/ Modified jun 12, 2012 8:30 a.m.

Fewer Candidates Seek Legislative Seats

Uncertainty about new district lines, increased competitiveness cited

By The Associated Press

Fewer candidates are competing for seats in the Arizona Legislature this year compared to two years ago.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office shows filings made by 183 candidates to run for 90 legislative seats.

The Arizona Republic says in its own analysis the number of candidates has decreased 28 percent from 2010.

Campaign consultants say reasons for the lower turnout include uncertainty about new political boundaries resulting from redistricting.

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which redrew the state's 30 legislative districts, cites increasing competition as one of the criteria.

There are 10 candidates running unopposed this year, according the secretary of state. That was the case for nine candidates in the last election cycle.

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