PHOENIX — Two Republican candidates for Arizona governor in an already crowded field could have a critical advantage thanks to support close to home.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports (http://bit.ly/1jWCfT1) that with at least seven contenders in the Republican primary in August, a candidate could require as little as 14 percent of the vote to win.
The low figures mean Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Secretary of State Ken Bennett could get a significant geographical boost because of their name recognition locally.
Political observers say Smith has strong name identification in Mesa and its surrounding suburbs.
They say Bennett has a great deal of support from Prescott and Yavapai County, where he started out politically.
But others say some conservatives may not flock to Smith, who is viewed as moderate.