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Napolitano, Salmon advance in race for AZ governor, come out fighting<BR>

Matt Salmon

Voters would have a "very clear choice" between himself and Napolitano, "a very liberal lawyer with a very different record," Salmon said.

"In my public service, I've always stood with leaders like Ronald Reagan, John McCain, Jon Kyl and George W. Bush but somebody else in this race owes her political career to Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and Al Gore," Salmon said.

Clinton appointed Napolitano as U.S. attorney for Arizona.

Napolitano and Salmon will face independent Richard Mahoney and a Libertarian in the general election. Barry Hess had a slight lead over Gary Fallon in the Libertarian race with 90 percent of precincts reporting as of early today.

Also with just less than 97 percent of precincts reporting:

• Napolitano had just less than 58 percent of the Democratic vote. She beat former Senate majority leader Alfredo Gutierrez, physician and ballot-drive organizer Mark Osterloh and physician Mike Newcomb.

• Salmon had nearly 56 percent of the GOP vote. He defeated Secretary of State Betsey Bayless and state Treasurer Carol Springer for the Republican banner.

Gutierrez, the Democratic runner-up, said he would not endorse any of the remaining candidates because none have pledged to avoid deep budget cuts in essential services by raising taxes.

Bayless was the second-place finisher in the Republican race. Asked whether she would endorse Salmon, Bayless said she wouldn't do so before meeting with him to discuss her concerns about education, economic expansion and fixing state government.

"My involvement in this race and my ideas will make Arizona a better place," Bayless said.

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