Democrat Party Elites Have Already Fixed the Primary Election By Avoiding Voter Input Altogether
PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, commented on reactions to his lamentation yesterday that Senator Leah Landrum Taylor was dropping out of the race to be the Democrat’s nominee for Secretary of State, denying voters a chance to select their party’s nominee for another of the top spots in Arizona government.
“The Democrats are fixing their primary election by eliminating any choice on the ballot — and based on today’s field, Democrats have no reason to even vote in their primary,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Republicans, on the other hand, have a healthy amount of candidates for each and every top office, and the enthusiasm of voters supporting these Republicans is going to translate into a better turnout in the November election.
Graham noted that in the 2012 election the top statewide office was for a U.S. Senate seat, and while Republicans had a vigorous primary contest in that race and saw a 48 percent voter turnout, the Democrats fielded only a single candidate that had been recruited by President Obama. Other Democrats dropped out when Obama recruited Democrat Richard Carmona, who then lost to Jeff Flake. In the Democrat primary, only 36 percent of party voters participated.
“Removing choice from the ballot not only drove down Democrat participation in the primary, but it caused Democrats to fall far behind in the general election — with 83 percent GOP to 75 percent Democrat turnout,” said Graham. “Even Linda Valdez, one of the most liberal journalists in Arizona, recognizes the disastrous effect of the Democrats’ scheme to deny their voters a role in this election.”