Jon Kyl (R)
John McCain (R)
United States House
of Representatives from Arizona State
Total number of U S Representatives: 9
Democratic Party: 5
Republican party: 4
Governor of Arizona
Jan Brewer (R)
(Composition in 2010)
Total number of Senators: 30
Republican Party: 21
Democratic Party: 9
Arizona State House
(Composition in 2010)
Total number of Representatives: 60
Republican Party: 40
Democratic Party 20
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND STATE POLITICS
Presidential Election 2012 - Final Results Nationwide
Barack Obama (D) 332 electoral votes
Mitt Romney (R) 206 electoral votes
Barack Obama (D) 62,611,250 popular votes
Mitt Romney (R) 59,134,475 popular votes
Election In The State Of Arizona,
Arizona is alloted 11 electoral
votes in the Electoral
College which is made up of 538 members.
Arizona being a winner-takes-all
State, the winner of Arizona receives all 11 of it's electoral
votes. To win the presidency, a candidate needs 270 electoral votes.
In the Presidential
Election 2012 Gov. Romney won in the State of Arizona
Gov. Mitt Romney 54.2%
President Barack Obama 44.1%
[References: U.S. Electoral College, 2012: POLITICO 2012 Election Central]
In 2008 Presidential election, U
S Senator from Arizona Senator McCain was the GOP candidate with Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin as the Running Mate. He received 53.39% of the vote to then Senator Obama's 44.91%.
[References: U.S. Electoral College, 2012: Wikipedia, the free
U.S. Senate Election In The State Of Arizona, 2012
Republican U.S. Rep. JEFF FLAKE won and was elected the Junior U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Jeff Flake [R] 49.9%
Richard Carmona [D] 45.75%
Maec Victor [L] 4.4%
Flake was elected to fill the seat vacated by incumbent
Republican Senator Jon Kyl who retired after serving three terms.
The looser Democratic candidate Richard Carmona was a former U.S. Surgeon General.
U.S. House Of Representatives Election In The State Of Arizona, 2012
new congressional-district map for Arizona was approved by the
Department of Justice. Such approval was necessary for Arizona because
of past problems with the Voting Rights Act, designed to protect
minority voting rights.
The new map included an additional
district to accommodate the population growth reflected in the 2010
census. Consequently, in the November 2012 election Arizona elected
nine U.S. Representatives to represent the state in the 113th congress
(Previously there were only eight).
It has to be noted
however, that in as much as the new map was accepted by all
parties for the 2012 election, the Republican led Legislature has
filed suit in the U.S. District Court to bar the use of the map in future
elections . They contended that under the Arizona
constitution, it is the legislature that has to draw congressional
districts. The Legislature accepted that it was too late to bar the use
of the new districts in the new map for the 2012 election.
the 2012 general election held on November 6, 2012 the following were elected to represent the
state of Arizopna in the United States House of Representatives.
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Democrat was elected.
Ann Kirkpatrick [D] 48.5%
Jonathan Paton [R] 45.5%
Kim Allen [L] 5.9%
U.S. Rep Paul Gosar was the representative of District 1 prior to re-distristing.
was elected in the 2010 mid-term election by defeating incumbent
Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. He received 49.65% of the vote to Ms.
However, most of Conservative Yevapai County
that was a part of former District 1 was excluded from
District 1 in the new map. This made new District 1 more
favorable to Democrats. Perhaps for this reason, Rep Gosar did not
run in New District 1 and instead moved to District 4 in the new map which was
considered a safe Republican seat. Indeed, he won District 4 in 2012.
RON BARBER, Democrat was elected.
Ron Barber [D] 50.1%
Martha McSally [R] 49.9%
Under the re-districting map, most of former District 8 was included in New District 2.
Former District 8 was represented by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who
resigned in January 2012 , one year after the horrible Tuscany
There was a special election on June 12, 2012 to elect a representative to serve out the balance of Ms. Gifford's term.
candidate Mr. Ron Barber who was a District Director of Ms. Giffords
won the special election defeating the Republican candidate Mr. Jesse
Jesse Kelly was also defeated by Ms. Giffords in the 2008 general election.
RAUL GRIJALVA, Democrat was reelected.
