WASHINGTON — Democrats are just seats away from flipping the Arizona legislature red to blue for the first time in over half a century. Democrats only need two seats in the House and three seats in the Senate to win the majority. Thanks to a surge of primary voter turnout, demographic shifts in the state, and the GOP running a slate of QAnon conspiracy theorists and right-wing extremists, Democrats are poised to make big gains in November.
Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts published a column assessing Democrats’ “best chance in generations” to win legislative control and highlighting key races that will put Democrats in the majority.
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d be writing in my lifetime: Arizona Democrats soon may actually grab some power at the state Capitol.
“For the first time in my life of political engagement in Arizona going back 30 years, I can actually see Democrats winning the state House,” former legislator-turned-GOP consultant Stan Barnes told me.
Changing demographics and a Republican Party that has chased off moderates will do that. So will a president who has energized Democrats and turned off moderate Republican and independent voters.
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