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ARIZONA

arizonaPopulation: 6,828,065 (2015)

Filing deadline: June 1, 2016.

Primary: August 30, 2016.

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Arizona (R+7) has gone Republican in every Presidential election since 1952, except for a slim victory for Bill Clinton in 1996. In 2010, Arizona was 63% White and 25% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 11. Ari­zona is a safe state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Jeff Flake. (Pic: Congress)

Jeff Flake. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Jeff Flake (R)
Committees: Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Energy & Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jeff Flake

Rating, May 13, 2016: Safe GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
Jeff Flake (b.1962) served in the House for 12 years and established something of a Libertarian reputation there. He was elected to the Senate in 2012 with 49%.

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John McCain. (Pic: Congress)

John McCain. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: John McCain (R)
Committees
: Armed Services (Chair), Homeland Security, Indian Affairs.

Democratic nomineeAnn Kirk­pat­rick
Republican nominee: John McCain

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
Naval aviator John McCain (b.1936) was shot down over Vietnam and became famous during his time as a POW there. He spent 4 years in the House before replacing Barry Goldwater in the Senate in 1986. He was the 2008 Republican nominee against Barack Obama. The Democrats are running Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.

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Representatives: 9 Representatives; 4 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

Ann Kirkpatrick. (Pic: Congress)

Ann Kirkpatrick. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
Committees
: Agriculture, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeTom O’Halleran
Republican nomineePaul Babeu

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+4) covers the northern and northeastern part of the state and includes several Indian Reservations. It is 56% White, 20% Hispanic 20% and 20% Native American. Lawyer and State Representative Ann Kirk­pat­rick (b.1950) was first elected in 2008, but lost to Republican Paul Gosar (now in the 4th) in 2010. After the redistricting of 2011, she won back the seat in 2012 and won re-election with 52% in 2014. Kirkpatrick is aiming for the Senate this year. The Democrats nominated former State Senator and ex-Republican Tom O’Halleran. The GOP nominated Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

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Martha McSally. (Pic: Congress)

Martha McSally. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Martha McSally (R)
Committees
: Armed Services, Homeland Security.

Democratic nomineeMatt Heinz
Republican nomineeMartha McSally

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+3) covers the southeastern areas of AZ, including the wealthier parts of Tucson. It is 70% White and 20% Hispanic and was drawn to be a swing seat. Fighter pilot Martha McSally took the seat from a Democrat in 2014 with 50%, on the second attempt. The Democrats are running former State Representative Matt Heinz.

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Raul Grijalva. (Pic: Congress)

Raul Grijalva. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Raul Grijalva (D)
Committees
: Natural Resources (Ranking), Education.

Democratic nominee: Raul Gri­jalva
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+8) covers soutern and southwestern parts of the state, including Yuma and most of Tucson. It is 55% Hispanic and 35% White. Sociologist and former School Board member Raul Grijalva (b.1948), was first elected in 2002. He was re-elected with 56% in 2014.

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Paul Gosar. (Pic: Congress)

Paul Gosar. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Paul Gosar (R)
Committees
: Natural Resources, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeMikel Weisser
Republican nominee: Paul Gosar

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+20) encompasses the western part of the state, apart from a small sliver in the south 2016. It also contains central parts, towards Phoenix. It is 80% White and 15% Hispanic. It is held by Paul Gosar (b.1958), a somewhat controversial dentist who was elected to the 1st district in 2010, but then chose to switch to the much safer 4th in 2012. In 2014 he got almost 70%. The Dems are running teacher Mikel Weisser.

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Matt Salmon. (Pic: Congress)

Matt Salmon. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Matt Salmon (R)
Committees
: Foreign Affairs, Education.

Democratic nomineeTalia Fuentes
Republican nominee: Andy Biggs

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status Sept 18, 2016:
The district (R+17) contains the areas east of Phoenix and is 75% White and 15% Black. It is represented by Matt Salmon (b.1958) who won it in 2012. He formerly held the 1st district for three terms. but ran for Governor in 2002 and lost. Salmon took 69% in 2014, but is not seeking re-election. The Republicans nominated lawyer and State Senate President Andy Biggs. The Dems are running biologist Talia Fuentes.

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David Schweikert. (Pic: Congress)

David Schweikert. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: David Schweikert (R)
Committees
: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeJohn Williamson
Republican nominee: David Schwei­kert

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+12) covers the northern parts of Phoenix, including suburbs. It is 80% White and 10% Hispanic. Businessman David Schweikert (b.1962) knocked out an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and was re-elected with 65% in 2014. The Dems are fielding teacher John Williamson.

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Ruben Gallego. (Pic: Congress)

Ruben Gallego. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Ruben Gallego (D)

Committees: Armed Services, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeRuben Gallego
Republican nominee: Eve Nunez

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+16) contains central parts of Phoenix and is 60% Hispanic, 25% White and 9% Black. Activist and State Representative Ruben Gallego (b.1979) won 74% in 2014 but faces an internal challenge from teacher Gustavo Ortega. The GOP is running non-profit executive Eve Nunez.

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Trent Franks. (Pic: Congress)

Trent Franks. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Trent Franks (R)
Committees
: Armed Services, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Trent Franks

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+15) covers areas to the north and west of Phoenix and is 75% White and 15% Hispanic. It is held by Trent Franks (b.1957), who was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected with 75% in 2014.

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Kyrsten Sinema. (Pic: Congress)

Kyrsten Sinema. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Kyrsten Sinema (D)
Committees
: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Kyr­sten Sinema
Republican nomineeDave Giles

Rating, June 3, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+1) contains the southern parts of Phoenix. It is 65% White and 20% Hispanic. It was won in 2012 by lawyer Kyrsten Sinema (b.1976), who was re-elected with 55% in 2014. The GOP is fielding engineer Dave Giles.

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STATE LEVEL

Doug Ducey. (Pic: State of AZ)

Doug Ducey. (Pic: State of AZ)

Governor: Doug Ducey (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDoug Ducey

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
Businessman and Treasurer Doug Ducey (b.1964) held the office for the GOP in 2014, with 53%.

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Michele Reagan. (Pic: State of AZ)

Michele Reagan. (Pic: State of AZ)

Secretary of State: Michele Reagan (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeMichele Reagan

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
The Secretary of State is next in line to the Governor’s office. Moderate State Senator Michele Reagan (b.1969) held the office with 52% in 2014.

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Mark Brnovich. (Pic: State of AZ)

Mark Brnovich. (Pic: State of AZ)

Attorney General: Mark Brnovich (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeMark Brnovich.

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
Former Gambling Director Mark Brnovich (b.1966) beat the incumbent Republican in the 2014 primary and was elected with 53% in November.

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Jeff DeWit. (Pic: State of AZ)

Jeff DeWit. (Pic: State of AZ)

Treasurer: Jeff DeWit (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
Businessman and stock broker Jeff DeWit had no opponents in his first election in 2014. Eighteeen months into his first term he declared that he would not run for re-election.

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Joe Hart. (Pic: State of AZ)

Joe Hart. (Pic: State of AZ)

Mine Inspector: Joe Hart (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Joe Hart

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
State Representative Joe Hart (b.1944) was first elected in 2006 and had no opponents in 2014.

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Diane Douglas. (Pic: State of AZ)

Diane Douglas. (Pic: State of AZ)

Superintendent of Public Instruction­: Diane Douglas (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDiane Douglas

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status May 13, 2016:
Businesswoman and former School Board member Diane Douglas beat the incumbent Republican in the 2014 primary and was elected in November with just over 50%.

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State Senate: 30 (13D / 17R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.
State House: 60 (22D / 38R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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