Doug Ducey, David Garcia Win Arizona Primaries For Governor

Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:41pm
Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:54pm
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David Garcia and Doug Ducey.

The incumbent Republican governor and a Democratic Latino education professor won their parties' respective nods in Tuesday's primary election for Arizona's top office.

Gov. Doug Ducey bested former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a more conservative GOP candidate who had little funding and campaign resources. Education professor and military veteran David Garcia beat fellow Democrats state Sen. Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer, a former CEO of the YWCA Southern Arizona.

Ducey's re-election bid has focused on border security and job creation. He's touted the new law enforcement collaboration effort called the Border Strike Force as well as multiple companies who've located in Arizona during his first term.

David Garcia won the Democratic primary for governor with an unofficial 49 percent of the vote. That placed him well ahead of his two challengers. Garcia, an education professor, is making that issue the centerpiece of his campaign.

"Public education is the great equalizer," he told supporters at his victory party. "It is the foundation of the American dream and it is the best investment we can make in our economy."

Garcia also brought up his general election opponent Ducey, who already has raised much more money.

"But we don’t need that money do we. Why not? Look around folks. We got each other. That’s the reason why not."

Unofficial results show Garcia winning 49 percent of the primary vote. Fellow Democrat Steve Farley got 35 percent and Kelly Fryer got 17.

Ducey got more than double the votes of his GOP primary opponent Ken Bennett.

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