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Arizona election: Governor Doug Ducey wins Republican primary

Posted at 8:26 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 23:38:19-04

Arizona's incumbent governor will get a shot at another term.

After facing the somewhat unusual situation of the state's highest-ranking elected Republican having to deal with a primary challenger, Governor Doug Ducey will head to the general election, according to an Associated Press race projection.

FULL COVERAGE: Arizona primary election results

Ducey's opposition, Ken Bennett, who served as a state legislator and Arizona Secretary of State from 2009 to 2015, said he was running to give voters an alternative. Bennett said that in their first matchup Ducey only received one-third of the vote in the six-way 2014 primary.

Ducey's re-election bid has focused on border security and job creation. He's touted the new law enforcement collaboration effort called the Border Strike Force as well as multiple companies who've located in Arizona during his first term.

Ducey has faced criticism from some elements within the GOP for his handling of the Red for Ed protests, saying the governor gave in to teachers' demands.

Ducey will head to the general election, where he will face either state Senator Steve Farley, David Garcia or Kelly Fryer, who are vying for the Democratic nomination.