Republicans choose their candidates
By From staff reports
Published in News on July 18, 2012 1:46 PM
Republicans decided nominees for three statewide offices in Tuesday's second primary, while Democrats resolved one race left unsettled from the first primary in June.
Dan Forest won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, defeating Tony Gurley 101,391 votes (68 percent) to 47,971 (32 percent). He will face Democrat Linda Coleman in November.
In the GOP runoff for insurance commissioner, Mike Causey received 80,689 votes (57 percent) to 59,902 (43 percent) for Richard Morgan to win the nomination. He will face incumbent Democrat George W. Goodwin in November.
Ed Goodwin won the Republican nomination for secretary of state and will face incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall in the general election. Goodwin received 74,234 votes (54 percent) to 62,038 votes (46 percent) for Kenn Gardner.
John Tedesco won the GOP nod for superintendent of public instruction, with 75,352 votes (54 percent) to 63,109 (46 percent) for Richard Alexander. Tedesco will face Democrat incumbent June Atkinson in November.
In the only Democratic second primary, John Brooks had 31,208 votes (54 percent) to 26,419 (46 percent) for Marlowe Foster to win the nomination for labor commissioner, Brooks will challenge Republican incumbent Cherie Berry in November.
Former Rep. Don Davis fell short in his bid to serve in the Senate, losing to Ronald Rabin in the 12th District seat. Rabin received 52 percent of the vote.
The results are unofficial until the vote canvass.