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PHOENIX -- Two Republican candidates for Arizona governor in an already crowded field could have a critical advantage thanks to support close to home.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (http://bit.ly/1jWCfT1) that with at least seven contenders in the Republican primary in August, a candidate could require as little as 14 percent of the vote to win.

The low figures mean Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Secretary of State Ken Bennett could get a significant geographical boost because of their name recognition locally.

Political observers say Smith has strong name identification in Mesa and its surrounding suburbs.

They say Bennett has a great deal of support from Prescott and Yavapai County, where he started out politically.

But others say some conservatives may not flock to Smith, who is viewed as moderate.

Associated Press,

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