2014 Arizona Political Predictions
*Wendy Rogers wins the GOP right to take on Congresswoman Sinema. General election tighter than expected but the Ironwoman triumphs.
*Martha McSally defeats Congressman Barber.
*Speaker Tobin narrowly wins a knife fight against upstart Gary Kiehne. Wins close victory over Kirkpatrick in 2014 but can’t hold it with the presidential turnout in 2016.
*Hallman’s money and tenacity capture GOP nod for State Treasurer and cruises to General Election win.
*Corporation Commission: Field too fluid to call right now.
*Attorney General: Stan Barnes, J.D. Hayworth and Barbara Barrett all couldn’t defeat vulnerable GOP incumbents. Neither will Brnovich defeat Tom Horne despite significant assistance from outside parties. Rotellini defeats Horne.
*Secretary of State: Up by 30 points in the polls right now Cardon’s margin will decrease as Michele Reagan becomes a media darling ala John McCain fighting for campaign finance reform in New Hampshire circa 2000. Her rise related to rumor (and real?) “dark money” for long-shot candidate Justin Pierce. But in the end can Cardon chop down Goddard? Perhaps the most interesting race to watch in 2014.
*Governor: Mesa Mayor Smith has an “it” factor that could gain some traction, but without big, promised outside support from DMB not enough oxygen to track down Doug Ducey. Ken Bennett steady throughout but lacks message and moxy to do much better than Claude Mattox performed as a well qualified candidate in City of Phoenix mayoral race. Before the primary Vegas oddsmakers put it at 3:1 that Christine Jones’ head will explode with rage, like in the movie Scanners. Andy Thomas gets the old Bert Tollefson vote. Democrat Duval runs well but discovers like Cherny before him that Ducey too qualified, decent and likeable. Governor Ducey.