GOP secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem chats with Republican gubenatorial nominee Kari Lake earlier this year.

PHOENIX — The Republican nominee to become the state’s chief elections officer is someone who has publicly denied that Joe Biden actually won the popular vote here in 2020 — and someone who said he might not certify the results of the 2024 presidential race.

Results Wednesday showed state Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley with about a 15-point lead over businessman Beau Lane, his closest competitor, in the secretary of state primary election, enough to clinch the election. Trailing further back were state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who last year had proposed allowing the legislature to override the popular vote for president, and Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita who, while not denying the results of the 2020 race, has raised questions about how it was run.

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