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DuVal concedes; Ducey is Arizona’s next governor

  • Doug Ducey speaking at the Arizona Republican Party 2014 election victory party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix.
    Gage Skidmore/FlickrDoug Ducey speaking at the Arizona Republican Party 2014 election victory party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix.

Republican Doug Ducey will be Arizona’s next governor. With Ducey holding a commanding lead, Democrat Fred DuVal conceded the race Tuesday night.

DuVal in his concession speech said he was proud of his campaign, calling it unprecedented.

“I have been moved by the opportunity and the experience,” he said.

Ducey, the state treasurer and a former executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery, has narrowly led in the polls.

Ducey ran on a platform of encouraging small businesses and creating jobs. DuVal was an aide to former Gov. Bruce Babbitt and served on Arizona Board of Regents.

Ducey will replace Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who faced term limits.

Ducey will be Arizona's first male governor in 17 years. Before Brewer, Janet Napolitano led the state before stepping down to become the secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to that, Jane Hull served as governor, beginning in 1997 when Fife Symington was forced out of office amid scandal.

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