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Nathan Morris (left) and Don Ascoli watch election returns as they are posted on the Gila County Web site Tuesday night at Republican Headquarters in Payson.

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Gila County elections: Upsets and umbrage

Gila County faced one of its most wide-open, high-stakes primary seasons in decades on Tuesday, but Northern Gila County voters mostly stayed home. With the board of supervisors, county attorney and sheriff’s offices up for grabs, turnout in the north ranged from 10 to 24 percent in most precincts. In the south, about a third of voters cast a ballot. The turnout differential proved decisive in a host of races that North County advocates had hoped would finally end South County’s long monopoly on political power.

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