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Tom Horne falls in GOP attorney general primary

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 12:46 am •  Published: August 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Attorney General Tom Horne was thrown out of office Tuesday in the Republican primary after a rocky first term that resulted in several misconduct investigations.

Horne lost the primary to the state's former top gambling regulator, Mark Brnovich, who pounced on the allegations against his incumbent rival.

In the November general election, Brnovich will face Democrat Felecia Rotellini, who ran unopposed.

"Taking on an incumbent is not easy," Brnovich said. "Sometimes doing the right thing is the hard thing."

Horne, who defeated Rotellini in 2010, has been dogged for three years by allegations of campaign finance violations, an FBI investigation and a hit-and-run where he pleaded no contest.

Horne has consistently denied the campaign finance accusations and said if he had known he damaged the other vehicle in a minor parking lot accident he would have left a note.

Brnovich and his backers asked voters to throw the state's top law enforcement officer out of office, saying Horne "created a culture of corruption within the attorney general's office."

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