Monday, October 25, 2010

New York Times: "House Democrats Fight Off Extinction in Arizona"

Great article in the New York Times today on how Arizona's several Democrat members of Congress are probably going to lose. Some excerpts -

When it comes to endangered species in Arizona, there are the bonytail chub, the Sonoran pronghorn and, perhaps soon, the Congressional Democrat.

Of the state’s eight House members, five are Democrats. That may change on Nov. 2, with four of the five in varying degrees of trouble.

“It’s high anxiety for Democrats everywhere, but it’s especially so in Arizona,” said Barry Dill, a Democratic strategist in Phoenix who is still hopeful that the party’s incumbents can rebound in the final days before Election Day.

...In the race for the open seat in the Third Congressional District, Jon Hulburd has been locked in a close contest against Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. But elsewhere in Arizona, Democrats are on the defensive, even incumbents who were thought to dominate their districts, like Representative Raul M. Grijalva in the Democratic-leaning Seventh District.

Considered even more in danger than Mr. Grijalva are Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, who represents the sprawling First District in northern Arizona; Representative Harry E. Mitchell, a second-term congressman who represents parts of Phoenix and communities to the northeast; and Gabrielle Giffords, whose Republican-leaning Eighth Congressional District covers southeastern Arizona.

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