Elections

Primary Day 2014: Bums Bounced, Dems Given Openings to Exploit

Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics.

A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election.

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second-place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was anticipated, though the severity of the trouncing -- a 14-point spread for Ducey -- was not, even for Ducey, who called it a "pleasant surprise" during one post-primary interview.