PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard fell in his bid to become governor Tuesday, losing to Republican Jan Brewer.

Brewer had a 15-percentage point lead over Goddard with about half of the precincts reporting, and The Associated Press declared the race a Brewer victory.

Brewer became governor after Janet Napolitano was appointed Secretary of Homeland Security by President Barack Obama in 2009. Brewer had been serving as the secretary of state.

For the moment, Goddard won't be following in his father's shoes. Sam Goddard was the state's governor from 1965-67, and Goddard has now run unsuccessfuly for governor three times.

Goddard has been attorney general since 2002. He was very popular with voters in his 2006 re-election campaign, earning more than 60 percent of the vote against opponent Bill Montgomery.

Goddard is also a former mayor of Phoenix.

From Legal Newsline: Reach John O'Brien by e-mail at jobrienwv@gmail.com.

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