Republican AG nominee Brnovich confident coming off primary win over Horne

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Despite a software glitch that left some votes out of Yavapai County unrecorded, Mark Brnovich is confident that his lead over Attorney General Tom Horne will hold and that he will face will face Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the general election in November.

Although The Associated Press called the race in Brnovich's favor Tuesday night, Horne has yet to concede.

Brnovich told 3TV's Javier Soto that he is not sure what to make of that.

"I always used to say, 'I can't control what Mr. Horne says or does,' and the same thing applies this morning," Brnovich said Wednesday morning. "You know, the numbers are what the numbers are. You can't change the laws of physics or the laws of mathematics.

"We're very proud and happy about the way we ran our campaign," he continued. "We're confident that there's no reason why the numbers shouldn't show up. It is 6 percent."

Current numbers have Brnovich winning with 53 percent of the vote, but fewer than 26,000 votes separated him and Horne.

If the numbers hold the way Brnovich and his team expect, it will be the first time in 12 years that an incumbent has been voted out of office in a primary election, which is quite a feat for a political newcomer.

"It really is fairly unprecedented when you take on an incumbent in your own party," Brnovich said. "I'm just so happy and ecstatic that we were able to come through. … Sometimes it happens. Sometimes you shake up the world, and we shook up the political world here."

Brnovich believes his lack of political experiences works in his favor.

"I just think folks are really tired of the career politicians, and politicians across the political spectrum saying one thing and doing another thing," he said. "As Arizonans, especially in the Attorney General's Office, so many issues facing us aren't issues of right and left. They're issues of right and wrong.

"We really need to have that office get back to doing what it's supposed to be doing, and that's protecting the most vulnerable people in our society," he continued.

Brnovich is now turning his focus to beating Rotellini in November, and he is confident that he can prevail.

"When folks got to hear my message, got to meet me, the response was overwhelming," he said. "When you look at my past, my record as being both a federal and state prosecutor, being the director of a think tank, working as the state gaming director for the last 4.5 years, working to keep our community safe while being fiscally responsible … I would challenge anyone to say that I'm not the best-qualified and capable person to be our next attorney general."

Brnovich believes his message, with what he calls "Arizona values," will continue to resonate with voters.

He also said that support from political heavyweights like Gov. Jan Brewer, former Sen. Jon Kyl, Congressman Trent Franks and County Attorney Bill Montgomery was essential to his win over Horne and will also be critical as he goes forward.

"It would have been impossible to achieve this [without them]," he said. "Really, we needed the help of everyone we could get and we're going to need that for the general election, as well."