Raul Grijalva [D] 57.8%
Gabriela Mercer [R] 37.7%
B.Guerra [L] 4.4%
Under the 2010 re-districting map, most of District 7 was included in New District 3.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva ran for re-election.
Gabriela Mercer was a consumer activist
PAUL GOSAR, Republican was elected.
Paul Gosar [R] 67.0%
J. Robinson [D] 28.3%
J. Pamelia [L] 3.7%
R. Grayson [O] 1.0%
the new map, New District 4 included most of former District 2 and
significant portions of former 1st, 5th and 6th Districts.
Rep. Paul Gosar who represented former district 1 ran in New District 4.
MATT SALMON, Republican was elected.
Matt Salmon [R] 67.6%
Spencer Morgan [D] 23.4%
Under the new re-districting map, most of former district 6 became New District 5.
Republican Rep. Jeff Flake did not run for re-election in
District 5. Instead, he
ran for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and won.
Matt Salmon was a former Rep.
Spencer Morgan was a student in Messa Community College.
DAVID SCHWEIKERT, Republican was elected.
David Schweikert [R] 61.6%
Matt Jette [D] 33.2%
J. Anderson [L] 3.3%
M. Salazar [G] 1.8%
Under the re-districting map, most of former district 3 became New District 6.
Schweikert was the Republican U.S. Representative of former
District 5. He defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Quale in the
Republican primary and became the Republican Party nominee for District 6.
Matt Jette who ran as the Democratic Party candidate was the Republican candidate for governor in 2010.
ED PASTOR, Democrat was elected.
Ed Pastor [D] 81.2%
J. Cobb [L] 18.8%
In the re-districting map, most of former district 4 became New District 7.
Pastor was the Democratic incumbent of former district 4
(2003-2011) and prior to that in district 2 (1991-2002).
TRENT FRANKS, Republican was elected.
Trent Franks [R] 63.7%
G. Scharer [D] 34.8%
S.Douglas [O] 1.5%
Rep. Trent Franks was the incumbent Republican U.S. Representative of former District 2 (2003-2011).
In the re-districting map, a portion of the former district 2 in Manicopa County is split off as the New District 8.
KYRSTEN SINEMA, Democrat was elected.
Kyrsten Sinema [D] 48.3%
Vernon Parker [R] 45.2%
P. Gammil [L] 6.4%
Kyrsten Sinema was a former state senator.
In the re-districting map, New District 9 was based in Tempe.
POLITICAL NEWS THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
General Election 2012 In Arizona
November 26, 2012
though the polls indicated a close race in the presidential contest,
Gov. Romney won the state easily. (Romney 54.2%, Obama 44.1%)
U.S. Senate race for the seat vacated by Senator Jon Kyl was much
closer. Republican Jeff Flake defeated Democrat Richard Carmona by four
The Democrats did far better in the U.S. House of Representative races by winning five out of the nine congressional districts.
For detail results, please see the center column on this page.
[References: POLITICO, election results update, 11-21-2012]
Weekly Average Of Presidential Polls In Arizona
October 23, 2012
indicate that Arizona may become a genuine battle ground state and will
play a deciding roll in the outcome of the presidential election.
Following is an average of the latest available polls during the last 7 days:
President Obama 44%
Governor Romney 42%
[References: Real Clear Politics, 2012]
Carmona In The Lead In The U.S. Senate race
October 06, 2012
polling by Public Policy Polling dated October 3, 2012 gives
Democratic candidate Richard Carmona the lead for the first time
in the Unites States Senate race in Arizona (Carmona 45%,
Flake 43%.) It is a very slight lead of only two percentage points, yet
significant with 31 days to go for the election.
[References: Real Clear Politics, 10-06-2012)
President Obama Is Closing In On Gov. Romney In Arizona
September 24, 2012
to a poll conducted by Purple Strategies between September 15th to
19th, Gov. Romney is just three points ahead of President Obama (Romney
48% Obama 45%).
Purple Strategies is a bipartisan consulting firm and
the poll will receive close scrutiny by the Romney campaign. An impending
loss in Arizona will devastate the Romney campaign. It is not just the
Arizona 11 electoral votes. It will be an omen of the Latino vote on
the election as a whole.
