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Douglas’ win reflects why most Dems lost in 2014 (access required)

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey speaks as democratic candidate Fred DuVal listens, Tuesday, Oct 13, 2014 during a debate for the Arizona Women's Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Outnumbered and out-financed in the land of Barry Goldwater, Democrats often trade with the currency of hope. But even hope quickly collapsed under the weight of mathematical reality on Nov. 4, when Republicans swept statewide races in victory after victory. The success mirrored the party’s triumph at the national level, where the GOP expanded its dominance in the U.S. House and seized control of the U.S. Senate.

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Tobin concedes CD1 race to Kirkpatrick (access required)

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick at a debate with former state House Speaker Andy Tobin. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is widening her lead over Republican Speaker of the Arizona House Andy Tobin in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, up to more than 5,000 votes, or nearly 5 percentage points, from 2,000 votes earlier in the night.

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