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Politicos analyze losing Arizona GOP gubernatorial campaigns (access required)

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Now that Doug Ducey has secured the Republican nomination for governor, many politicos speak of his primary win as a forgone conclusion.<br.
The state treasurer and former Cold Stone Creamery CEO locked up support from a broad coalition of GOP supporters early, out-fundraised his opponents, put millions of dollars of his money into his campaign when it mattered most and was able to withstand a massive negative advertising campaign against him.

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Skepticism abounds over governor’s race polling (access required)

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The dearth of reliable, independent polling in Arizona elections is nothing new. A long-term decline in independent polling by universities and media organizations has left IEs and other biased groups as the main source of publicly available polling for the state’s elections.

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New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns (access required)

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Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

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Tax-reform pledge takers becoming a dwindling breed (access required)

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The pledge that for years has been a holy grail of anti-tax conservatism is dwindling in popularity at the Copper Dome.

Only 11 lawmakers, including just one of 17 Republicans in the Senate, have signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Only two of the 14 new Republican lawmakers this session have signed.

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