Voters elect Bennett to Arizona's No. 2 position

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Republican Ken Bennett will continue as the secretary of state for Arizona.

Bennett defeated Democrat Chris Deschene in Tuesday's election. Bennett was appointed the state's chief elections officer last year when Jan Brewer became governor.

Early results showed Bennett with 59 percent of the vote with half of precincts reporting.

Bennett campaigned on what he said was a diversity of experience that included eight years in the Legislature and stints on the Prescott City Council and state Board of Education. He's also a businessman.

Bennett says he wants to review the voting system to make it more secure and convenient for Arizonans. That could include making ballots available from all precincts in a county at voting centers.

Deschene had questioned Bennett's ability to properly vet candidates.

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