Deschene wins Dem nomination for AZ sec of state

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Freshman lawmaker Chris Deschene has won the Democratic nomination to compete for the job of Arizona's chief elections officer and second in line to the governor.

Deschene, of LeChee on the Navajo Nation, beat former Arizona real estate commissioner Sam Wercinski of Phoenix.

In the Nov. 2 general election, Deschene will go up against Republican Ken Bennett, who has been secretary of state since January 2009. He assumed the job after Jan Brewer was elevated to governor.

The governor's powers go to the secretary of state when the governor is absent from the state. Five secretaries of state have assumed the governorship in Arizona history.

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