Arizona 8/28 Primary: At a Glance


One of the hottest swing states (pun intended), Arizona has a chance to flip a U.S. Senate seat, and take away the Republican majorities in the state legislature. Here’s the 411 on Arizona’s primary.

Arizona has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 28. If you’re a voter in Arizona, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Arizona Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration:
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting info here 
Absentee voting info here
Info for voters with disabilities here

STATE Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• All 9 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +3.5 for Trump in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 17 (R) – 13 (D)
>>> State House 35 (R) – 25 (D)

Key Races

The sitting governor, Doug Ducey (R), is seeking re-election. The Democratic candidates are:

Steve Farley – website
Kelly Fryer – website
David Garcia – website

Cook Political Report has Districts 2 and 6 rated competitive, and are good opportunities for the Democrats to flip. In District 2, Ann Kirkpatrick and Matt Heinz are considered the frontrunners, and in District 6, Heather Ross and Garrick McFadden had the fundraising edge.

District 2 candidates
Matt Heinz – website
Ann Kirkpatrick – website
Billy Kovacs – Facebook page
Mary Matiella – website
Barbara Sherry – website
Bruce Wheeler – website

District 6 candidates
Garrick McFadden – website
Anita Malik – website
Heather Ross – website

Senator Jeff Flake (R) announced that he would not seek re-election. Most outlets consider this Senate race to be a Toss-Up. This Arizona Senate seat is critical to the Democrats’ hope for flipping the Senate. Initially, there was a large pool of Democratic candidates, but the final two going into the primary are:

Deedra Abboud – website
Kyrsten Sinema – website

All 30 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 3 seats to gain control of the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 60 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Democrats need to flip 6 seats to take the House. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Arizona Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Arizona Democrats.

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