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Election 2012

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Election analysis: Few voters veer from party preference

Despite heavy spending, most voters remain predictable in partisan races

Businesses, unions and special interest groups spent heavily to influence the election — including a gush of outside money in the bitterly contested state Senate and House seats representing Rim Country.

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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).

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Final vote count confirms results

Ballot totals rise, but results don’t change

Gila County finally finished counting its 3,400 provisional ballots Thursday, but the late-breaking ballots didn’t change any results.

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At last!

Election day finally here — political ads are nearly done

Election day: Finally! Tomorrow night: No more campaign ads! Praise the Lord.

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Prop. 114 would bar felons’ lawsuits against victims

Crime victims shouldn’t have to worry that they may be sued by those who commit felonies against them, supporters of Proposition 114 argue.

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3rd parties fear top-two primary ballot measure

It’s already an uphill battle for Libertarian and Green Party candidates in Arizona, but no matter what, they have a place on the ballot.

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Early ballot mix-up for Mesa del residents

Early ballots sent to voters who live in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the governing board election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District.

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County sheriff candidates differ on jail command

Gila County sheriff candidates Adam Shepherd and Craig Jones agree on a lot of things, but not about who should run the overcrowded, underfunded jails.

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Sheriff candidates differ on drinking policy

Shepherd defends current policy, Jones would bar any return to duty if a deputy has been drinking

Two men running for county sheriff have offered different accounts as to how they would have handled recent allegations.

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State legislative candidates decry ‘extremism’

Chabin, LeFevre say Legislature’s cuts have crippled towns and schools and now threaten region’s tourist economy

Arizona must reverse deep budget cuts to protect the state’s schools and its vital tourist economy, insisted candidates seeking to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature Wednesday night in Payson.

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Special district elections mostly already decided

Few contest elections for fire, water districts

A number of special district boards must be getting it right, since no one filed to throw incumbents out.

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Globe retains power base

The Rim Country will have only one homegrown representative on the Gila County Board of Supervisors for another four years.

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Election results

There were quite a few upsets in Tuesday's primary.

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Voters face glitches to cast ballots in high stakes primary election

Scroll down to see photo gallery with 21 precinct maps

One of the most consequential Rim Country primaries in years has finally come gusting into town like a monsoon storm, with new rules, misprinted voter ID cards, voter confusion — and a host of high-stakes campaigns.

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Many ballot measures before voters in November

Unofficially, voters will have nine measures to decide in November’s general election in addition to selecting the men and women they wish to represent them at the national, state and local levels and fill a variety of public service offices.

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Republicans debate; Democrat punts

Only the Republican candidates for Gila County recorder attended a Payson Tea Party debate last week to wrangle over how the vital but often inconspicuous office can improve customer service — and use the Internet to quickly post vital records online.

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Campaign spending triggers probe

Group that endorsed Stubbs investigated for activities in Pinal County

A group that has endorsed a local candidate for sheriff is now being investigated by the Gila County Attorney’s Office for potential campaign finance violations in Pinal County.

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Super PAC’s spending roils race

Bitter battle for congressional seat dominated by debate about role of outside group

The fiercely contested Republican primary in the district that includes Rim Country has lurched into allegations that an out-of-state, ultra-conservative Super PAC is trying to “buy” the seat with a distorted advertising blitz.

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Incumbent county treasurer faces rare challenge

Challenger wants better services for northern Gila County

One Democrat and one Republican are running for the office of Gila County treasurer, making the Aug. 28 primary easy, but the Nov. 4 general election a real contest.

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Two vie to unseat incumbent

Pair of Republicans face off in primary in hopes of becoming new county assessor

With a swooning real estate market and rising property tax rates, Gila County Assessor Don Hom faces one of the few election challenges in his 24-year reign.

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