Unofficial primary results: Ortega, Borowksy lead Scottsdale mayoral race

Scottsdale primary election reveals front runners

Posted 8/5/20

As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Scottsdale mayoral race remains tight as David Ortega and Lisa Borowsky have both earned 21% of all votes, unofficial results show. Mr. Ortega is denoted as the …

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Unofficial primary results: Ortega, Borowksy lead Scottsdale mayoral race

Scottsdale primary election reveals front runners

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As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Scottsdale mayoral race remains tight as David Ortega and Lisa Borowsky have both earned 21% of all votes, unofficial results show. Mr. Ortega is denoted as the contest winner by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

Also, mayoral candidates Bob Littlefield and Virginia Korte appear to be neck-and-neck, with less than 50 votes between the two.

In the City Council race, Betty Janik, Tammy Caputi and John Little received the most votes out of the nine candidates vying for three seats.

The Aug. 4 primary election will determine who moves on to the Nov. 3 general election.

The Maricopa County Elections Department posted unofficial results at 8 p.m. for the 2020 primary election, updating throughout the week until all 99 precincts counted their ballots. 

For the mayor’s race, unofficial results show:

  • David Ortega: 13,625 votes, or 21%
  • Lisa Borowsky: 13,288 votes, or 21%
  • Bob Littlefield: 12,838 votes or 20%
  • Virginia Korte: 12,826 votes, or 20%
  • Suzanne Klapp: 11,157 votes or 18%.

There were 66,738 ballots cast, the county’s data shows, with a turnout of 38.30%.

For Scottsdale City Council’s race, three seats were up for election with nine candidates running. Councilman Guy Phillips was the only incumbent in the race.

The unofficial results show:

  • Betty Janik: 27,891 votes, or 17%
  • Tammy Caputi: 26,786 votes, or 16%
  • John Little: 23,157 votes, or 14%
  • Tom Durham: 22,705 votes, or 14%
  • Guy Phillips: 14,641 votes, or 9%
  • Becca Linnig: 14,128 votes, or 9%
  • Bill Crawford: 13,488 votes, or 8%
  • Michael Auerbach: 11,892 votes, or 7%
  • Kevin Maxwell: 11,171 votes, or 7%.

To be elected at the primary election, a candidate must receive a majority of all of the legal votes cast --- calculated through a mathematical formula --- for that candidate’s race.

According to the City Charter, the majority of legal votes cast is determined by:

  1. Dividing the total number of legal votes cast in each candidate’s race by the number of seats to be filled;
  2.  Dividing that number in half;
  3.  Rounding to the next highest whole number.

This is the first primary election --- used to narrow the field of candidates --- Scottsdale has held since 2014. The methods employed to determine the outcome of the primary can vary by jurisdiction.

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