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Republican Bob Thorpe bows out of Arizona Senate race

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 20:28:20-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe is dropping his bid for a state Senate seat.

The Flagstaff lawmaker plans to run instead for the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.

Thorpe is barred by term limits from running for another term in the House. He'd hoped to trade places with Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen, which is common for lawmakers from the same party when one is term-limited. But Allen has declined to run for the House and is looking to hold onto her Senate seat.

Two other Republicans are also seeking the Senate seat.

Thorpe tells the Arizona Capitol Times that running in the hotly contested primary would take resources that should be spent in a general election. Democrats are aggressively targeting the sprawling district in Northern and Eastern Arizona.