Arizona Primary Day
While Republican party insiders are partying in Tampa, Republican voters are heading to the polls in Arizona to choose a couple important nominees.
Congressional District 6
Two freshman Representatives, Ben Quayle (R-Phoenix) and David Schweikert (R-Fountain Hills), face off today in the newly-drawn District 6, which is comprised mostly of territory from the former District 3. Redistricting put them both in the same territory, as Schweikert lives in a portion of the former District 5 that has been subsumed into the new District 6.
This has been the nastiest battle in Arizona this year, with Quayle being viewed as the establishment candidate (in no small part because his father was George H. W. Bush’s Vice President), while Schweikert has more support from the hard-liners. Truth be told, though, the differences between the two are sufficiently subtle that there’s a bit of Tweedledum and Tweedledee in this primary. Both promise to repeal Obamacare, oppose tax increases, and voted almost identically over the past two years. Each has frequently accused the other of lying, and each has spent $1.5 attacking the other.
The new District 6 is pretty well balanced between moderate and far-right constituents as well. The number of Democrats, however, is especially small, so for all intents and purposes this election will determine who is going to Washington in January.
I’ve mentioned this race numerous times in the Senate Watch series. Representative Jeff Flake (R-Mesa) (ironically enough representing the old District 6) is squaring off against real estate mogul Wil Cardon.
Until recently, Cardon looked like a real contender. His stance on abortion lines up with the Republican Party platform (though not so much, apparently, with Republican voters). He was rising in the polls, and, like many “business outsiders” that have been popping up this election season, has been getting a great deal of support from the Tea Party. But in the past week or so, he has been overwhelmed by Flake’s advertising. It appears, going into today’s election, that Cardon has flaked out and disappeared from the landscape altogether. That bodes well for the Representative from Mesa.
A Flake victory today increases the likelihood that this Senate seat, vacated by Senator Jon Kyl, will remain in Republicans’ hands. A Cardon victory improves the chances for the Democratic nominee, George W. Bush administration’s Surgeon General, Richard Carmona.
- Palin makes Arizona stop as candidates work to shore up last-minute support (azfamily.com)
- Arizona: David Schweikert Up Over Ben Quayle in Internal Poll (rollcall.com)
- Schweikert loans campaign $130K in last week of GOP primary (azfamily.com)
- Kyl faults Schweikert after mailer says Quayle ‘goes both ways’ (bizjournals.com)
- Ben Quayle snags Jarrett Maupin endorsement (seeingredaz.wordpress.com)
- More good news for U.S. Rep. David Schweikert (seeingredaz.wordpress.com)
- US Rep. David Schweikert supported by JD Hayworth (seeingredaz.wordpress.com)
- The fight for District 6: Rep. David Schweikert (azfamily.com)
- Abortion is a Real Difference Between Flake and Cardon, and Cardon’s Position is now the GOP Mainstream (blogforarizona.com)