Long considered one of the most conservative states, Arizona has become slightly less conservative in recent years. This trend started around 2000, somewhat due to the increasing Latino population. Liberal Democrat Janet Napolitano was elected to two terms as governor in 2002 and 2006. Arizona's senior U.S. Senator is John McCain, one of the most moderate Republicans in Congress. Conservative talk show host and former Representative J.D. Hayworth was unable to unseat McCain in 2008. That same year, five out of Arizona's eight U.S. Representatives elected were Democrats, in part due to redistricting that favored Democrats. That pendulum swung back in 2010, and now five out of eight are Republicans.
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