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Observations regarding yesterday's primary:

Gabby Giffords' election-night party was way more rockin' than Randy Graf's. Not saying that's gonna make the difference come November, but it's clear that the GOP is gonna need a lot more counseling than the Democrats are.

As we've noted previously in The Skinny, Clean Elections is empowering the GOP's right-wing more than anybody else, as demonstrated up in Legislative District 26, where Cap'n Al Melvin took out Toni Hellon, and David Jorgenson grabbed an open seat. Something tells us that the architects of Clean Elections didn't have that in mind.

Local Democrats remain in denial over the real impact of Clean Elections and hope that their LD26 candidates now have a better chance in November. Yes, and Iraq will soon be a functioning democracy. In the meantime, Hellon's defeat means a setback for Sen. Tim Bee's push to become Senate President. Bad news for Southern Arizona.

Campaign organization beat out name recognition in almost every showdown yesterday. Giffords beat Weiss. Drake beat Sweeney. Munsil beat Goldwater. Melvin beat Hellon.

We'll be poking around the corpse of the body electorate more in next week's dead-plant edition.

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