Incumbent State Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal lost his bid for reelection in tonight's Republican primary.
With almost 70 percent of precincts reporting, results show Huppenthal with about 41 percent of the vote and opponent Diane Douglas with about 57 percent.
At tonight's Republican primary results party, Huppenthal said he plans to support Douglas in her bid for the seat. He cited "vociferous opposition" as the reason for his loss, but said he does not believe his controversial blog posts had anything to do with his defeat. He cited Common Core as the key issue in this election. "It swamped all these other things," he said.
In the Democratic primary, ASU education professor David Garcia claimed victory over opponent Sharon Thomas, a teacher.
Garcia expressed confidence about his chances in the general election. In a press release, he called Douglas "a single-issue candidate, described by the Arizona Republic as having a depth of knowledge about education that 'rivals a cardboard cutout.'"
Huppenthal said he plans to use the time he has left in office to "create a smooth transition for whoever comes after me."
"I've been working really hard at the Department of Education, and that's what I'm going to do for the next four months," he said.
Huppenthal said it's too early for him to decide whether he will run for office in the future.
Got a tip? Send it to: Ashley Cusick.
Follow Valley Fever on Twitter at @ValleyFeverPHX.
Follow Ashley Cusick on Twitter at @AshleyBCusick.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.