Uncontested primaries mean no surprises in Tucson voting
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Uncontested primaries mean no surprises in Tucson voting

With not a single contested race on the ballot, combined with Tucson's vote-by-mail system, primary day was about as anti-climactic as an election can possibly be. Tuesday, City Council candidates barely even worked to turn out the vote, knowing their electoral fates had already been sealed in envelopes and dropped at the Post Office days or weeks ago.

With no one opposing them in the races to pick party candidates, they knew their fates anyway — to have their names printed on the ballot in November.

About 25 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of Republican voters in the city cast ballots, with the Dems rates boosted by incumbent Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's name at the top of the ticket.

The GOP didn't field a mayoral candidate, and thus had very few voters in wards that didn't have a Council candidate also on the partisan ballots. Only about 1,600 more Republicans cast ballots for mayor than for their three Council candidates. Yet, only 1,798 total votes were written in for a Republican mayoral choice.

Regardless, each of the candidates with their names on the ballot got at least the single vote required to move on to the general election. Here's the tale of the tape:

Turnout

Total votes %
Registered voters - Total 225,105
Registered voters - Democratic Party 92,192 40.96
Registered voters - Republican Party 53,176 23.62
Registered voters - Libertarian Party 1,965 .87
Ballots cast - Total 32,411 32,411
Ballots cast - Democratic Party 22,747 70.18
Ballots cast - Republican Party 9,607 29.64
Ballots cast - Libertarian Party 57 .18
Ballots cast - BLANK 1,088 3.36
Turnout - Total 14.40
Turnout - Democratic Party 24.67
Turnout - Republican Party 18.07
Turnout - Libertarian Party 2.90

DEMOCRATS

Mayor

Total votes %
ROTHSCHILD, JONATHAN 22,068 97.01
Write-in 256 1.13
Over Votes 36 .16
Under Votes 387 1.70
Total 22,747

Council Member - Ward 1

ROMERO, REGINA 3,437 90.83
Write-in 84 2.22
Over Votes 7 .18
Under Votes 256 6.77
Total 3,784

Council Member - Ward 2

CUNNINGHAM, PAUL 4,850 92.38
Write-in 60 1.14
Over Votes 1 .02
Under Votes 339 6.46
Total 5,250

Council Member - Ward 4

SCOTT, SHIRLEY C. 3,125 92.57
Write-in 56 1.66
Over Votes 1 .03
Under Votes 194 5.75
Total 3,376

REPUBLICANS

Mayor

Total votes %
Write-in 1,798 18.72
Over Votes
Under Votes 7,809 81.28
Total 9,607

Council Member - Ward 1

HUNT, BILL 815 96.11
Write-in 15 1.77
Over Votes
Under Votes 18 2.12
Total 848

Council Member - Ward 2

LAWTON, KELLY 4,073 96.38
Write-in 56 1.33
Over Votes 1 .02
Under Votes 96 2.27
Total 4,226

Council Member - Ward 4

BURKHOLDER, MARGARET 2,851 96.74
Write-in 39 1.32
Over Votes 3 .10
Under Votes 54 1.83
Total 2,947

LIBERTARIANS

Mayor

Write-in 40 70.18
Over Votes
Under Votes 17 29.82
Total 57

Council Member - Ward 1

Write-in 5 62.50
Over Votes
Under Votes 3 37.50
Total 8

Council Member - Ward 2

Write-in 4 80.00
Over Votes
Under Votes 1 20.00
Total 5

Council Member - Ward 4

Write-in 6 42.86
Over Votes
Under Votes 8 57.14
Total 14
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