Douglas Defeats Huppenthal in Republican Primary; Garcia Is Democrats' Nominee

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.

See also: -Garcia Accuses Huppenthal of Flip-Flopping on Common Core

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.

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