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July 11, 2013

GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona

GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona

McSally has filed to run for Congress again. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ret. Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, a Republican, would be locked in a tight race with Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., in the 2nd District, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Barber led McSally by a single point in the survey, 46 percent to 45 percent, released on Thursday evening.

McSally has not officially announced, but she filed a statement of candidacy last week. Last cycle, Barber narrowly defeated McSally by just 2,500 votes. There’s been speculation about a rematch ever since.

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July 8, 2013

Kirkpatrick Gets First GOP Challenger #AZ01

Kirkpatrick Gets First GOP Challenger #AZ01

Kirkpatrick has a GOP challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican state Rep. Adam Kwasman announced today an exploratory committee to challenge Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., a top target for the House GOP in 2014, according to a press release from his new campaign. Full story

July 5, 2013

Sinema Raises $400,000 in Second Quarter

Freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., raised about $400,000 in the second quarter, according to her campaign spokesman.

The campaign does not yet have a final tally, but estimates are that she will come in with $390,000 to $400,000 in quarterly fundraising, with about $550,000 in cash on hand.

She will need the money. The Rothenberg Political Report rates the 9th District as Democrat Favored, but it is situated in the pricey Phoenix media market and a competitive Republican field is already forming.

Possible Sinema challengers include retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, who launched her campaign in March, while former Arizona State University football player Andrew Walter filed his statement of candidacy in April. Businessman Martin Sepulveda and 2012 GOP nominee Vernon Parker are also frequently mentioned contenders.

June 27, 2013

Quayle Rules Out 2014 Run for Anything

Quayle Rules Out 2014 Run for Anything

Quayle said he won't run for office in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., is not running for public office anytime soon — especially next year.

“On the political side, there’s nothing on the radar for me right now,” Quayle told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday phone interview. “2014 is definitely not happening, but who knows what’ll happen sometime down the road.” Full story

May 14, 2013

Who Will Take On Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona? | The Field

The list of Republicans lining up to challenge Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat in the marginally Republican 1st District of Arizona, is remarkably short. Among state and national Republican strategists, only one name emerges.

“All the buzz in CD 1 is centering around Adam Kwasman,” Arizona Republican political consultant Chris DeRose said. He described the field as “coalescing” around Kwasman, a 30-year-old freshman state representative.

DeRose is informally advising Kwasman but said he is not on any campaign payroll. While others worry that Kwasman is too green to challenge Kirkpatrick, he is the only name Republicans mention. Full story

April 24, 2013

McSally Inches Toward Rematch Against Barber #AZ02

McSally Inches Toward Rematch Against Barber #AZ02

McSally came close to beating Barber in 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats got their hopes raised recently that retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally might be recruited to run for Arizona governor or to run to replace Republican Sen. John McCain in 2016 — instead of running for Congress in 2014. But it appears to be much ado about nothing.

Democrats were hoping that remarks McSally made in an amateur online video about Republicans recruiting her for other offices meant she was no longer serious about challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District. McSally nearly defeated Barber in the 2012 general election.

McSally seemed baffled in a phone interview about the Democratic reaction.

“I’m very strongly considering running for Congress,” she said, an almost verbatim comment she made in the video. Full story

April 8, 2013

Arizona: Ex-ASU Quarterback Files to Challenge Sinema

Arizona: Ex ASU Quarterback Files to Challenge Sinema

Sinema has already attracted a couple of GOP challengers. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Arizona State University quarterback Andrew Walter filed a statement of candidacy last week to challenge freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

The Arizona Capitol Times first posted the news on Monday that Walter had formed a campaign committee. He is a credit analyst at MidFirst Bank and an owner at an eponymous LLC, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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March 26, 2013

Napolitano Predicts Arizona Will Become Democratic Stronghold

Napolitano Predicts Arizona Will Become Democratic Stronghold

Napolitano thinks Arizona will transform from a swing state to a Democratic stronghold. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano predicted Arizona will follow its Southwestern neighbors and move from swing-state status to Democratic stronghold as the border state’s demographics continue to change.

On Tuesday, the former Arizona governor told reporters that she is confident her home state will take after Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado in gaining Democratic voters in the coming cycles.

“Arizona will be behind them,” Napolitano said during a discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “I think it will be more purple over time, but ultimately blue.”

In 2012, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., secured his first term with a 3-point margin of victory in a race much closer than many operatives anticipated. Meanwhile, partisan control of the congressional delegation flipped as Democrats won two House seats and Republicans lost one seat. But those gains were also a reflection of a newly redrawn congressional map that favored Democrats.

“It’ll happen, I think,” Napolitano said. “The fact that I could win three straight elections there, I think is indicative that Democrats can win and do win in Arizona.”

In the 2012 elections, Republican Mitt Romney carried Arizona with more than 54 percent of the vote. In John McCain’s failed bid for president in 2008, the GOP senator won his home state with 53 percent.

But the recent presidential elections have been somewhat anomalous, Napolitano said. In 2012, President Barack Obama’s campaign “really didn’t play in Arizona,” and McCain is a “favorite son” back home, she said.

