Mitchell claims victory in GOP primary for Maricopa County attorney, Godbehere concedes

Rachel Mitchell declared herself the winner in the GOP primary for Maricopa County Attorney.
Rachel Mitchell declared herself the winner in the GOP primary for Maricopa County Attorney.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 9:56 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — It appears Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has overcome another hurdle in keeping her job as the county’s top prosecutor. She claimed victory in the GOP primary for the nomination on Wednesday night. “I am honored that voters have recognized my commitment to protecting our neighborhoods, leading with courage and integrity, and following the rule of law,” Mitchell said in a tweet. She also said her opponent, Gina Godbehere, called her to congratulate her. Godbehere tweeted her thanks to her supporters and her congratulations to Mitchell. “Although it wasn’t the result we wanted, I am proud of our race. I was humbled by all your help, support & prayers,” she said. “Wishing [Mitchell] all the best in Nov.” Mitchell has 192,873 votes compared to Godbehere’s 138,976 as of Wednesday night. There are more than 147,000 ballots still to be tallied.

Thursday update: Since Mitchell is proclaiming victory and Godbehere conceded, Arizona’s Family is predicting Mitchell will be the nominee.

Mitchell is already looking ahead to the General Election. She said she’s a 30-year prosecutor who is tough on sex offenders and other criminals and criticized her opponent, Democrat Julie Gunnigle. “My opponent in the general election is a Chicago lawyer who spends more time as a political activist than a practicing attorney and who openly admits she won’t uphold the law,” Mitchell said, referencing Gunnigle saying earlier this year she wouldn’t enforce an abortion ban. Gunnigle was uncontested on the Democratic side.