Republican political newcomer Steve Gaynor explains why he doesn't like several major election laws that make it easier to vote, during a debate with Secretary of State Michele Reagan on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off."

Gaynor and Reagan are competing in the GOP primary for Arizona secretary of state, the state's top elections official and first in the line of succession to the governor's office.

In each of the last four decades, an Arizona governor has left office early and was succeeded by the secretary of state.

Polling shows Gaynor, the owner of a printing business, is the front-runner, largely the result of Reagan's troubled record in office and Gaynor's spending up to $1 million on TV ads attacking Reagan.

Also during the debate:

  • Reagan answers for several major mistakes during her four years in office.
  • Both candidates say whether they believe illegal voting is a major issue. President Donald Trump has claimed there were 3 million illegal votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.
  • We get the candidates' three-point agenda should they assume office as governor in the middle of their term.
  • In a web-only segment, I ask the candidates whether they would uphold the 15th Amendment's right to vote.

The winner of the Aug. 28 primary will face Democratic State Sen. Katie Hobbs in the November general election.

"Sunday Square Off" airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd.

How would Gaynor make it tougher to vote?

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Political newcomer Steve Gaynor explains why he doesn't like several major election laws that make it easier to vote.

Reagan defends troubled tenure as top elections official

Secretary of State Michele Reagan makes the case for returning her to office despite several major mistakes during her first term.

Is Trump right about 'millions' of illegal voters?

'Sunday Square Off' moderator Brahm Resnik asks the GOP candidates for secretary opf state Both candidates say whether they believe illegal voting is a major issue. President Donald Trump has claimed there were 3 million illegal votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

What if the governor left office and you took over

We get the GOP secretary of state candidates' three-point agenda should they assume office as governor in the middle of their term. In each of the last four decades, an Arizona governor has left office early and was succeeded by the secretary of state.

Square Off web exclusive: Will candidates defend voting rights?

In this web-only extra segment of Sunday Square Off, moderator Brahm Resnik asks the two Republican primary candidates for secretary of state whether they would uphold the 15th Amendment's right to vote. Incumbent Michele Reagan has come under fire for elections failures. Political newcomer Steve Gaynor, the owner of a printing business, has said he would change several elections laws.