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February 5, 2013

Arizona: State GOP Prepares for Redistricting — in 2022

The Arizona Republican Party announced Tuesday that it has formed a committee of “experts and stakeholders” to prepare for the next redistricting cycle, slated for 2022.

“Arizona’s political landscape today reflects a flawed process where election districts were drawn up based on a one-sided political agenda and too much secrecy, and I’m taking action now to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” state GOP Chairman Robert Graham said in a statement.

“We are looking for an honest and open process that doesn’t favor one group of voters over another — one that is truly bipartisan and treats voters equally while putting an end to the discrimination against Republicans.”

Arizona featured one of the most protracted, nasty rounds of redistricting of any state last cycle. But operatives from both parties admit that Democrats got the better end of the independent commission-drawn map during the decennial process.

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December 3, 2012

Arizona: Two Republicans Seriously Considering Taking On Sinema

Arizona: Two Republicans Seriously Considering Taking On Sinema

Republicans are already talking about lining up to take on newly elected Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep.-elect Kyrsten Sinema has not even been sworn in, and Arizona Republicans are already abuzz about candidates preparing to take her on in 2014.

Two contenders who sought the GOP nomination in Arizona’s 9th District earlier this year confirmed to CQ Roll Call that they are seriously considering running for the nomination to challenge Sinema. They are businessman Martin Sepulveda and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers.

Sepulveda said that if he won the nomination, he would run as the “polar opposite” to Sinema on the size of government, military issues and values. He also placed a heavy emphasis on tying her to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Full story

November 7, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, Ron Barber to Confront Jared Lee Loughner at Sentencing

When Jared Lee Loughner appears in court Thursday for his sentencing, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will be there to see it. Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, plans to directly address the man who seriously injured his wife and killed six people, ABC News reported Wednesday evening.

Others survivors expected to speak include Rep. Ron Barber, who was an aide to Giffords and replaced her in the House, and former Giffords aide Pam Simon.

KPHO in Phoenix reported that shooting survivor Mavy Stoddard also plans to be among those to confront Loughner, who reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in August that spared him the death penalty. He is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

October 26, 2012

Arizona: Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Belittles Martha McSally’s Claim

Updated 10:31 a.m. | Col. Mark Kelly, the husband of retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), wrote an email Friday evening that was critical of retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, the Republican running for the House seat formerly held by his wife.

Kelly has backed McSally’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Ron Barber, since his first run for Congress in a June special election to replace Giffords.

According to an email sent to Barber’s list of supporters, a comment McSally made to the Washington Post sparked Kelly’s ire.

“We are rugged individuals,” she told the Post. “We elect unique people to represent us in this district — Mo Udall, Jim Kolbe, Gabby Giffords. I resemble Gabby Giffords more than the man who worked for her, although I am grateful for his service.”

In an email with the subject line “I cannot believe this,” Kelly proceeded to express outrage at McSally for comparing herself to Giffords.

“Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords.  Time and time again, she has refused to give a straight answer when asked directly about the most important issues facing Southern Arizona,” he wrote.

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October 10, 2012

Arizona: Jeff Flake, Richard Carmona (Politely) Rumble in Debate

Rep. Jeff Flake (R) and former Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) engaged in a vigorous but respectful debate Wednesday night in their closely watched contest to replace retiring Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

The contest has in recent weeks moved to the forefront of battleground races that could determine which party will control the Senate in the next Congress.

Right off the bat in his opening statement, Flake sought to counter to Carmona’s biography by accusing his foe of being unwilling to take concrete positions on issues.

“My opponent has a great résumé, but a résumé is not a plan,” Flake said. “He’s been running for nearly a year now, and we still don’t know where he stands on the major issues of the day.”

Carmona repeatedly referred to a national “infrastructure” that provided him opportunities for education and to move up the socioeconomic ladder. The term was as much of a subtle criticism of Flake as it was about the American Dream — the underlying charge being that Flake’s fiscal conservatism will inhibit Arizona from obtaining its share of federal infrastructure funds. Full story

October 6, 2012

Arizona: Bill Clinton to Campaign for Carmona

President Bill Clinton will appear at a rally in support of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona’s (D) Senate campaign against Rep. Jeff Flake (R).

The rally will take place at Arizona State University in Tempe on Wednesday evening.

Clinton was a highly sought after surrogate among House and Senate Democrats in October 2010. He is also the most recent Democratic presidential nominee to win the state of Arizona, in 1996.

October 4, 2012

Arizona: Kyrsten Sinema Raises Nearly $800,000 in Third Quarter

Former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) raised $775,000 in the third quarter in her open-seat race against Republican Vernon Parker for Arizona’s 9th district, according to her campaign.

Of that sum, $653,000 was raised from Aug. 9 to Sept. 30. The campaign is still calculating her cash on hand, but it is likely to be somewhere north of $275,000.

Sinema will need every dollar she has raised. Republican outside groups are either already on the air or are expected to buy Phoenix television time. And Parker indicated in a recent interview with Roll Call that his fundraising had picked up after Arizona’s Aug. 28 primary. Full story

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