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AZ 2018 General election: Wed. morning musings

Posted by on | November 7, 2018 | No Comments

In a tight race U. S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD 2) with 99% of the precincts reporting, has been victorious over radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema as the two battled for the U.S. Senate seat left open when Jeff Flake polled too low to realistically campaign for reelection.

 Gov. Doug Ducey trounced Democrat David Garcia, who ran on the preposterous issues of raising taxes, doing away with ICE agents and not completing the border wall.

The race for AZ Secretary of State, next in line of succession to the governor, has Republican Steve Gaynor comfortably leading Democrat Katie Hobbs.

GOP incumbent Attorney General Mark Brnovich maintained an easy edge over January Contreras. 

Republican Kimberly Yee, a former state senator, leads the Democrat in the state treasurer’s race by over 10 points. She’s a shining star who was tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Frank Riggs, the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, holds a 6,720 vote lead over his Democrat opponent.

Although the Hillary-endorsing newspaper advised its remaining readers to split the Corporation Commission ticket between one Democrat and one Republican, the advice was disregarded, and both Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman took the two spots on the utility rate regulating commission.

Being behind a smear campaign didn’t help Kate Brophy McGee (R-LD 28). Her devious scheme backfired. She barely squeaked into the state senate, running neck-in-neck with the Democrat. Too slick by half, Brophy McGee’s unconscionable actions, aided and abetted by the AZ GOP hierarchy, resulted in a Democrat win over Maria Syms, the well-qualified conservative House incumbent. McGee’s cohort Kathy Pappas Petsas came in dead last.

Arizona now has nine Congressional Districts and the breakdown favors the well-funded Democrats who were boosted by out-of-state financiers, such as liberal activist Tom Steyer, shoveling mega $millions into liberal campaigns.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 are now blue, while Rep. Paul Gosar (CD-4), Rep. Andy Biggs (CD-5), Rep. David Schweikert, (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko, (CD-8) held their Republican seats. This election should prove that we can take nothing for granted. The Dems are angry and energized. We can no longer think putting a yard sign in our lawn three weeks before an election is enough.

Nationally, with the tireless aid of Pres. Trump, Republicans won Senate seats in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota to maintain an advantage. The House, however, picked up Dem seats, which will be problematic. Trump’s campaigning on their behalf helped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis win. Republicans also won the governors’ races in Iowa and the key state of Ohio — a state that is crucial in presidential elections.

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