|Obama, Flake, Gosar win 2012 General Election|
|Written by Christopher Fox Graham|
|Tuesday, 06 November 2012 06:51|
The 2012 election took place Tuesday, Nov. 6, and all 1,667 precincts in Arizona have reported their numbers.
However, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7, an estimated 602,334 early and provisional ballots statewide have yet to be counted so these results are not final.
Voters who received “conditional provisional” ballots for insufficient identification have until Tuesday, Nov. 13, to return their ballots.
Barack Obama and incumbent Vice President Joseph Biden were reelected, defeating former Massachusetts governor Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan [R-Wis.].
Obama won 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 206 with an additional 29 electoral votes in Florida still too close to call but with Obama leading as of press time. Obama also won the popular vote, 50.3 to 48.1 percent.
Romney won Arizona’s 11 electors with a popular vote of 930,581 to Obama’s 741,236, or 54.61 percent to 43.5 percent. Romney also won Yavapai County 56,479 to 29,049, but Obama won Coconino County 23,250 to 17,200.
In Arizona, third party candidates earned smaller margins: The Green Party’s Jill Stein, Massachusetts physician; and Cheri Honkala, human rights activist, earned 5,300 votes for 0.31 percent.
Libertarian Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, and James P. Gray, former California superior court judge, earned 21,536 votes for 1.26 percent. There were 261 write-ins.
Democrat Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. surgeon general, lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake [R-District 6], a five-term congressman for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl [R-Ariz.]. Flake won 834,206 votes to Carmona’s 754,416, or 50.18 percent to 45.38 percent.
Flake won Yavapai County 50,770 to 29,999. Carmona won Coconino County 22,920 to 15,736.
Libertarian Marc J. Victor, criminal defense and DUI “Attorney for Freedom,” earned 72,227 votes for 4.34 percent.
U.S. Representative District 1
Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, former U.S. District 1 representative and former Sedona city attorney, defeated Republican Jonathan Paton, former Arizona District 30 senator and representative.
The race put Paton into an early lead by as much as 9,000 votes. As rural precincts reported numbers, Kirkpatrick surpassed Paton. By Thursday, Nov. 8, Kirkpatrick won by 7,283 votes, 102,070 to Paton’s 94,787, or 48.77 percent to 45.29 percent.
Paton won Yavapai County 5,801 to 5,316. Kirkpatrick won Coconino County 22,860 to 14,974.
Libertarian Kim Allen, retired construction business owner, earned 12,225 votes, 5.84 percent with 830 votes in Yavapai County and 2,490 in Coconino.
The district covers Sedona and the eastern side of the Verde Valley. Its 55,000 square miles stretches from northern Tucson suburbs to the Utah border and is larger than 24 states.
Paton, however, has yet to concede. At 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, he issued a statement: “Currently, there are reports of tens of thousands of uncounted votes in Pima County alone. In our democracy, it is important that every legally cast vote is counted, and we will continue to monitor the results.”
Late Wednesday, Kirkpatrick had issued a statement on her win, “The voters of District 1 have spoken, and I will never forget that they are the reason I am returning to Congress. I will be deeply honored to represent them again.”
U.S. Representative District 4
Democrat Johnnie Robinson was handily defeated by Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar [R-District 1] 136,318 to 56,979, or 67.2 percent to 28.09 percent. Gosar won Yavapai County 48,194 to 19,942.
Americans Elect candidate Richard Grayson earned 1,913 votes, 749 in Yavapai County. Libertarian candidate Joe Pamelia earned 7,439 votes, 2,569 in Yavapai County.
The district covers the western side of the Verde Valley.
Arizona will send four Republicans and four Democrats to the 113th Congress. Congressional District 2 is still too close to call.
Arizona State Senator District 6
In the battle between two incumbents fighting for a redistricted seat, Democrat Arizona Rep. Tom Chabin [D-District 2] lost to Republican Arizona Rep. Chester Crandell [R-District 5], 32,260 to 37,979, or 45.94 percent to 54 percent.
The Arizona State Senate will be comprised of 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats, who picked up four seats in the election.
Arizona State Representative District 6
Two candidates represent the district in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Republicans Robert J. “Bob” Thorpe, EMT and former Walt Disney and aerospace employee, from Flagstaff, earned 35,981 votes while Arizona Rep. Brenda Barton [R-District 5], former real estate agent, from Safford, earned 34,862 votes.
They defeated their Democratic opponents Angela LeFevre, Sedona Community Plan’s Citizens’ Steering Committee member, from Sedona, who earned 29,443 votes, and Doug Ballard, former city of Chandler director of planning and development, from Parks, who earned 27,916 votes.
The Arizona House of Representatives will be comprised of 36 Republicans and 24 Democrats, who picked up six seats.
Coconino County Supervisor District 3
Democrat Matt Ryan, four-term District 3 supervisor, won a fifth term, defeating independent Jack Darum, former state and Coconino County accountant, 5,528 to 3,113.
Yavapai County Supervisor District 2
Incumbent Republican District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman won reelection with 8,275, defeating independent "Buck" Buchanan 5,500 and S. "Wild Wes", who earned 405 votes.
Yavapai County Supervisor District 3
Republican Arlo G. “Chip” Davis, a four-term District 3 supervisor, ran unopposed.
Camp Verde School District Budget Override
The Sedona-Oak Creek School District failed to win a budget override, falling short, 2,306 votes to 1,465 votes, 61.15 percent to 38.85percent.
Arizona Corporation Commission
Three Republicans won seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission: Robert Burns, Bob Stump and Susan Bitter Smith, who won 718,944, 745,847 and 712,376 votes, respectively.
Democrats Paul Newman, Sandra Kennedy and Marcia Busching won 642,556, 638,000 and 574,913 votes, respectively. Libertarian Christopher Gohl won 79,410 votes while Greens Thomas Meadows won 48,319 votes and Daniel Pout won 40,691 votes.
Yavapai County Officials
Many Yavapai County officials, all registered Republicans, won uncontested races.
They included Superior Court Clerk Sandra Markham, County Assessor Pamela Pearsall, County Attorney Sheila Polk, County Recorder Leslie M. Hoffman, County School Superintendent Tim Carter, Sheriff Scott Mascher, County Treasurer Ross Jacobs and Superior Court Judges Jennifer Campbell, Kenton Jones, Anna Young and Michael Bluff.
■ Proposition 114 prevents criminals from suing victims for injuries sustained while committing or attempting to commit a crime — passed 79.87 percent to 20.13 percent.
■ Proposition 115 would overhaul the state’s judicial system — failed 72.69 percent to 27.31 percent.
■ Proposition 116, the Small Business Job Creation Act, raises machinery exempted from property taxes — failed 56.45 percent to 43.55 percent.
■ Proposition 117 limits taxes on property from rising more than 5 percent per year, even if assessed values rise much faster — passed 56.96 percent to 43.04 percent.
■ Proposition 118 would pay schools at least 2.5 percent from profits earned on interest from the state’s trust fund —failed 50.12 percent to 49.88 percent.
■ Proposition 119 would permit land exchanges to protect encroachment on military installations — passed 61.87 percent to 38.13 percent.
■ Proposition 120 would declare sovereignty over the state’s natural resources and state trust land, usurping federal oversight — failed 67.64 percent to 32.36 percent.
■ Proposition 121, the Open Elections/Open Government “top two” primary proposition —failed 67.14 percent to 32.86 percent.
■ Proposition 204 would renew a 1 percent sales tax increase approved in 2010 to fund education, transportation and health services, keeping the tax rate at 6.6 percent — failed 64.78 percent to 35.22 percent.