/ Modified aug 4, 2022 7:59 p.m.

Adrian Fontes wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

The former Maricopa County recorder will face state Rep. Mark Finchem in the general election.

Adrian Fontes Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, April 2017.
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Former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has won the Democratic nomination for Arizona secretary of state.

Additional returns released Thursday night show Fontes is so far ahead of House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding that remaining ballots give Bolding no chance to catch up.

He will face Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem in November.

Finchem is a supporter of former President Donald Trump who believes the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from him and was at Trump's Jan, 6, 2021, rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Both Bolding and Fontes have warned that electing Finchem to the state’s top election post would be a danger to democracy.

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