[References: The Arizona Republic, 09-23-2012]
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Update On Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Re-election Bid
July 23, 2012
Controversy surrounds Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Nothing new.
A civil suit filed in Arizona Federal Court alleges that Arpaio's deputies racially
profiled Hispanics. The hearing started last week. The degree to which
this case will affect his re-election bid is uncertain.
Mr. Arpaio's campaign is well financed, nearly $7 million, most of it coming from out of state donors.
In a press conference last week, the Sheriff maintained that President Obama's birth certificate is invalid.
Phoenix police sergeant Paul Penzone and former New York City police
officer John Rowan are seeking the Democratic Party nomination. They
are far behind Arpaio in campaign finance. Nevertheless, one of them
could pose a serious challange to Sheriff Arpaio on account of the many
controversies surrounding him.
[References: Fox News, 07-22-2012]
Ron Barbar Wins The Special Election
[June 13, 2012]
Ron Barbar easily won in the special election held yesterday to elect a
representative for congressional district 8. The seat became vacant
upon the resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who suffered serious
injuries in the horrible Tuscan shooting. Mr. Barber was Ms. Giffords'
Mr. Barber received 52% of the vote. His
Republican opponent Mr. Jesse Kelly received 46% of the vote. The
hardly fought election was for a term of only six months being the
remaining balance of Ms. Giffords' term. Both Barber and Kelly
are declared candidates for the November 2012 general election when
they will do it all over again.
elections are an indication
as to what is to come. This one may, not withstanding the unfortunate
circumstances that made it necessary. Mr. Kelly who was backed by the
Tea Party campaigned on President Obama's handling of the economy.
Future of Medicare and Social Security were also major issues.
Congressional district 8 in which the election was held has
far more registered Republicans than registered Democrats.In fact,
Ms. Giffords won over Mr. Kelly in the 2010 mid-term election by less
than 5,000 votes. The election results last night should make Democrats
[References: Arizona Department of State, Secretary of State, 2012 election results]
Arizona Congressional District 8 Special Election Polls:
Ron Barbar [D] 53%
Jesse Kelly [R] 41%
Public Policy Polling [D]
Special Election For Former Rep. Gifford's Seat Is Scheduled For June 12, 2012.
Tomorrow is the special election.
Congressional District 8 was represented by former Rep. Gabrielle
who resigned in January 2012 , one year after the horrible Tuscany
shooting. There will be a special election on June 12, 2012 to elect a
representative to serve out the balance of Ms. Gifford's term.
Ron Barber who is a former District Director of Ms. Giffords is the Democratic Party candidate and has her backing.
Jesse Kelly who was defeated by Ms. Giffords in the 2008 general election is the Republican Party candidate.
though this election is for the balance of Ms. Gifford's term, which is
only six months, a lot of money and effort has been put in by both
Both Barber and Kelly have announced that they are running again in November 2012.
DOJ Approves The New Congressional Map
new congressional map for Arizona has been approved by the U.S.
Department of Justice. Such approval is necessary for Arizona because
of past problems with the Voting Rights Act that protects minority
The new map includes an additional district to
accommodate the population growth reflected in the 2010 census.
Accordingly, Arizona will have nine congressional districts in the
November 2012 election.
[References: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2012]
Special Election for Arizona
Congressional District 8
[May 20, 2012]
The special election for Rep. Gabe Gifford's Congressional District 8
is scheduled for
June 12, 2012. Early voting started today.
Democratic candidate Ron
served as Ms. Gifford's District Director. He was also injured in the
shooting that caused brain trauma to the congresswoman which led to her
Jesse Kelly who lost
to Rep.Giffords in 2010 mid-term election by a narrow margin is the
[References: News 4 Tuck son, 05-17-2012]
Arizona U.S. Senate Election 2012
By Lionel Boteju,
Republican Senator Jon Kyl has been the Junior Senator from Arizona
since 1994. He is retiring at the end of his current term and we have
an open senate seat in Arizona.
For both parties the filing deadline is June 1, 2012 and
the primary is on August 28, 2012.
There will be a hotly contested primary between U.S.
Representative Jeff Flake
and wealthy businessman and real estate investor Will Cardon for the
Republican Party nomination.
and Tea Party folks are not happy with the positions Rep. Flake has
previously taken on immigration, gays in the military and Cuba. Mr.
