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UPDATED: Giffords cruises to re-election

Melvin ahead in LD26 State Senate race; Williams, Young Wright ahead in House LD26 race

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Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 2:05 pm, Tue Mar 18, 2014.

With 98.6 percent of the precincts in Cochise, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties reporting totals late Tuesday, Democrat Gabrielle Giffords appears to have easily won re-election to in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District.

Giffords faced Republican State Senate President Tim Bee.

Giffords vote total at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday stood at 147,830 (54.7 percent), according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Meanwhile, Bee’s total stood at 115,793 (42.9 percent).

Tight race for LD26 House seat

Republican Vic Williams and Democrat Nancy Young Wright held slight leads Wednesday morning for the two seats in Arizona House of Representatives District 26.

Incumbent Young Wright had 36,949 votes (25.9 percent) and Williams had 36,899 votes (25.9 percent), according to unofficial vote totals from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

The other two candidates, Democrat Don Jorgenson and Republican Marilyn Zerull, had 23 percent and 25.2 percent, respectively.

The Democrats outpolled their opponents in Pima County, but the Republicans made up ground in Pinal.

Melvin, Cage in a tight race late Tuesday

Republican Al Melvin held a 1,127-vote lead over Democrat Cheryl Cage with 100 percent of the precincts counted in Tuesday’s Senate District 26 contest. Results were last updated 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Melvin’s actual lead was 39,547-38,420, a 50.7-49.3 percentage split, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

Bronson leading Brenner in Pima supervisor race

Democratic incumbent Sharon Bronson had a wide advantage over Republican Barney Brenner in early vote totals for the Pima County Board of Supervisors seat in District 3.

With 39 of 87 precincts (44.8 percent) counted by 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bronson led the challenger 22,814-15,547, according to the Pima County Recorder’s Web site. On a percentage basis, her margin was 59.39-40.47 percent.

Bronson, a three-term incumbent, would rejoin incumbent Republicans Ann Day and Ray Carroll, and Democrats Ramon Valadez and Richard Elias, on the five-member board. Day, Carroll, Elias and Valadez were all unopposed in Tuesday’s election.

District 3 encompasses much of western Pima County, including Marana west of I-10, and an extension north of Grant and south of River roads.

Voters reject Oro Valley park bonds

In preliminary vote totals, a $48.6 million bond issue to build a park at Oro Valley’s Naranja Townsite was rejected Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, the bond issue trailed by 3,085 votes, 10,669-7,584 (58.45 percent to 41.55 percent) according to the Pima County Recorder’s office Web site.

If the bond issue was approved, Oro Valley would have used proceeds to develop facilities on the Naranja site, located between Tangerine Road and Naranja Drive in central Oro Valley.

LaWall opens a lead over Roach for county attorney; Dupnik has wide edge in sheriff’s race

Four-term incumbent Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall had a 36,716-vote lead over challenger Brad Roach in Tuesday’s election.

LaWall, a Democrat, led the Republican by a margin of 155,362-118,646 as of Wednesday, according to the Pima County Recorder’s office Web site.

On a percentage basis, the LaWall lead was 53.18-40.61.

Green Party candidate Claudia Ellquist had 17,883 votes, or 6.12 percent of those tallied.

In those voting districts, incumbent Democratic Sheriff Clarence “Bud” Dupnik had a 2-1 advantage over Republican challenger Harry Shaw. Dupnik had tallied 190,396 votes, or 64.57 percent, compared to Shaw’s sum of 103,948 votes, or 35.25 percent.

Status of Arizona ballot measures

Vote results as of Wednesday on Arizona ballot measures, as reported by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

Proposition 100, no transfer taxes on real estate

Yes …1,355,754 (76.9 percent)

No … 407,763 (23.1 percent)

Proposition 101, medical choice

Yes … 865,114 (49.9 percent)

No … 867,249 (50.1 percent)

Proposition 102, defining marriage in the Arizona Constitution:

Yes … 1,039,845 (56.5 percent)

No … 801,346 (43.5 percent)

Proposition 105, requiring majority of registered voters on taxes

Yes … 595,737 (34.3 percent)

No … 1,142,927 (65.7 percent)

Proposition 200, payday loan industry regulatory change

Yes … 710,353 (40.5 percent)

No … 1,042,794 (59.5 percent)

Proposition 201, new homebuyers’ recourse

Yes … 386,397 (22.1 percent)

No … 1,360,274 (77.9 percent)

Proposition 202, employer sanctions on hiring of illegals

Yes … 726,251 (40.9 percent)

No … 1,049,331 (59.1 percent)

Proposition 300, legislator salary increase

Yes … 630,897 (35.5 percent)

No … 1,148,381 (64.5 percent)

All results are unofficial as of Wednesday morning. Go to the Arizona Secretary of State's Web site, www.azsos.gov, for up-to-date results.

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