Thomas concedes in AG primary

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas conceded Tuesday to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne in the Republican primary for Arizona attorney general.

Thomas says it was clear that Horne had won the race.

"It's been an exciting race and even more exciting finish, but it's clear that Tom Horne has won the Republican nomination," Thomas said. "As I promised during the campaign, I hereby endorse him and wish him the best in the general election."

Horne had a 887-vote lead over Thomas.

Horne now faces Democrat Felecia Rotellini, a former state financial regulator, in the Nov. 2 general election.

Rotellini's top Democratic rival, state Rep. David Lujan, conceded the race Thursday.

Rotellini had a 2,417-vote edge over Lujan.