Captain Rick: A Straw Poll in Arizona surprisingly places Andrew Thomas in first place…well ahead of the rest of the Republican contenders…in the race for Governor.
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has filed nominating petitions to get on the Republican ballot as a governor’s candidate in the August 26 primary.
Thomas filed nearly twice the required number of signatures Thursday needed to qualify for the ballot. He also turned in more than enough $5 contributions to qualify for more than $750,000 in public funding for his primary bid.
Thomas promised to crack down on illegal immigration. He touted his success in doing that during his tenure as a prosecutor.
An unannounced straw poll was conducted Thursday evening at the Executive Guidance Committee meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. The EGC is composed of 30 members, including 20 District Chairmen, 5 members-at-large and 5 officers. Republican guests can attend and cast ballots. In total, 40 people were eligible to vote.
County Chairman A. J. LaFaro announced the results of the “no advance notice” poll on statewide candidates:
Andrew Thomas: 16
Ken Bennett: 7
Frank Riggs: 7
Doug Ducey: 5
Christine Jones: 2
Scott Smith: …
Al Melvin: …
U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, not in the governor’s race, garnered a single write-in vote.
SECRETARY of STATE:
Wil Cardon: 19
Justin Pierce: 15
Michele Reagan: 4
Mark Brnovich: 19
Tom Horne: 17
Jeff DeWit: 26
Randy Pullen: 9
Hugh Hallman: 4
SUPERINTENDENT of PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:
Diane Douglas: 35
John Huppenthal: 4
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