Elections 2012

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Rim Country Republicans celebrate

Activists gather to watch results roll in

On election night in Rim Country, only the Republicans had a party at their headquarters. In comparison, the Democratic headquarters were quiet and dark - but judging by the election results they did not have much to celebrate.

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Congressional candidates amass huge warchests

But don't rule out Republican challengers

Incumbents in three Arizona congressional districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases But political experts say it’s too early to count out the challengers. And too early to count campaign receipts, which are expected to roll in once hotly contested primaries are over.

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Sen. Chester Crandell found dead

Fall from horse may have killed Rim Country representative

Family members found the body of state Sen. Chester Crandell on a ranch Thursday morning after he was apparently thrown from a horse, according to Navajo County Sheriff K. C. Clark and Chief Deputy Jim Molessa.

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Animal deaths provoke new effort to change animal cruelty laws

Rim Country lawmaker cosidering bill that would regulate kennels

Rim Country state representative Brenda Barton is getting ready to once again seek changes in the animal cruelty laws in Arizona. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Dist. 28, and Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Dist. 06, are assembling stakeholders to review existing animal cruelty statutes and consider draft legislation to set safety standards for pet boarding facilities.

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County voters cast more early ballots than ever

Gila County mailed 17,231 early ballots to voters for the Nov. 6 general election. Voters returned nearly 82 percent (14,126).

Additional votes don't change election results

Early Tuesday morning, the county posted most of the remaining early and provisional ballots. The additional votes did little to change election results. In the close races for Payson Unified School District and the Northern Gila County Sanitary District, things remained the same.

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Cliffhangers and game changers

Crucial election turns on shift of political power to North Gila County

Republicans took a beating across the nation on Tuesday, but triumphed in Northern Gila County, Moreover, the Republican sweep locally marked a striking shift of political power in the county from south to north, attended by a stark division in voting patterns.

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Flake wins contentious contest for U.S. Senate

Republican Rep. Jeff Flake Tuesday won a bruising U.S. Senate fight against former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

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