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Arizona Gov. Symington wins primary

PHOENIX, Sept. 14 -- Gov. Fife Symington easily defeated his Republican rival to win a shot at another term in the Arizona governor's mansion, election officials said Wednesday. But the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Dennis DeConcini was too close to call, with only 32 votes separating the top Democratic candidates.

Only 28.3 percent of the state's 2.4 million registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary. All but a few absentee and questioned ballots had been counted by Wednesday afternoon. Symington, who has been embroiled in a savings and loan lawsuit, beat his Republican rival, rolling up 199,539 votes, or 68 percent. Barbara Barrett had 93,540 votes, 31.9 percent. On the Democratic side, Eddie Basha edged former Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard. Basha had 96,054 votes, 36.8 percent, to Goddard's 91,596, or 35.1 percent. Goddard lost to Symington in the last election. In the Democratic race to replace the retiring DeConcini, Rep. Sam Coppersmith had 81,547 votes to 81,515 for Richard Mahoney. Rep. Jon Kyle gave up his 4th District seat and ran unopposed for the GOP nomination. In the race to replace Coppersmith in the 1st District, Democrat Chuck Blanchard ran unopposed, and will face Republican Matt Salmon. In the 2nd District, incumbent Democrat Ed Pastor got 73.8 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Robert MacDonald. In the 3rd District, incumbent Republican Bob Stump ran unopposed, and will face Howard Sprague, who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Democrat Carol Cure ran unopposed and will face Republican John Shadegg in the 4th District. Incumbent 5th District Republican Jim Kolbe won with 80.2 percent of the vote, and will face Democrat Gary Auerbach, who ran unopposed. Incumbent 6th District Democrat Karan English also ran unopposed, and will will face J.D. Hayworth.

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