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Primary leaves Huppenthal and Horne as lame ducks in office

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Tuesday's primary election set up the races for the general election this November, but it also left two powerful offices with 'lame ducks' in charge.

Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Education John Hupenthal were both defeated by Republican challengers. However, they still hold office until the November general election.

"(A) lame duck is a person who is holding the office and not coming back to that office and it's made even more pronounced if that person was running for reelection and was rejected. That's what we have with two Republican state office holders," said Stan Barnes, a political analyst.

Barnes does not expect Hupenthal or Horne to make any inappropriate decisions during their last few months in office. Though both Hupenthal and Horne faced scandals while in office, Barnes says their ousting may be good for the GOP come November.

"The most disappointed people last night in the Hupenthal race and the Horne race are their Democratic opponents. They wanted to face those weakened Republicans. That's not going to happen. So the Republicans have a rebirth and a shot of winning those races with two good candidates," said Barnes. 

Diane Douglas won the Republican nominee for Superintendent of Education. Mark Brnovich takes the GOP spot for Attorney General.

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