Time to go:
Incumbents, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas and Secretary of State Michele Reagan, were each handed their heads by their fellow GOP challengers. Frank Riggs (holding a slim 1,121 vote lead over Bob Branch) in the superintendent’s race and Steve Gaynor who mopped the floor with incompetent SoS Reagan, trouncing her 67.3% to 32.7%.
In the CD8 race Congresswoman Debbie Lesko handily beat Sandra Dowling, 77.1% to 22.9%, mounting a challenge that made no sense to political observers. Lurking in the Democrat weeds and readying for a rematch is well-funded Hiral Tipirneni. Why Dowling would cause Lesko to spend on this futile effort requires a study in egoism.
Speaking of which…Joe Arpaio, a once well-respected, former Maricopa County Sheriff at age 86, inexplicably entered the U.S. Senate race, siphoning votes from Dr. Kelli Ward. He took 18.93% of the political pie, aiding Martha McSally aka Sally McCain.
Republicans in CD9 are fortunate to have Dr. Stephen Ferrara step up to challenge longtime Democrat operative and former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Ferrara easily routed primary challenger David Giles, 59.0% to 33.1%. This needless exercise and expenditure of campaign funds raises the same question as in the Lesko/Dowling match-up.
Another winner who should not have encountered a primary challenger is former state senator Kimberly Yee, running for state treasurer — who handily beat her perpetually angry challenger Jo Ann Sabbagh, 58.2 to 41.8%.
Senate candidate Kelli Ward, a two-term state senator and physician, who was massively outspent by her opponent John McCain in 2016, and this time around by his hand picked Republicrat CD 2 Congresswoman, Martha McSally. Following his lead, McSally refused to debate Ward, denying Arizona voters the opportunity to make a comparison beyond the sound bite ads filled with distortions and lies. Establishment McMoney was flowing in for McSally, who ran televised ads that had not even a nodding acquaintance with the truth.
Well qualified Jim O’Connor came up up one percentage point short in his bid for a seat on the Corporation Commission. That this good man fell behind charlatan Rodney Glassman is a travesty.
Ken Bennett, former AZ Secretary of State and president of the state senate, entered the race too late and ran into problems with the Clean Elections Commission in his race for governor. He would have been a viable conservative alternative to Republicrat Doug Ducey — who many fear will appoint Cindy Hensley McCain to succeed her recently deceased husband. Ducey has close ties with the McCain’s. His first job when arriving in Arizona was working at the Hensley Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship.
Proof that voters are easily conned:
In the GOP primary, Rodney Glassman captured one of the two seats on the utility rate setting Corporation Commission. Glassman has developed an affinity for the word, “Conservative” — which he tosses around liberally as a self description. The phony maneuver worked for the leftist who previously ran for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat challenging McCain, and also for the state chairman of the AZ Democrat Party. This cycle, his mailers, radio and TV ads and robo calls all identified this impostor as a “conservative.” Republican voters, too apathetic to look past the deceit, believed the sound bites and voted for glib Glassman.
* According to the Secretary of State’s webpage, all counts are “unofficial.”