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Arizona Supreme Court reaffirms that Sen. Wendy Rogers' primary opponent stays on ballot

A Supreme Court panel affirmed Thursday that state Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) will have to face a fellow Republican lawmaker, Rep. David Cook (R-Globe), in the primary election.

Rogers claimed that Cook did not turn in enough valid signatures he needed to qualify for the ballot. She also accused his circulators of forging signatures. 

Superior Court Judge John Blanchard did throw out a few hundred of Cook’s signatures, but affirmed he still had more than enough to qualify. Rogers appealed to the Supreme Court ,which also ruled that Cook is still eligible. 

Cook celebrated the decision once again.

“I’m really excited that the people of District 7 is actually going to have a real choice in who represents them and their communities,” he said.

Neither the Superior Court nor the Supreme Court determined that the circulators committed forgery.

Cook and Rogers will face off in the July 30 senate primary election for Legislative District 7 which encompasses part of Coconino, Gila, Navajo and Pinal counties.

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Camryn Sanchez is a field correspondent at KJZZ covering everything to do with state politics.