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Three write-in candidates make general election ballot

Republicans seeking Legislative District One Senate and House seats will have some general election competition after all.

And the 1st Congressional District race will have a Libertarian on the ballot.

Three of the four primary election write-in candidates seeking to make the Nov. 4 general election ballot in the LD-1 and CD-1 races were successful, according to unofficial final results. The results are available at

Yavapai County elections officials completed and posted final unofficial results from the Sept. 2 primary election at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Combined with results from other counties already posted on the Arizona Secretary of State's website by Tuesday afternoon, the following three candidates got enough votes to join the general election ballot:

• CD-1: Libertarian Thane Eichenauer of Phoenix, which is outside of the CD-1 boundary. The law does not require congressional candidates to live in the district. He will face Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick of Flagstaff, Republican Sydney Hay of Munds Park/Scottsdale, and Independent Brent Maupin of the Village of Oak Creek.

• LD-1 Senate: Democrat Pat Chancerelle of Prescott, who owns a business that sells medical devices, will face Republican Steve Pierce of Prescott, who beat incumbent Tom O'Halleran in the primary.

• LD-1 House of Representatives: Democrat Dennis Grittner of Prescott Valley, a retired webmaster, will face Republican incumbents Lucy Mason of Prescott and Andy Tobin of Paulden. Two seats are available.

The unofficial final tally shows Democrat Ed Gogek of Prescott just nine votes short of the 308 votes he needs to get on the general ballot.

To get on the general election ballot, write-in candidates need to register with elections officials and then get enough votes to equal the number of signatures they would have needed on nomination petitions if they had gone that route. Grittner garnered 995 votes and Chancerelle got 1,023.

LD-1 Democratic candidates all needed 308 votes, while Eichenauer needed only 14 votes, according to the Secretary of State Office. He got at least 18 votes in three counties by Tuesday afternoon.

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