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Republicans sweep statewide races in Arizona (access required)

Nationally, Democrats suffered disaster in the general election. In Arizona, it was even worse. For the first time since 1994, Republicans swept Arizona’s statewide offices. Even the Attorney General’s Office, which has been in Democratic hands for the past 12 years, couldn’t withstand the Republican tsunami.

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Statewide offices: Republicans looking at a sweep (access required)

With nearly half the state’s precincts reporting vote totals, Republicans looked poised to sweep Arizona’s statewide offices for the first time since 1994. By 9:15 p.m., the Republicans’ statewide slate took the stage at the Arizona GOP’s election night party ...

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Dems fighting to head off statewide sweep (access required)

Polling on Arizona’s statewide races has consistently shown GOP candidates on top, and Republicans are optimistic that the anti-Democratic mood sweeping the state and the country will give them total control of state government.

Only a couple of relatively competitive races stand between Republicans and their first sweep of Arizona’s six statewide offices since 1994, not including the Corporation Commission.

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Deschene throws hat in ring for secretary of state (access required)

Rep. Chris Deschene, a freshman Democrat from Window Rock, announced that he won’t seek re-election to the House of Representatives, and will instead run for Arizona’s second-highest office. The main duty of the secretary of state is to oversee elections, ...

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2 Dems eyeing run at GOP incumbent for secretary of state (access required)

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett now wants to stay right where he is, rather than try to move two floors up in the Executive Tower. Bennett, appointed to his position in January, was considering a run for governor, but now that Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking a full term, Bennett said he is no longer eyeing the Ninth Floor and is looking to keep his job on the seventh.

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Pederson endorsing Wercinski

After tantalizing followers via Twitter on Tuesday with the promise of a "BIG" endorsement, Sam Wercinski announced today Jim Pederson is backing him. The bigwig Democratic developer will also serve on Wercinski's finance committee for the SOS race, the former real estate commissioner said. "We've done a lot of work and solidified our base and support statewide," Wercinski told our reporter.

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