Sun, April 05

Gosar a clear winner in CD1 race

Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

What looked to be an eight-way horse race in the Congressional District 1 Republican primary turned into a runaway victory on Tuesday for Flagstaff dentist Paul Gosar.

With all eight counties that touch CD 1 reporting, Gosar had a solid lead of 31 percent of the vote.

His nearest challenger, 2008 Republican CD1 candidate Sydney Hay, received 22.8 percent. Bradley Beauchamp and Rusty Bowers closely followed Hay with 16 and 14.5 percent respectively.

The other four candidates, Cottonwood resident Joe Jaraczewski, Jon Jensen, Steve Mehta and Thomas Zaleski split the remaining 16 percent.

Gosar, who had received the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is making his first run for political office.

He will face off against incumbent congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat who ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary.

Results from Yavapai County were much like those across the rest of the district, with Gosar receiving 34 percent, Hay 22.5 and Beauchamp 20.

A breakdown of voting districts across the county showed that Gosar received widespread support in both urban and rural precincts and on both sides of the mountain

Second place finisher Hay received solid support in Camp Verde, Black Canyon City, Mayer and Crown King precincts, whereas Beauchamp took the precincts in Drake, Hillside and Kirkland. Bowers led in two precincts, Camp Wood and Castle Hot Springs.

Gosar was clearly the winner among early voters, capturing almost twice the mail-in votes compared to Hay and Beauchamp.

Yavapai County led all counties statewide with a 40.61 percent voter turnout.

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