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Grijalva race shows just how big GOP wave could be

Grijalva race shows just how big GOP wave could be

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva

This year, if you are a Democratic congressperson who voted for the federal health care law, didn’t call loudly enough for tough new immigration laws or supported the stimulus act – then voters feel as though you have a lot of explaining to do.

Three of the five Democrats who represent Arizona in Congress are in serious trouble this year. Polls show Democrats Harry Mitchell, Gabrielle Giffords and Ann Kirkpatrick are running neck and neck with their Republican challengers.

Each of those Democrats is running in a district that is split fairly evenly – neither Republicans or Democrats have a wide voter registration advantage. And each of them supported those unpopular policies, which is now coming back to hurt them on the campaign trail.

But perhaps the most revealing indication of just how big the Republican wave could be in Arizona is the race in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Incumbent Democrat Raul Grijalva seems to be in a fairly tight race in what has been a Democratic stronghold ever since the district lines were drawn.

Republican newcomer Ruth McClung has gained a lot of traction this year by running an anti-establishment campaign, and she is presumably getting a big boost from Grijalva’s announcement earlier this year calling for the boycotts against Arizona after the state immigration law was passed.

The fact that Grijalva’s race is even close illustrates how significant the Republican movement is in this state – and it shows how voters are reacting to politicians who are soft on immigration.

- Matt Bunk

  1. Rusty
    Rusty10-18-2010

    What Grijalva and a lot of other politicians don’t seem to understand is, not all Americans of Hispanic heritage want open-borders. College graduates are not sneaking across the border; we are getting the uneducated and unskilled, the dregs of Mexican society. They increase the strain on our social services and up our crime rate. It’s a great situation for Mexico; it sucks for us.

  2. Brian
    Brian10-19-2010

    These unskilled and uneducated workers pick our lettuce and our tomatoes. They fill an important role. As for the increase in social services, it is related to their incomes and pathetic wages rather than their ethnicity. Fill those jobs with home grown Anglo workers and you still would need the social services because they are poor. The issue is the low wages rather than their background.

  3. USA
    USA10-19-2010

    This guy is all about mexico and mexican pride.
    The voters and the law mean nothing to this traitor.
    Typical politician – gets elected and all the sudden he’s a king.
    November 2 can’t come soon enough.
    VIVA LA SB1070

  4. notjasonrose
    notjasonrose10-19-2010

    Ruth McClung is anti-establishment? What a joke, she works for Raytheon, one of many defense contractors who are well known for overcharging the government and taxpayers. There is no one more “establishment” than defense contractors but the Tea Party candidates continue to pull the wool over peoples’ eyes, like teh farmers featured on MSNBC today railing against the feds but overlooking their farm subsidies and the politics of ethanol. Hypocrites all.

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