Losing in a
bruising six-way race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, former Mesa Mayor
Scott Smith thanked family, friends and supporters at his primary night
campaign celebration for his strong second-place finish.  Afterwards, Smith told the Arizona News Radio
Network that he is sorry he lost but this is not the end, hinting at some
future effort at political office.
admits his campaign message of moderation might not have played well to primary
voters but he wants to see a general election campaign focused on solutions,
not problems.  Smith’s supporters say
that he was not aggressive enough in getting his message and his record out to
voters and that his opponents outspent him but they, too, are looking forward
to whatever Smith has planned next. 
Smith lost despite a much-anticipated late endorsement from lame-duck Governor
Jan Brewer, who did not attend and instead celebrated former State Treasurer Doug
Ducey’s victory in Phoenix.  Smith says
he wishes Ducey well in his race for Governor against Democrat Fred Duval in November.

 – John Turner Gilliland