Phoenix, Arizona. — Republican hegemony seems to have come to an end in Arizona,a place they haven’t lost to Democrats since 1996, when President Bill Clinton triumphed.
But not only would they have been taken away by the 11 electoral votes they contribute to the election of the president of the American Union: for the first time there will be two Democratic senators representing Arizona since 1952, in the face of the strong advantage of astronaut and pilot Mark Kelly.
The election management authority’s latest data update kept Biden ahead in the vote count. The count is scheduled to end next week.
If Democratic nominee Joe Biden won the presidency for the minimum, 270 electoral votes, Arizona will have been the defining pass to reach the White House, thus avoiding four more years of current President Donald Trump’s answering policies.
“Losing Arizona would represent a colossal blow to Trump,” political analyst Michael O’ Neil tells EL UNIVERSAL. “If Biden reaches 270 electoral votes, Arizona will emerge as a determinant in defining the presidency of the United States.”
The Arizona survey expert describes the preliminary outcome as the culmination of a process that began in 2012 and progressively made the entity one of the most competitive electoral battlegrounds in the US.
The mutation of an absolutely red to purple and now blue state would result from the moderate change in electorate behavior in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous and including the capital, Phoenix. In this evolution, urban white women would be played a leading role.
“Historically we have been a very conservative state, but this result tells us that we are increasingly like the rest of the country,” he explains.
“It also tells us that the Republican Party has been hurt by the tendency to nominate increasingly radical candidates, who have tried to project Democrats as extremists, without success, because it is simply false.”
Trade unions and organizations defending minority rights give the result to the massive mobilization of people of color.
Alejandra Gómez, co-director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), says that through the network, of which they are a part, they mobilized an army of a thousand volunteers to take out the multicultural vote.
Beatriz Topete, vice president of Unitehere, a union that deals with food and hospitality service workers, also highlights the effort made to change the entity.
“This is a result of not sitting at home; we decided to persist. We left 400 people, some of us knocked on doors, others gave aventones and answered doubts; it was very hard to touch more than 20 thousand doors each day at temperatures of up to 115 Fahrenheit [46 degrees Celsius],” he says to this newspaper.
He claims that the “historic result” reflects the pandemic, mass dismissal of workers, lack of social protection, and Trump’s “fatal” leadership in the health crisis.
“This is a sign that when we go out to vote, we win, and that we don’t all agree with the ideals of Republicans. We have shown that we can take power and change things if the people get up and go out and vote.”
Vianey Olivarría, de Chispa, an organization that advocates climate justice, says election day marked the beginning of a new struggle, rejection of hate policies such as SB1070 and the Latin community’s determination to overcome the multiple obstacles to civic participation.
He claims the next step will be to knock down Gov. Anthony Duce, who during the campaign received Trump’s visit seven times.
“It is only the beginning of a struggle that must lead us to take power and materialize the longed-for change. We cannot fall asleep on our laurels, we must make the promises materialize, the struggle continues in Arizona.”
He argued that mobilization will focus on pushing policies for the rights of migrants, women and environmental, air and water protection.
They will demand to stop the construction of the wall with the border with Mexico, for its impacts on coexistence between the border inhabitants and on the flora and fauna.