Cardon's self financed campaign is pushing hard against Rep. Flake.
However, the general consensus is that Rep. Flake will prevail and be
the Republican Party nominee.
Former Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona has
no serious primary challenger and will be the Democratic Party
bitter battle between Rep. Flake and Mr. Cardon will obviously help Mr.
Carmona but not enough by itself to win in November. Once the
primary is over, all factions of the GOP and Tea party will fully back
A poll by Rasmussen Reports on 3/13/2012 shows Rep.
Flake leading Carmona 47% to 34%.
A NBC News/Marist Poll from February 19-20, 2012 has Rep. Flake with
42% and Carmona with 29%.
more recent poll on April 25th by Democratic firm Anzalone Liszt
Research puts Carmona within striking distance of Rep. Flake (Flake 43%
to Carmona 39%).
believe that the Democratic candidate Richard Carmona has a chance to
pull an upset victory in November, if and only if, the Hispanics turn
out in huge numbers to vote. According to the said poll by
Anzalone Liszt Research, Carmona wins the Hispanic vote over Rep. Flake
by 36%. Even that may not be enough.
As of now, we have to conclude that Republican Rep.
Flake has the edge on this race.
the free Encyclopedia, 2012: Real Clear Politics Poll, April 2012: The
Hill, Ballot Box, Josh Lederman, 04-25-2012: Roll Call Politics, Abby
Arizona And The
By: Lionel Boteju
the election of President Obama in 2008, news from Arizona has
predominantly been about immigration - mostly negative from a
President Obama's own immigration status, seems to be suspect to the
Republican State Legislators - they push a law that would require Mr.
Obama to provide his long form birth certificate to get on the Arizona
Presidential ballot in 2012.
its immigration law last year, and on any scale, some provisions are
provision is a requirement that state law enforcement officials
determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest, if they
have reason to believe that person might be an illegal immigrant.
Another provision makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to work or
try to find work. The Obama administration appealed against four such
provisions, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San
Fransisco blocked those provisions. The United States Supreme Court has
agreed to review the ruling by the Ninth Circuit.
all this is taking place, the Hispanics now constitute nearly a third
of the Arizona population. The voting age population of Hispanics in
Arizona has surged over the years to 845,000 and now constitutes 19
percent of Arizona residents of voting age.
White House support the piece of legislation known as the Dream Act,
that would provide young Hispanic students' paths to citizenship, which
is stalled in congress due to Republican opposition.
Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican who has been a harsh critic of the
Obama Administration has applauded the decision by the U.S.Supreme
Court to take up the case involving Arizona State Immigration law. But,
over this issue, President Obama is in a win-win situation with
Hispanics. Whatever decision the US Supreme Court makes concerning
these laws, the Hispanics will only move more aggressively to President
Obama's corner. There is no rationale for them to embrace Governor
Brewer and the Republican Legislature in either scenario.
Commission Chairwoman ousted
is still a long shot, but when you consider that in Arizona in 2008,
running against the popular native son Senator John McCain, Mr.Obama
received 42 percent of the vote, Arizona Hispanics just may hand over
surprise victory for Mr. Obama in 2012.
[References: Helen Cooper, The
New York Times - Arizona Sees a Boom In Voting Age Hispanics,
12-02-2011 : Adam Liptak, The New York Times - Court to Weigh
Statute On Immigration, 12-13-2011: Retrieved on 12-22-2011]
Republican Senators in the state senate led by Governor Jan Brewer has
ousted Coleen Mathis who was the chairwoman of the Independent
Commission in charge of redistricting in Arizona. The reason given for
the ouster is that the commissioner's decision to hire a mapping
consultant with Democratic ties was clear bias and grounds for Ms.
Mathis ouster. Ms.Mathis who is a registered Independent and reputed
civic volunteer was the head of the panel, which included two members
each from the two major parties.
Some say that the real reason for
the ouster is that Republicans are fearful of the new map being shaped
by the five-member commission would produce more competitive races
in districts considered "safe" for Republican incumbents.
editorial: Gov.Brewer's Power Grab.New York Times(11-05-2011)