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Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:20 pm | Updated: 4:29 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Democratic Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Republican Secretary of State Jan Brewer were easily beating back challenges Tuesday to win their second four-year terms.

In early returns, Goddard, 59, held a substantial lead over former prosecutor Bill Montgomery.

“It’s been a very positive campaign,” Goddard said. “I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow on the important issues.”

Goddard campaigned on his record of fighting methamphetamine abuse and production, prosecuting immigrant smugglers and polygamists, and going after big business, including Wal-Mart, mortgage lender Ameriquest, drug companies and auto dealers.

Brewer, 62, a former state lawmaker and county supervisor, was easily defeating Democrat Israel Torres. She touted her implementation of federal election changes and new voter requirements, including voter identification.

In other statewide races:

Voters were filling two seats on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission. Commissioner Kris Mayes, a Republican, held a slim lead in early returns in her bid to win a second term. Mesa GOP Rep. Gary Pierce was edging out Sierra Vista Democrat Richard Boyer to fill the seat vacated by Marc Spitzer, who was appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July.

Sen. Dean Martin, R-Phoenix, appeared to be squeezing by college instructor Rano Singh of Phoenix for state treasurer.

New state mine inspector Joe Hart, a former state lawmaker and miner who ran unopposed, will replace Doug Martin.

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