Finance reports hint at high profile ballot prop losses
Two well-funded ballot initiatives went down in defeat last month, but as their final finance reports showed, their campaign coffers had perhaps foreshadowed the elections’ outcome.
Court: Prop 204 clerical error didn’t confuse voters
The clerical error that led to two different versions of a ballot measure was an honest mistake that did not confuse voters, and thus didn’t warrant Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s decision to bar measure from going to voters, the Supreme Court said in an opinion published today.
Ballot counting officially ends
Following several close contests and two weeks of counting, Secretary Ken Bennett and other state officials today signed the official canvass and certified last month’s election results.
The move effectively ended the 2012 campaign cycle and heralded the start of the new one.
Campaign finance moves called ‘political money laundering’
The controversy over a secretive nonprofit’s funding of two ballot measure committees put a renewed focus on campaign finance disclosure this year.
Incumbents, Democrats in competitive districts outperform congressional district projections
A review of the final 2012 election results reveals the projections for the newly redrawn congressional districts were mostly accurate.
Projected legislative district advantages held up — mostly
With the 2012 election now in the rearview mirror, the results show that the number-crunching done last year by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was nearly spot on.
Hispanic electorate expanded, but still didn’t reach potential
For those who want to see more of Arizona’s Hispanic community participate in the political process, 2012 provided both a reason to celebrate and an impetus for continued effort.
Republicans search for adjustments as Hispanic growth looms
In Arizona, Republicans are losing the battle over Hispanic voters.
Hispanic voter registration leans Democratic by a wide margin, and polling reinforces their support for Democratic candidates.
Calls for immigration reform evoke mixed feelings among Arizona Republicans
The day after the Nov. 6 election, a major shift appeared in the Republican Party.
With an eye toward President Barack Obama’s massive advantage with Latino voters, some prominent Republicans started calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
Barber still ahead at end of Cochise County count
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is holding onto his slight lead in his 2nd Congressional District race against Republican Martha McSally even as all the ballots in GOP-heavy Cochise County have been counted.
Barber had a 709 vote lead as vote-counting resumed in Pima County early Thursday. The race remains too close to call.
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