Looks like it's time to officially add another swing state to the list in 2016!
A new statewide poll gives Hillary Clinton a surprising lead over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race in Arizona."Should be?" If the past is a guide, pretty much...but this year could be the start of Arizona's run as a purple-to-blue state in many general elections to come. The spike in Hispanic voter registration and the GOP's choice of nominee this year are major factors, of course, but let's also remember that another Clinton won Arizona by a couple of points in 1996.
Clinton gets 46.5 percent versus 42.2 percent for Trump in 1,060-voter poll conducted by Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights.
“It’s shocking to think that a Democratic presidential candidate would carry Arizona if the election were held today, considering that every statewide office in Arizona is held by a Republican as well as significant majorities in the Arizona House and Senate,” said Wes Gullett, a partner of OH Predictive Insight, GOP political consultant and longtime confidant to U.S. Sen. John McCain.
“Arizona should be a reliable red state,” Gullett said.
Democrats definitely have good reason to feel optimistic about Arizona this year. And who knows, maybe we can take John McCain's senate seat while we're at it!