Don Ascoli points to his computer screen as he explains to many interested voters the difference between the county voting results and the statewide returns. The action has shifted to computers as information is updated almost as soon as the results are posted.
Photo by Andy Towle.
Former Gila County Sheriff’s deputy Colt White celebrated his win over three Republican challengers in the constable race late Tuesday night with family at his side.
White received 45 percent of the votes with former deputy constable Michelle Dyer at 26.6 percent followed by pilot Kevin Christensen (14.8 percent) and former police officer Chris Harold (12.8 percent). No Democrats are running.
White watched election results as they were streamed over the Internet at the Gila County offices in Payson.
“My family is here with me and my family and I are really excited and very humble to be in the No. 1 spot,” White said. “I thank everyone who has helped in the campaign and I especially would like to thank the voters.”
In Gila County, a constable is responsible for issuing summonses, subpoenas and other court documents.
For the hotly contested district 5 state Senate seat, incumbent Sylvia Allen won the district by about 1,800 votes. In Gila County, however, Konopnicki won by 52 votes.
Konopnicki and Allen have fought hard for the seat, each dolling out jabs at each other.
On Monday, Konopnicki claimed that Allen had underreported campaign expenditures. Allen’s campaign called the deprivation claim “a complete joke” and a last ditch effort to sway voters.
In the U.S. Senate race, Rodney Glassman led Cathy Eden for the Democratic nominee by about 19,000 votes. Senator John McCain celebrated his win over Republican challenger J.D. Hayworth with 56 percent of the votes.
In the crowded field for the Congressional District 1 Republican nominee, Paul Gosar led 2008 nominee Sydney Hay by about 5,300 votes. Gosar will take on incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election.
In the governor’s race, incumbent Jan Brewer won by a landslide. Brewer will square off against former Attorney General Terry Goddard in the primary.
The Arizona Secretary of State reported early election results online. Official results will not be announced for several days. Read Friday’s Roundup for winner’s reactions.