Mark Brnovich

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Mark Brnovich
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General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
Attorney General of Arizona
Prior offices
Director of Arizona Department of Gaming
Bachelor'sArizona State University
J.D.University of San Diego School of Law
ProfessionPolicy analyst
Mark Brnovich is the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Arizona in the 2014 elections.[1][2]


Brnovich earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

He was in charge of the state department of gaming for Arizona from 2009-2013, when he resigned in anticipation of running for attorney general in 2014. His history has not been limited to state government, however. Brnovich previously worked for the high-profile conservative Goldwater Institute as well as the private-prison firm Corrections Corporation of America.[2]


  • Bachelor degree in political science - Arizona State University
  • Juris Doctor - University of San Diego School of Law

Elections & Appointments


See also: Arizona attorney general election, 2014

Brnovich announced his candidacy for Attorney General of Arizona on October 2, 2013. He defeated incumbent Tom Horne in the Republican primary on August 26, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Primary election - 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.

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[3]

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.[4]


Arizona Attorney General, Republican Primary
Poll Mark Brnovich Tom Horne*UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 41% 30.33% 29% +/-3.82 698.67
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