|Gabriela Saucedo Mercer with Arizona governor Jan Brewer in 2010|
Source: Arizona Secretary of State's Office.
The first is that Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, carrying conservative hopes for unseating progressive Democrat incumbent Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva in Arizona's 3rd Congressional District, is leading in the Republican primary with almost 64% of the vote, to Jaime Vasquez' 35%, with 93% of the polls reporting.
That's enough of an insurmountable lead to call the election for Saucedo Mercer!
The other very interesting story is on the Democrat side of the primary. While overall, Grijalva is leading his nearest competitor, Amanda Aguirre, by a 66% to 25% margin, in Yuma, Grijalva is losing to Aguirre with 26 of 27 precincts reporting (49% to 43%)! Yuma, you may recall, had the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 28%!
The import of tonight's news is of national significance. This is a prime opportunity to get rid of one of the most obnoxious and destructive progressives in Congress (in a future post I will set forth Grijalva's nationwide impact) and replace him with someone who has conservative values and integrity.
Grijalva is vulnerable. For one, he is facing the first challengers from his own party in 10 years, and Aguirre led a very vocal, aggressive campaign that had significant impact on the Latino community. That is one indicator of the growing distrust he and his progressive agenda has sown among his constituents. Another indicator is his loss in Yuma, where it became obvious that Grijalva's progressive agenda does NOT include concerns about unemployment.
The vote coming out of Maricopa county is also revealing. Grijalva challenger Aguirre got her second best showing, getting 38% of the Democratic votes. The Republican primary in Maricopa county resulted in about a 60-40 margin in favor of Saucedo Mercer.
Maricopa county has more Republicans than Democrats, however. Even though both Grijalva and Saucedo Mercer got about 60% of the Maricopa county vote, Saucedo Mercer got about 8% more raw votes than Grijalva in an election that only brought out 21% of registered voters. It is very possible that between Yuma and Maricopa county, Saucedo Mercer could drive Grijalva out of office in November!
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