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Not the ‘blue wave’ they hoped for, but Democrats made gains in 2020
WASHINGTON - For years, Democrats have argued that Arizona was about to turn blue. But while they grabbed the top two races on the ballot, Democrats made little headway in state, local or other congressional races - close, but not the "blue wave" they were hoping for.
High-stakes races sparked high-dollar giving by Arizona voters in 2020
WASHINGTON - Arizonans were heavily invested in this fall's elections in more ways than one, donating a total of at least $110 million to support candidates and high-profile ballot initiatives, a sharp increase from the $60 million state voters donated just four years ago.
As legal challenges continue to fall, Biden electors set to meet, vote
WASHINGTON - Add one more thing to the list of normal activities upended in 2020 - the normally mundane job of the state's presidential electors has been thrust into the spotlight by ongoing GOP attempts to upend the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
State leaders deride daylong rehash of rejected voting irregularities
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's attorneys presented hours of rehashed claims of previously rejected voting irregularities during a daylong meeting Monday that legislative leaders called an "illegitimate" exercise meant to undermine confidence in the elections.
That’s awkward: Trump touts Arizona election review that won’t happen
WASHINGTON- When the Trump campaign announced Tuesday that the Arizona Legislature would hold a public meeting next week to review this year's elections, there was just one problem. Nobody told state lawmakers, who said it's not happening.
After weeks of fighting, ballot counting may be near finish in Arizona
WASHINGTON - All 15 Arizona counties had submitted official election results by Monday to the secretary of state, who will certify them in the next week or sooner - ending a contentious weeks-long battle over a normally routine process.
McSally concedes to Kelly, capping costly and high-profile Senate race
WASHINGTON - Sen. Martha McSally conceded Friday to Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, 10 days after the polls closed. Political vets say the numbers often take the decision to concede out of a candidate's hands - but that doesn't make it any less painful for the loser.
Kelly leads McSally after high-profile, high-cost campaign for Senate
WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic challenger Mark Kelly opened a sizable lead in early returns Tuesday over Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was desperately fighting to hold the seat she was appointed to just two years ago.
Arizona officials expect crowded polls, but hope for smooth final day
WASHINGTON -Election officials anticipate longer-than-usual lines at polling places Tuesday, but said early in-person voting in the state has been going "very, very well" so far," despite the challenge of COVID-19, massive turnout and fear of violence.
GOP expects Schweikert to hold off challenger; analysts aren’t so sure
WASHINGTON - A national Republican campaign official expressed confidence Wednesday that Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, can fend off a challenge from Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, who leads in some polls and has raised millions more for her campaign.
Arizona Senate race breaks record, pulling in whopping $133.7 million
WASHINGTON - Arizona's Senate race is now the state's most expensive campaign, with the latest Federal Election Commission filings showing the two candidates have pulled in a staggering $133.7 million so far.
Rush to register voters is on after court shortens registration window
WASHINGTON - Voting rights groups who thought they had until Oct. 23 to register new voters were scrambling Wednesday after a federal court set a new registration deadline of 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
Arizona faces back-to-back court hearings with weeks to Election Day
WASHINGTON - The road to the ballot box in Arizona apparently runs through the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard two cases in just the past two days concerning ballots and voter registration in the state.
Maricopa official confident polls will run smoothly as early voting starts
WASHINGTON - Maricopa County officials said they are "ready and prepared" for the start of in-person voting Wednesday, despite a recent national report that identified it as one of seven Arizona counties at high risk of a poll worker shortage.
McSally begins Spanish-language ads in Senate race, well behind Kelly
WASHINGTON - Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, bought $110,350 worth of ads on Spanish-language TV stations this week and last - just a quarter of what her Democratic challenger has spent over the past two months.
Push to replace Ginsburg renews focus on high-stakes Arizona race
WASHINGTON - Arizona's already high-profile Senate race drew new attention with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and news that a new Arizona senator could be seated in time to vote on her replacement.
Arizonan on Trump’s short list for Supreme Court has low profile
WASHINGTON - When President Donald Trump sits down to pick a Supreme Court nominee to take the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, Phoenix native Bridget Bade will be on the list. But while Bade is on the shortlist, she also has a relatively short resume.
Repeated Trump, Pence visits cement Arizona’s status as a battleground
WASHINGTON - If there was any doubt that Arizona will be a battleground in this fall's presidential election, a look at the travel itineraries this week of the first and second families should clear it up, with a Trump or a Pence in the state four of five days.
Report: Arizona teens paid to file social media posts for campaigns
WASHINGTON - Facebook and Twitter opened investigations this week into a number of Arizona teenagers' social media accounts for operating fraudulent profiles and spreading misinformation in support of the Trump campaign, reportedly for pay.
Kayla Mueller’s parents at RNC praise Trump, remember slain daughter
WASHINGTON - When the White House asked Carl and Marsha Mueller if they wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention, the Prescott couple jumped at the opportunity to speak about "Kayla and how much more we felt helped by this administration."
Politics and bedfellows: Nez, Lizer address Democratic, GOP conventions
WASHINGTON - Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer spoke to the Republican National Convention - a week after President Jonathan Nez addressed Democrats. Lizer brushes off the split: "We are working both sides, and we are well represented in Washington."
Flake, Kolbe join former GOP lawmakers backing Biden over Trump
WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Rep. Jim Kolbe joined two dozen former GOP Congress members backing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying President Donald Trump "is not capable of doing the job."
Whose party is it?: Democrats cite Republican support for Biden
WASHINGTON - It was the Democratic National Convention, but some Republicans - including some from Arizona - had featured roles, outlining their dislike of President Donald Trump for a national audience or admiration for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Digital Democrats: Delegates miss camaraderie, but stay focused on goal
WASHINGTON - First-time Democratic National Convention delegate Cynthia Engstrom may not have the perspective of nine-time delegate Cynthia Ford, but they both agree on one thing: .Something gets lost in the experience when a convention is held online like this one.
Hispanic Democrats identify Arizona as a battleground state in 2020 elections
WASHINGTON - Arizona was identified as one of six battleground states for this fall's election, a status that state Democrats said has been 10 years in the making. The comments came at a forum of Hispanic lawmakers on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.