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Democrats get giddy about a perennial target: Arizona

Posted at 8:25 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 13:55:52-04

For a decade, Democrats have said they were close to turning Arizona blue. They insisted that the state's growing Latino electorate would change its political orientation, that its residents weren't as conservative as its elected officials.

And they lost every single statewide election since 2008.

But this year could be different. Democrats hope that a primary between three Republicans helps them get a shot at an open U.S. Senate seat that could determine which party controls the chamber.

Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are newly mobilized after recent walkouts that won them a 20 percent pay increase over three years and drew attention to the $1.5 billion in cuts the GOP-controlled state government has made to K-12 education since the Great Recession. And the party is flooded with new volunteers, energized by Trump.