Mark Brnovich stared down a challenge and won the Republican nomination for Arizona Attorney General in Tuesday primaries.
Brnovich, a Phoenix lawyer, is a former state gaming department director. Gov. Jan Brewer had endorsed him for the job. He is an experienced prosecutor.
"We really need to restore integrity to the attorney general's office," Brnovich told CBS 5 News after his nomination. "We need an attorney general fully engaged, and that's my promise and commitment."
Incumbent Tom Horne ran on a solid record of accomplishments as the state's top law enforcement official. He had urged voters to consider his two Supreme Court wins against the Obama administration, expanded consumer protections and his fight against child sex trafficking.
Horne, who said he would not do any interviews Wednesday, conceded to Brnovich just before noon Wednesday.
"I have just called Mark Brnovich to congratulate him on his victory in the Republican primary," Horne said in a statement sent to the media. "His supporters and campaign deserve congratulations as well.
"Mark has a tough race ahead, and I wish him the best and off my full support in the months to come.
"It has been my sincere honor to serve the people of Arizona," Horne said.
Horne battled years of campaign finance allegations, which he said are false. Horne's legal problems cost him support among the GOP establishment.
Brnovich will square off in November's election against Felecia Rotellini, a Phoenix lawyer, who ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.
Rotellini faced her supporters Tuesday night. "I'm on the trail every day. We're going to be in every corner of this state. And we're going to tell our story and your story to everybody we can," she said.
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