filing deadline for write-in candidates (General)
November 4 General election
December 1 Official Canvass of general election results
January 5, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Lost in the primary

Primary results

Republican primary - August 26, 2014

Arizona Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 53.3% 248,941
Tom Horne Incumbent 46.3% 216,278
Write-in 0.5% 2,127
Total Votes 467,346
Election Results Via:Arizona Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Democratic primary

Uncontested

Polls

Arizona Attorney General, Republican Primary
Poll Mark Brnovich Tom Horne*UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
39%25%36%+/-4.02593
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
44%29%27%+/-4.0691
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
40%37%24%+/-3.44812
AVERAGES 41% 30.33% 29% +/-3.82 698.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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