The Arizona Republican Party’s Statutory meeting elected a new state party chairman this afternoon. On the third ballot, conservative and tea party favorite, write-in candidate Tom Morrissey, won with 677 votes. Establishment-backed Ron Carmichael, supported by McCain operatives, came up short with 603 votes and Robert Graham floundered with 68 votes, down from 88 on the previous ballot. Marty Hermanson was dropped after receiving 32 votes on the second round of balloting.
This meeting marked the largest turnout in terms of votes cast in state GOP history, According to the final credentials report, 888 state committeemen were in attendance and 485 were represented by proxy, bringing the grand total to 1373.
Timothy Lee was reelected the state party treasurer and Linda White was reelected as secretary of the state GOP organization.
Elected officials were in abundance, with widespread acknowledgement of tea party activists. A video presentation honoring outgoing chairman Randy Pullen recognized his numerous achievements including serving 6 years as National Committeeman and two consecutive terms as State Party Chairman, overseeing the successful sweep of state offices and veto-proof super majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.
Today’s victories are reminiscent of the conservative tsunami that took place two weeks ago when the Maricopa County Republican meeting was held. Conservative Chairman Rob Haney was reelected by a massive show of support as he trounced the establishment-backed Bill Cheatham 1281 – 575.
The sleeping giant is stirring.