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Arizona primaries: David Garcia wins Democratic nomination for governor

Posted at 8:35 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 01:47:28-04

Arizona Democrats have made their choice for who will represent their party on the November ballot for governor.

According to the Associated Press, David Garcia has won the Democratic Party's nomination, defeating state Senator Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer, the former CEO of the YWCA Southern Arizona.

Garcia will face Governor Doug Ducey, who was named the Republican Party's nomination winner earlier this evening.

FULL COVERAGE: Arizona primary election results

Garcia emphasizes increasing funds for public schools and establishing more sustainable energy sources. He's a professor at the education school at Arizona State University and a fourth-generation Arizona resident.

Garcia has also pointed out the historical relevance of his candidacy: A Latino hasn't won statewide office in Arizona since Gov. Raul Castro was elected in 1974.

Garcia emerged as the front-runner in the primary this summer. The Republican Governors Association already as aired attack ads against Garcia linking him to calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.