'America First' Candidate Finchem Wins GOP Nomination for Arizona Secretary of State

'America First' Candidate Finchem Wins GOP Nomination for Arizona Secretary of State
Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem speaks at a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2021. (Rachel Mummey/Reuters)
Allan Stein

Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem has won the Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state in the Aug. 2 primary election.

Finchem defeated his closest rival, Beau Lane, with 38 percent of the vote. Lane received 26 percent, while state Rep. Shawnna Bolick drew 20 percent, and state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita collected 16 percent.

Finchem, a state House of Representatives member serving District 11 since January 2015, received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement as an "America First" candidate in the Arizona primary.

In the race for the state's top election post, Finchem has made election integrity a cornerstone of his campaign following the disputed 2020 election and forensic audit in Maricopa County.

“At the end of the day, I stand for the rule of law, that nobody has their thumb on the scale of election integrity and election justice,” Finchem told The Epoch Times.

“I want to make sure every candidate, whether they’re Democrat, Republican, Libertarian—I don’t care what party they are—they have a right to be on the ballot if they qualify, and they have a right to be treated fairly under the law.”

Finchem will face former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, in the general election on Nov. 8. Fontes defeated Reginald Bolding 53–47 percent, to win his party’s nomination.

“We’ve got three months of a grueling campaign,” Finchem said.

On the Democratic side, current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs trounced Marco López and Aaron Lieberman with 73 percent of the vote to win the party’s nomination for governor.

In a five-way Republican race for Arizona attorney general, Trump-endorsed "America First" candidate Abe Hamadeh currently leads with 29 percent of the vote, ahead of his closest rival, Rodney Glassman, with 24 percent.

Andrew Gould trails at 18 percent, Dawn Grove at 14 percent, and Lacy Cooper at 9 percent.

In a five-way race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. 2nd Congressional District, Eli Crane enjoys a comfortable lead with 33 percent against his closest opponent, state Rep. Walter Blackman.

Mark DeLuzio currently trails with 18 percent, Andy Yates with 8 percent, and John Moore with 7 percent.

Incumbent Democrat Tom O’Halleran is running unopposed.

In the U.S. 4th District, Kelly Cooper leads in the Republican race with 30 percent of the vote, while Tanya Wheeless is a close second with 25 percent. Dave Giles follows with 19 percent, Rene Lopez with 14 percent, and Jerone Davison with 12 percent.

Incumbent Democrat Greg Stanton ran unchallenged in the primary.

In the 6th District, Republican Juan Ciscomani leads with 46 percent of the vote over Brandon Martin at 21 percent, Kathleen Winn at 17 percent, Young Mayberry with 10 percent, and Lucretia Free at 5 percent.

Kirsten Engel is the projected Democratic winner with 60 percent of the vote, over Daniel Hernandez at 34 percent and Avery Anderson at 6 percent.