Arizona's Congressional Elections: Good, Bad, and Ugly
- The Bad
CD-6: Republican David Schweikert v. Democrat/Independent Matt Jette
Congressman Schweikert's reelection came a couple months ago, after defeating fellow freshman Congressman Ben Quayle in a primary battle. Jette made the ballot as a Democrat, although he's since changed his party affiliation to independent. Schweikert could have been sitting on his couch eating Fritos for the past month instead of campaigning, and he still would win this election easily.
CD-4: Republican Paul Gosar v. Democrat Johnnie Robinson
The easiest way to explain this is that Gosar is a sitting Republican congressman who didn't say anything profoundly stupid to make national news, and Robinson's new to the game in a Republican district. Yawn.
CD-5: Republican Matt Salmon v. Democrat Spencer Morgan
Morgan's name is one of those we discovered this morning on the Secretary of State's website, and Salmon -- a former Congressman -- is another guy who probably won after defeating Kirk Adams in the primary for this east Valley district. Salmon's got the support of all the big Republicans in Arizona, and he's fairly well-known around here. Morgan's just 26 years old, and while we appreciate the gonads to run against a guy like Salmon, he probably doesn't have high hopes for himself, either.
Next: The Ugly