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Republicans sweep LD4

PRESCOTT VALLEY -- Legislative District 4 presented no surprises this election season. All three open seats, two in the House and one in the Senate, went to their Republican incumbents.

In the Senate race, Republican Jack Harper eased into his third term by a comfortable margin. He posted a 3-2 lead over his Democratic Challenger Ed Gogek, a Prescott doctor, in Yavapai and Maricopa counties.

With 91.8 percent of all precincts reporting, Harper had 20,619 votes to Gogek's 14,136. Official election results will not be available for a couple days.

"There's no time to celebrate," Harper said two hours after the polls closed Tuesday. "When one race ends, another begins. I'm out taking down the signs right now."

In the House race, Republicans Judy Burges and Tom Boone each received about 30 percent of total votes. Their opponents, Debra Boehlke and Sue Dolphin, both Democrats and political newcomers, collected only about 20 percent, respectively.

With 91.8 percent of all precincts reporting, Boone had 18,627 votes, Burges had 17,933, Boehlke had 12,419 and Dolphin had 11,307.

Burges is entering her second term as a District Four Representative while Boone is entering his third.

"Tomorrow we have to get right at it," Boone said about a noon meeting in Phoenix to elect House leadership. He is vying for House Majority Leader. His primary opponent, Republican Laura Naperek, a District 17 incumbent, is trailing far behind her Democratic challengers.

"There's plenty to do," Boone added. "This is my third term, so I guess I'm doing something right."

According to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, District Four has more than twice as many registered Republicans as it does registered Democrats.

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