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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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AZGOP backs down after Corbet threatens lawsuit

Former Senate President and current DuVal supporter Leo Corbet last week sent a cease-and-desist letter to Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham and Ducey spokeswoman Melissa Delaney, demanding that the party and Ducey’s campaign retract a statement that called the former Senate President a member of DuVal’s “rogue’s gallery.”

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Arizona governor’s race targets independent voters

Doug Ducey (left) and Fred DuVal. (AP photos)

The race for Arizona governor has created an odd mix of arguments in a state where recent gubernatorial contests were dominated by divisive issues like immigration. The shift away from hardline rhetoric and toward more nuanced positions marks an effort by both candidates to negate their opponents' key points as they court the growing bloc of independent voters in Arizona.

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