With the first rays of the sun, avoiding high temperatures, the citizens of Arizona began today to go to the polls to vote in the primaries of their state, in which they will choose the candidates who will attend the Congress in the legislative elections next November.
Arizona will be one of the most contested territories this fall between Democrats and Republicans, especially for the seat vacated in the Senate by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who announced a few months ago that he would not run for re-election. Attorney Evan Rice, 51, went early today to one of the polling stations in Maricopa County, one of the largest in the country -27 states have less population than Maricopa.
Despite being registered as an independent, Rice has decided to vote on the Republican ballot because she believes it is more important to choose an appropriate conservative candidate.
“I think we live in a society where there is a lot of political tension, and Arizona is not immune to it. (…) There is a lot of anxiety about where we are going politically,” he told Efe after exercising his right to vote.
“Sometimes I vote Democratic, other Republican vote,” he said, “this time I voted Republican because there are certain specific candidates I want to vote in. I will not say who I voted for, but there are some characters in the contest this year that I do not think are positive for the state, so I voted for conscience. ” Since the elections are always held on Tuesdays, the working day, citizens usually go to the voting centers at early hours, or during the lunch break, but in the case of Arizona a large majority has already paid thanks to the voting system. early, which lasts about a month before the primary.
However, as Efe was able to confirm, today there has been a constant trickle of citizens at the beginning of the day, after the polls opened at 6.00 a.m. MST.
Scott, 57, a war veteran, is also registered as an independent and refuses to say who he has voted for, however, he says that he and his environment feel that the government is still very interventionist. He is also convinced that there is still electoral fraud: “They keep on counting votes from people who are no longer with us,” he says, referring to deceased people who, according to “he has read”, are part of the recount at the end.
Historically conservative, the demographics of Arizona are increasingly friendly with the Democrats, so the state has become a fundamental enclave to reverse the balance and know who will take the majority on the Capitol, something that Republicans themselves recognize . “Arizona was a ‘red state’ (Republican), but now we start from scratch,” Ayshia Connors, communications director of the Republican Party in Arizona, told Efe.
“Among other issues, the demographic change has helped the Democrats, so we can not give any seat for insured,” insists the conservative strategist, who highlights the vocation of unity of the party in the state, thanks to the figure of the current governor, Doug Ducey After decades of irrefutable conservatism, the Democrats in Arizona exude enthusiasm: the data they handle on the early vote show a greater participation than in the presidential elections of 2016 and that factor always blows in their favor.
In addition to snatching Flake’s seat from the Republicans, they hope to have a competitive candidate to face Ducey in the Interior, a race in which highlights the Latin Democrat David Garcia, whom several polls have given him as a winner against the current Governor this November, although by a very narrow margin.
“After November, I can guarantee that you will see a very different Arizona,” Steven Slugocki, president of the Democratic Party in Maricopa County, said in a conversation with Efe. “The state is changing.”