Republicans Have Most Action in Arizona Primary

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PHOENIX — Intraparty challenges to U.S. Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jan Brewer top contested races in Arizona's Aug. 24 primary election.

Those and other races put most of the high-profile action in the Republican primary, though Democrats also have some contested contests for statewide offices.

Wednesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions, though the Secretary of State's Office said an updated list would not be immediately available.

As the filing deadline neared, the four-term incumbent McCain was challenged in the primary by former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth and Navy veteran Jim Deakin. [See who is donating to McCain's campaign.]

Gov. Jan Brewer, who took office in January 2009 when her Democratic predecessor resigned, is running for a full term in another top-drawer Republican race.

As the filing deadline neared, she faced State Treasurer Dean Martin, Yavapai County businessman Buz Mills, Tucson attorney John Munger and Apache Junction resident Matthew Jette in the GOP primary.

Republicans also have contested races for attorney general, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction and two Corporation Commission seats.

Republicans are fielding multicandidate fields in wide-open races for nominations to challenge Democratic U.S. Reps. Gabrielle Giffords, Raul Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell.

A similar Republican competition was in place for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Rep. John Shadegg, who is retiring.

Attorney General Terry Goddard was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for governor as the filing deadline neared, but several late entries gave former Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman competition for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Other Democrats running for their party's Senate nomination included former state Health Services Director Cathy Eden and retired investigative reporter John Dougherty.

Democrats also had contested races for secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and Corporation Commission.

The two major parties between them had dozens of contested primary races for legislative seats in various districts across the state.

The primary ballot also includes a sprinkling of candidates for nominations of the Libertarian and Green parties.

June 10 is the deadline for the filing of legal challenges to candidates' nominating petitions.

Voters registered with a party affiliation can vote in that party's primary. Also, registered independents can pick a party's ballot to vote in the primary, except that the Libertarian Party only allows registered Libertarians to participate.