In Maricopa County, one of the peculiarities of the 2018 midterm elections in Arizona was that while Republican turnout was up and Democratic turnout was down from 2018, some top-tier Republican candidates lost their campaigns.
60 percent of the state’s registered voters reside in the county covering the metropolitan metropolis of Phoenix.
In Arizona, Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 166,000 individuals.
Maricopa County had a 64.2 percent voter participation rate in the midterm elections, which was approximately 8 percent higher than the average of 56.3 percent since the 1970s, according to Scott Jarrett, the county’s Election Day director, who provided a summary of the election at Monday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting.
Nevertheless, this was lower than the 2018 midterm participation percentage of 64.5%.
According to Jarrett, 75,4 percent of Republicans participated in the election this month. In 2018, Republican voter participation dropped by more than 1 percentage point to 74.2 percent.
In contrast, Democratic turnout was lower in 2019 than it was in 2018: 68.5% vs 69.9%.
Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state and Democratic candidate for governor, defeated Republican Kari Lake despite a decline in Democratic voter turnout compared to 2018.
In addition, Democratic Senator Mark Kelly beat his Republican opponent Blake Masters.
Kris Mayes, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, maintained a 500-vote advantage over Abe Hamadeh, the Republican candidate, before to the recount.
In 2022, according to Maricopa County:
75.4% of Republicans turned out, up from 2018
68.5% of Democrats turned out, down from 2018
There are more registered Republicans (1,436,852) than Democrats (1,270,544) in AZ
Yet…no GOP candidate benefited (Except the treasurer!😂) pic.twitter.com/4fJsV9EuH7
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 28, 2022
The success of Kelly is explicable. He is the incumbent, an astronaut, a Navy veteran, and the husband of former Arizona U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, who was severely and permanently injured in an assassination attempt in 2011.
Even though he voted 94.5 percent of the time with the extremely unpopular President Joe Biden, Kelly enjoys a great deal of goodwill among Democrats and presumably also among independents.
Last month, Biden’s approval rating in the Grand Canyon State was 36%, while Kelly led by a margin of 49% to 42% in the same Civiqs survey.
Independents favored Kelly by a margin of 16 points, or 55 percent to 39 percent, according to exit polls.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The RealClearPolitics polling average had the race pretty much at a dead heat going into Election Day. Kelly ended up winning the contest 51.4 percent to Masters’ 46.5 percent, a difference of about 125,000 votes. CONTINUE READING…