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Six-way race for Arizona governor

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Christine Jones; Doug Ducey; Scott Smith Christine Jones; Doug Ducey; Scott Smith
Six Republicans are vying for the party's nomination to replace outgoing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
 
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and state Treasurer Doug Ducey are considered the front-runners and have spent recent weeks trying to win over independent voters, who are the state's largest voting bloc and can request either party's primary ballot.
 
Smith has cast himself as a pragmatic Republican like Brewer, one of the most popular politicians in the state. Brewer is backing Smith and campaigned with him in the lead-up to the primary. As a former developer, Smith ran on his record as Mesa Mayor.  He struck a more moderate tone and pointed to his efforts to attract Apple to Mesa and keep the Chicago Cubs spring training base in his city.
 
Ducey is the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream chain. He ran for state treasurer in 2010 and easily topped the Democratic nominee by more than 10 points.  He lined up many supporters in the Republican establishment and the business community, hoping that will propel him past a group of fellow conservatives.

Christine Jones, a former Internet executive and corporate lawyer at GoDaddy, where she made her fortune, crisscrossed the state, running an outsider campaign with a series of television commercials.

Ken Bennett campaigned on his long career in state government, including his service as Secretary of State.

Also in the race: former U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs and Andrew Thomas, the disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney.
 
The GOP victor will face former Board of Regents member Fred DuVal.

This is a developing story.  Stay with FOX 10 News for updates and head to fox10phoenix.com/elections for more coverage on the Arizona Primary election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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