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Behind the Ballot: Big left turn

 

Democratic candidate for governor David Garcia speaks with a voter June 10 as he canvassed a west Phoenix neighborhood. (Photo by Carmen Forman/Arizona Capitol Times)

Democratic candidate for governor David Garcia speaks with a voter June 10 as he canvassed a west Phoenix neighborhood. (Photo by Carmen Forman/Arizona Capitol Times)

David Garcia says he’s the same candidate he’s always been, but political observers have seen him take a big left turn and embrace a more progressive message than ever before.

And that approach may cost him.

As a candidate for superintendent of public instruction in 2014, he won the support of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and some Republican voters found something to like in him that year.

Now, he cannot expect to draw those voters back to him. But that’s not stopping his progressive agenda.

He still has a primary election to get through before he’ll his shot at Gov. Doug Ducey. But Ducey cannot rest easy until November. He’s facing a primary challenge that could leave him more vulnerable come the general election.

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Music in this episode included “Little Idea,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

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