Horne concedes Republican attorney general primary

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Despite technical difficulties in two Arizona counties, Attorney General Tom Horne has conceded the Republican primary.

"I have just called Mark Brnovich to congratulate him on his victory in the Republican primary," Horne said in a written statement. "His supporters and campaign deserve congratulations as well."

The Secretary of State's Office said that some votes out of Yavapai County were not recorded due to a software glitch. The county is using new equipment and apparently ran into a technical problem sending out results.

The issue was resolved by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Cochise County experienced technical difficulties with Tuesday's tabulation of ballots, according to a press release from the Secretary of State's Office.

Previously posted results for Cochise County have been removed from the Secretary of State's election reporting system and the county is working on a resolution.

Fewer than 26,000 votes separated Horne and Brnovich when the race was called Tuesday night.

Horne conceded late Wednesday morning and said Brnovich has his support.

"Mark has a tough race ahead, and I wish him the best and off my full support in the months to come," the statement said. "It has been my sincere honor to serve the people of Arizona."

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