Republic’s endorsement proves to be candidates’ kiss of death

Playing the voters for fools backfires              


As the primary election vote tallies came in last night, the irrelevancy of the newspaper’s endorsements stood in stark contrast to the realities of the voter’s ballots. And we saw that relying on unscrupulous consultants to sully the good name of citizen legislators has backfired in at least a couple of races.

Once again, the Republic’s recommendations took a nose dive in district after district.

We present a sampling featuring races we’ve been watching:

Congressional District 5: The paper endorsed Jim Ogsbury. David Schweikert carried the day, and will take on Harry Mitchell in November. Susan Bitter-Smith’s bitter campaign style did her no favors.

State Legislature:

District 1 Senate: Rep. Tom O’Halleran unseated by challenger Steve Pierce.

District 6 House: The duo of Rep. Sam Crump and Carl Seel easily beat truth-impaired Tony Bouie.

District 12 House: Incumbent legislator Robert Blendu was trounced by newcomer Steve Montenegro much to the chagrin of the daily which pushed Blendu.

District 18 Senate: Although the newspaper took potshots at Rep. Russell Pearce at every opportunity, the popular Pearce made quick work of his challenger, Kevin Gibbons by an over 2 – 1 margin.

District 20 House: Endorsed were Rep. John McComish and Andy Swann. Jeff Dial will be running with incumbent John McComish.

District 26 House: Al Melvin upset incumbent Pete Hershberger, who acted like a Democrat one too many times for the Republicans of the district.

Election results in the Congressional, state, county and jurisdictional races are available through the County Recorder’s office, and can be seen here.

The Secretary of State provides the results in a different format, accessible here.

Interestingly, all but one of the plaintiffs in the Clean Elections lawsuit lost their elections. Only Nancy McLain (R-Dist 3) survived. It will be intriguing to see how that plays out.


14 Responses to Republic’s endorsement proves to be candidates’ kiss of death

  1. Jason says:

    Great news! Conservatives have shown the “moderates’ the door in race after race, statewide!

  2. BOB HARAN says:

    Nathan Sprawl and the Editorial Board of the Arizona Repulsive should bend over and take a bow, so we can all kick your butt the way Russell Pearce did Tuesday.



  3. Virginia says:

    The diminished clout of the Arizona Republic has become laughable. I remember when the newspaper endorsements held considerable sway with voters. But then again I’m old enough to remember when conservatives Gene and Nina Pullian owned the Republic. It was originally called the Arizona Republican. Imagine that!! In those days, people would clip out the endorsements and carry them into the polls with them.

  4. Stanford says:

    Nathan Sproul has shown himself to be a despicable man employing contemptible tactics. It’s a testament to the voters that they didn’t fall prey to his below-the-belt schemes.

  5. Frank says:

    This is fantastic! The people are not fooled by The Arizona Republic. Wouldn’t it be great if our largest newspaper reported factually instead of working at their liberal agenda?

    All for naught if we do not work for our conservative primary winners in the General Election. We have a new and improved coservative platform. We have bona fide conservative candidates. We have what we need to convince conservative Independents to come back.

  6. Calypso says:

    Sproul has a history of losses a mile long. It seems every issue he takes on fails. Glad to see it. Anyone who considers hiring him should be aware of his failures — many on issues that clearly should have been successful.

  7. nightcrawler says:

    I wouldn’t get too smug folks. We still have something called the General to navigate. Many of our candidates sustained heavy injuries and are limping in to the next round.

    I do agree that the conservative moment is still very much alive and has flexed its muscles once again.

  8. Ajo Joe says:

    Ah, Nightcrawler, how about standing up and looking at the political scene in the daylight? An erect position and the bright and illuminating sunshine could give you a different vantage point.
    Many of the conservatives have smooth sailing in the general election. Sure, there will also be contests, but all in all the conservative “brand” (to use McCain lingo) has been vindicated. Today is an invigorating day for those of us who work to get solid Republicans in office.

  9. Marianne says:

    A childhood rhyme comes to mind:

    Ring a round the rosy,
    Pocket full of posies
    Liberals, liberals
    All fall down!

  10. Carrie Mason says:

    Thank you SEEING RED for the links to election results. You sure make it easy for us. It is another sad day for the fish wrapping rag. Maybe they will be able to cut some of their political prognosticators to further reduce costs. They could just ask a passer-by to flip a coin and get much better results at no cost.

  11. You forgot CD 06’s Democratic primary, where the Republic-endorsed candidate lost by almost 3-1.

  12. Gary says:

    My guess is the race was not worth mentioning. No one other than close friends and relatives ever heard of Chris Gramazio.

  13. Jay Bird says:

    How amusing that the Republic would say the there were “few surprises” in the election results.

    Does that mean that they never actually considered their recommendations to be taken seriously?

  14. azslim says:

    Well, they did get the Maricopa County Assessor’s race right. Good luck to Mr. Russell in getting our property valuations right over the next few years.