While Republicans outnumber Democrats in the state, recent polls indicate the potential for a blue wave in 2020. That’s according to Samara Klar, a political scientist with the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy, who discussed what factors signal that the state is turning purple.
“A lot of people aren’t all that happy with their existing party. And that’s going to work in the underdog’s favor. Republicans really need to fight to keep people enthusiastic about their party. What we’ve seen since the beginning of Trump’s administration is a declining approval rate among Arizonans,” Klar said. “Most of what we’re seeing in Arizona is national level discourse, which is pretty negative.”