Arizona Attorney General election, 2014

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Arizona Attorney General Election

Primary Date:
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Race rating: Lean Republican

November 4 Election Winner:
Mark Brnovich Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Horne Republican Party
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The Arizona Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014, following a primary on August 26. Incumbent Tom Horne (R) was first elected in 2010 and sought re-election unsuccessfully in 2014. He was defeated by Mark Brnovich in the Republican primary.

After unseating Horne in the primary, Brnovich faced Democratic candidate Felecia Rotellini in the general election. Brnovich won election for a four-year term.

This race was notable for significant ad spending by outside groups, as detailed in the ad spending section. In 2014, Republican control over the attorney general's office was still a recent phenomenon, as Democrats held the seat from 1998 to 2010. Learn more about election results from recent races by jumping to the past elections section.

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]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Mark Brnovich Green check mark transparent.png[4][5]
Democratic Party Felecia Rotellini[6]
Independent (Write-in) Anthony Camboni[7]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Tom Horne - Incumbent


Results

General election

Attorney General of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 52.9% 779,976
     Democratic Felecia Rotellini 47.1% 693,566
Total Votes 1,473,542
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Primary election

Republican primary

Arizona Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 53.7% 279,855
Tom Horne Incumbent 46.3% 240,858
Total Votes 520,713
Election Results Via:Arizona Secretary of State.

Democratic primary

  • Uncontested

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.[8]

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 investigation along with a rumored extra-marital affair led Horne to forgo his long-anticipated gubernatorial campaign in favor of seeking another term in his current post.[9] 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, faced 2010 gubernatorial candidate and Assistant Attorney General Felecia Rotellini in the general election.[8]

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 signaled to party leaders that she had strong potential as a fundraiser and thus a chance in the race to succeed Horne as Arizona's chief legal official.[9] She was ultimately defeated by Brnovich, ensuring the attorney general's office would remain under Republican control.

Endorsements

Felecia Rotellini earned the endorsement of the Arizona Daily Star prior to the general election.[10]

Debates

September 30 debate

Mark Brnovich (R) and Felecia Rotellini (D) faced off over prosecuting experience and private persons during a debate hosted by public affairs program Arizona Horizon. Brnovich criticized Rotellini's lack of experience as prosecutor while highlighting his past work as a county prosecutor and assistant U.S. Attorney. Rotellini countered that Brnovich did not understand that the attorney general's office doesn't handle prosecutions, which are handled by county attorneys.[11]

Rotellini criticized Brnovich's efforts to bring ideology to the office as well as his support for private prisons. She also argued that his advocacy for pro-life positions was an unnecessary distraction for anyone aspiring to the office. Brnovich reacted by pointing out the lack of partisan divide over private prisons, citing the Obama administration's advocacy for these types of facilities. He also suggested that Rotellini's criticism was hypocritical because she accepted contributions from private-prison operators.[11]

Polls

General election polls

Arizona Attorney General, General election
Poll Mark Brnovich (R) Felecia Rotellini (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
39%42%19%+/-4.9400
Arizona Free Enterprise Club
October 13-16, 2014
48%39%13%+/-4.5500
American Encore
October 20-22, 2014
41%38%17%+/-4601
AVERAGES 42.67% 39.67% 16.33% +/-4.47 500.33
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.

Primary 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.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

Past elections

2010

Attorney General of Arizona, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Horne Incumbent 51.9% 870,483
     Democratic Felecia Rotellini 48.1% 807,185
Total Votes 1,677,668

2006

Attorney General of Arizona, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Goddard Incumbent 60.2% 899,007
     Republican Bill Montgomery 39.8% 595,317
Total Votes 1,494,324

2002

Attorney General of Arizona, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Goddard 51.9% 623,135
     Republican Andrew P. Thomas 45% 540,644
     Libertarian Ed Kahn 3.1% 37,564
Total Votes 1,201,343

1998

Janet Napolitano (D) won election to the attorney general's office, placing ahead of Republican candidate Tom McGovern and Libertarian Party candidate Thomas Eblen.[12]

Campaign media

Ad spending

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the Democratic Attorney Generals Association (DAGA) have played significant roles in the race for Arizona Attorney General. RAGA's Arizona election committee spent $1,757,961 on TV ads and direct mail pieces attacking Felecia Rotellini through October 20, 2014. The Grand Canyon Committee for Justice and Fairness, the campaign committee for DAGA, spent $287,665. Revitalize Arizona, a union-funded PAC supporting Rotellini, ran $450,000 in TV ads attacking Mark Brnovich prior to the general election.[13]

Outside organizations

Republican Attorney Generals Association


RAGA ad: Felecia Rotellini: Dangerous Views (October 16, 2014)

Revitalize Arizona


Revitalizing Arizona ad (October 15, 2014)

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 28, 2014 Filing deadline for major party candidates
July 17, 2014 Filing deadline for write-in candidates (Primary)
August 26, 2014 Primary election
September 25, 2014 Filing deadline for write-in candidates (General)
November 4, 2014 General election
December 1, 2014 Official Canvass of general election results
January 5, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. The Associated Press via abc15.com, "Mark Brnovich, ex-Department of Gaming director, to run for Arizona attorney general," October 2, 2013
  5. The Arizona Republic, "Former gaming chief will run for attorney general," September 27, 2013
  6. Phoenix News Times, "Felecia Rotellini Making Another Run at Attorney General," February 26, 2013
  7. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Candidates Full Listing," accessed September 29, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 abc15.com, "Arizona Election Results," accessed August 27, 2014 (dead link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
  10. Arizona Daily Star, "Endorsement: Rotellini for attorney general," October 9, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Phoenix New Times, "Felecia Rotellini and Mark Brnovich Battle in Debate for Arizona Attorney General," October 1, 2014
  12. Arizona Secretary of State, "1998 General Election," accessed October 13, 2014
  13. Arizona's Politics, " ARIZONA AG RACE: National Republican AG Group Goes Dark, Outraises Democratic Counterpart More Than 4:1 In 3rd Quarter; Explains 6:1 Difference In Arizona Spending (#50ShadesOfDarkMoney)," October 20, 2014